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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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