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Young Blues Guitarist / Recording Artist, Sean Costello, Dead at Age 29

Young Blues Guitarist / Recording Artist, Sean Costello, Dead at Age 29

Blue artist Sean Costello died in Atlanta on April 15, one day shy of his 29th birthday. The cause of death was not reported. Costello had been on the road in recent weeks and had numerous concert dates scheduled in the U.S. and abroad, running well into November. His record label, Delta Groove, issued the following ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Shout! Factory Acquires Hightone Records Catalog

Catalog Titles To Be Incorporated Into Shout! Factory's Expansive Library Artists Include Buddy and Julie Miller, Tom Russell, Robert Cray, Dale Watson, Dave Alvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and More Los Angeles, CA - Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform audio and video entertainment company devoted to revitalizing the very best of pop culture, is proud to announce ...

NEWS: EVENT

Jaco Pastorius Honored in Oakland Park, 20 Years After Death

Jaco Pastorius Honored in Oakland Park, 20 Years After Death

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. -- Jaco Pastorius' violent death 20 years ago ended the career of one of the most original and flamboyant jazz musicians ever to strap on an electric bass guitar. Pastorius' Grammy-winning career included time with influential group Weather Report, Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock, who has called him a genius. But the end ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Cyrus Chestnut Champions the Music of a Charlie Brown Christmas

Cyrus Chestnut Champions the Music of a Charlie Brown Christmas

There are lots of reasons why “A Charlie Brown Christmas" has become an enduring classic since its TV debut in 1965: its gentle wit and wisdom, its slyly subversive message about consumerism and the true meaning of Christmas. But don't discount the buoyant jazz score, written by pianist Vince Guaraldi (1928-76) and now instantly recognizable to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Music Reviews: In the Age of Downloads, CDs Still Reign in Jazz

Music Reviews: In the Age of Downloads, CDs Still Reign in Jazz

Somehow, in the age of downloads, iPods, file sharing and what-not, great jazz keeps turning up on compact disc. The proof lies in this year's best recordings, which range from the vastness of trumpeter Terence Blanchard's “A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina)" to the intimacy of saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi's free-ranging “Tenorist" to the ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Oscar Peterson Mourned by Jazz Colleagues

Oscar Peterson Mourned by Jazz Colleagues

Oscar Peterson's dazzling keyboard technique, commanding sense of swing and mastery of different piano styles could leave even his most accomplished peers awe-struck. His death brought forth tributes from jazz pianists spanning the generations. Peterson died Sunday of kidney failure at his home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga. 87-year-old Dave Brubeck recalled the first time ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Herbie Hancock Suprised by Album of the Year Grammy Nomination

Herbie Hancock Suprised by Album of the Year Grammy Nomination

By Gail Mitchell, L.A. Many artists interviewed after this morning's 2008 Grammy Awards announcement in Hollywood noted a diversity among the list of nominees. A clear example of this may have been the album of the year nomination for jazz veteran Herbie Hancock's River: “The Joni Letter. Probably the most surprised was Hancock himself. “Album of ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Frank Sinatra Signs with Warner Records

Frank Sinatra Signs with Warner Records

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Who needs Madonna when you can have Frank Sinatra? Just weeks after losing pop star Madonna, music label Warner Bros. has signed up for the full rights to another major star -- Frank Sinatra -- with plans to revitalize and expand the late entertainment legend's career. Warner Music Group Corp and Sinatra's ...


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