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  1. February 24, 2014

    The Polo Lounge, Beverly Hills

    Where: Beverly Hills Hotel, Sunset Boulevard WiFi: Yes Plug sockets: Some, but not at every table Espresso: $8 Open: 7am to...

  2. November 12, 2013

    Paul Jackson Quartet featuring Randy Brecker, Ronnie Scott’s, London – review

    Paul Jackson is the bass player whose earth-shaking riffs were the foundation of Herbie Hancock’s ultra-funky Headhunters...

  1. October 14, 2013

    SFJAZZ Collective, SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco – review

    The SFJAZZ Collective are an eight-piece repertory jazz ensemble charged with creating new music through original...

  2. July 19, 2013

    A civil rights chase of Zimmerman is doomed to failure

    The US attorney-general Eric Holder, speaking at the convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored...

  3. beyondbrics

    May 6, 2013

    Jakarta too edgy for Aerosmith

    Aerosmith wrote a hit single about “Livin’ on the Edge” but it seems that Jakarta, which has one of Southeast Asia’s hottest...

  4. November 15, 2012

    Outside Interests: How to have a hit song recorded

    Anyone who thinks they might have the ability to write a hit song but doesn’t have a foothold or contacts in the music...

  5. October 29, 2012

    Lionel Richie, 02 Arena, London

    King of the 1980s slow dance and pastel-suited soppiness, Lionel Richie is big business once more. Hello, he may have...

  6. July 11, 2012

    Ronald K. Brown, Joyce Theater, New York

    Choreography and religious conviction do not often serve each other, but when they do – as with Russian émigré George...

  7. March 23, 2012

    Upright citizen

    Bass players who sing and conjure razor-sharp counterpoint are rare in jazz, and those who sing their own lyrics rarer...

  8. February 3, 2012

    Paul McCartney: Kisses on the Bottom

    Paul McCartney says he chose Kisses on the Bottom’s terrible title out of mischief and his record company begged him to...

  9. October 26, 2011

    Mike Stern Quartet, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Mike Stern could just as easily have called his muscular, warm-hearted, quartet “the fusion jazz all-stars”. The guitarist’s...

  10. July 12, 2011

    Aloe Blacc, Somerset House, London

    Recessions have generated an impressive songbook, from “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”’s lament for the betrayal of...

  11. July 10, 2011

    Salesman with many masters

    Two things occur to you when you walk out after a meeting with Marc Benioff, the founder, chairman and chief executive of...

  12. June 23, 2011

    Savion Glover, Joyce Theater, New York

    He has beaten his feet to gospel, jazz, opera, Stevie Wonder and a planetarium soundtrack. But for Sole Sanctuary (at the...

  13. March 15, 2011

    Kurt Elling, Barbican, London

    Pitch-perfect: Kurt Elling Kurt Elling’s stage persona is an uneasy mix of cabaret MC and inveterate jazzer. His opening...

  14. February 10, 2011

    Ronald K. Brown, Joyce Theatre, New York

    Humanity, joy, spiritual uplift: Ronald K. Brown reinvigorates these hoary abstractions. The 44-year-old Brooklyn native may...

  15. January 28, 2011

    Can we free ourselves from superstition?

    The Sage “Superstition” is a brilliant song, but Stevie Wonder got it badly wrong when he sang, “When you believe in things...

  16. June 29, 2010

    Glastonbury Festival

    Festival-goers faced a dilemma on Glastonbury's last day. Football or heavy metal? No contest. A louche Pied Piper lured...

  17. June 25, 2010

    Phil Collins

    Earlier this year, the UK musician Phil Collins was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio, along with the...

  18. June 9, 2010

    Farmers who hit the right note

    Michael Eavis clambers out of his battered red Land Rover. Up close, the 75-year-old's appearance is a bit startling. The...

  19. June 8, 2010

    Farmers who hit the right note

    Michael Eavis clambers out of his battered red Land Rover. Up close, the 75-year-old’s appearance is a bit startling. The...

  20. November 6, 2009

    Rod Stewart: Soulbook

    Rod Stewart Soulbook Sony Following his Great American Songbook albums of standards, Rod Stewart continues his...

  21. July 17, 2009

    Jackson's death thrills look-alikes

    Could Michael Jackson's spirit cure the economy's ills? It is not just Goldman Sachs bankers who have hit the good times....

  22. July 16, 2009

    Jackson’s death thrills look-alikes

    Could Michael Jackson’s spirit cure the economy’s ills? It is not just Goldman Sachs bankers who have hit the good times. So...

  23. October 18, 2008

    John Legend

    John Legend's stage name mixes anonymity with hubris. Legend, real name John Stephens, was a session musician before his...

  24. September 23, 2008

    Ne-Yo, Hammersmith Apollo, London

    As every chat-show host knows, a good warm-up man is vital. Ne-Yo, R&B’s shiniest star after the pop success of “Closer”...

  25. September 15, 2008

    Stevie Wonder, O2 Arena, London

    It’s hard to be unsentimental about Stevie Wonder, the blind maestro who created some of pop’s sunniest music. Yet in truth...

  26. September 6, 2008

    Live music

    Stevie Wonder September 8, Birmingham NIA, then touring The prodigy who released his first album aged 12 hasn't aged well....

  27. August 29, 2008

    Obama silences doubters

    Those who came to the Invesco Field on Thursday witnessed something they are unlikely ever to forget. Barack Obama gave an...

  28. July 26, 2008

    Pop Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

    Stephanie McKay Tell It Like It Is Muthas of Invention The extravagantly Afro-ed Stephanie McKay is a throwback to...

  29. April 21, 2008

    Guide Arts around the world

    Bilbao Art in the USA Featuring almost 200 artworks, this exhibition, which covers more than three centuries of American...

  30. April 20, 2008

    Arts around the world

    Bilbao Art in the USA Featuring almost 200 artworks, this exhibition, which covers more than three centuries of American...

  31. March 8, 2008

    Bill Clinton hits the right note, 1992

    ''Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow'' was the chorus booming around Madison Square Garden, New York, when Bill Clinton...

  32. February 7, 2008

    Obama borrows moptops' magic

    Barack Obama's California fans took over the Avalon theatre in Hollywood where the Beatles played their first west coast...

  33. February 6, 2008

    Dispatches from the presidential battlegrounds

    New York relieved that Clinton ‘can Hillary Clinton took to the stage in the Manhattan Center in New York on Tuesday night...

  34. February 6, 2008

    Obama feted in ‘Clinton country’

    The Avalon theatre in Hollywood is where The Beatles played their first gig on the west coast in 1964. On Super Tuesday it...

  35. January 10, 2008

    'Choking-up' moment dims Obama wonder

    The tune that accompanied Barack Obama's arrival on Tuesday night at what was expected to be another victory rally said it...

  36. November 22, 2007

    Weston bling

    Suits mingled with celebs at the party hosted by the Canadian billionaire owner of Selfridges, Galen Weston , and wife...

  37. September 29, 2007

    Paul Morley recreates the sounds of Gilbert's glory days

    If you'd bought an album in 1969, you might have chosen one of the greatest of all time - Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask...

  38. August 4, 2007

    JAZZ & WORLD MUSIC

    Marcus Miller Free 3 Deuces records The final track on producer/arranger/bass guitarist Miller's latest album asks "What is...

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