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Barbra Streisand

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Barbra Streisand was born in Williamsburg, New York, to Emanuel Streisand and Diana Ida. Her father was a high school teacher, whose parents were Austrian. He died when Barbra was just 15 months old. Streisand has a half-sister, Roslyn Kind, who was also a singer. Barbra had a very turbulent relationship with her step-father, Louis Kind. Whilst attending Erasmus Hall High School, Barbra Streisand sang in the school choir with Neil Diamond. In her teens, Streisand won a singing competition and started to sing in nightclubs. She was keen to get into acting and appeared in a number of off-Broadway shows, including Driftwood, with Joan Rivers. Barbra Streisand made her debut TV appearance on The Tonight Show, hosted by Jack Paar, singing 'A Sleepin' Bee' by Harold Arlen

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Article: Extended Analysis

Exposures

Read "Exposures" reviewed by John Kelman


Between the impact of the COVID pandemic since 2020, and in the eight year-long tenure of King Crimson's final lineup, which toured between 2014 and 2021, there's been a lot revealed about its sole remaining founding member, guitarist/keyboardist Robert Fripp. Since 2012, the more than five-decade history of King Crimson, live and in the ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Charlap: Intellect And Emotion

Read "Bill Charlap: Intellect And Emotion" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


"I don't ever remember a time when I didn't play the piano," reflects pianist Bill Charlap, who has become one of the giants of his generation on his instrument of choice, as evidenced by the array of other great players with whom he has performed. With his deft and agile approach he can summon a fiery ...

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Article: Book Review

There Was A Fire: Jews, Music, And The American Dream

Read "There Was A Fire: Jews, Music, And The American Dream" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


There Was A Fire: Jews, Music, And The American Dream Ben Sidran 405 Pages ISBN: # 9780578800691 Nardis Books 2021 Ben Sidran has established himself as a formidable talent in the jazz world as both a pianist and a songwriter. He has recorded almost forty solo albums and ...

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Article: Hardly Strictly Jazz

Marty Sheller: The Name Behind The Sound You All Know, Part 1

Read "Marty Sheller: The Name Behind The Sound You All Know, Part 1" reviewed by Skip Heller


There are certain musicians who embody eras, even if they're not the player with their picture on the cover. In our contemporary musical climate, Greg Leisz comes to mind. Since 1991, he has popped up on hundreds of acclaimed albums, and without ever really changing his style, he has become centrifugal beyond the considerations of genre ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir

Read "Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir" reviewed by Jim Worsley


With so many talented jazz pianists over the years, it can be a challenge to make your own mark or carve out your own identity. Many fine musicians have simply blended into the scene, seemingly unnoticed, due to a lack of singularity that sets them apart. Tamir Hendelman crashes that barrier with a signature sound that ...

Article: Book Review

The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma

Read "The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma Ben Sidran 284 Pages ISBN: 978-0578556604 Nardis Books 2020 Le vicende personali e l'attività professionale di Tommy LiPuma sono il soggetto privilegiato di quest'appassionante biografia scritta da Ben Sidran. Scomparso nel 2017, LiPuma è stato un protagonista della produzione discografica jazz e rock ...

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Article: Live Review

Michael McDonald with Chaka Khan at The NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "Michael McDonald with Chaka Khan at The NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante


Michael McDonald with Chaka Khan The NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY June 28, 2019 Most musicians would dream about having the type of career that Michael McDonald has enjoyed. McDonald's career had been long and storied. In the early '70s he was a member of Steely Dan's ...

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News: Award / Grant

Los Angeles Based Independent Jazz Label, BFM Jazz, Wins Five Grammys

Los Angeles Based Independent Jazz Label, BFM Jazz, Wins Five Grammys

BFM JAZZ is a boutique record label based in Los Angeles that garnered six Grammy nominations and turned them into five wins this past Sunday. In the company’s brief, nine-year existence, they’ve put out 27 projects that have accumulated 17 nominations collectively. In 2018, BFM Jazz released just three projects. All three received nominations and all ...

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Article: Profile

The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work

Read "The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work" reviewed by John Kelman


He may be largely regarded as the most influential guitarist to emerge from the Netherlands, a country that, bordering on the North Sea, is roughly one-quarter the physical size of England and, with a current number of about seventeen million, has just one-third the population of the UK's largest country. Still, despite garnering major in-country recognition, ...


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