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    Meryl Streep, James Taylor among U.S. cultural medalists

    Meryl Streep, James Taylor among U.S. cultural medalists

    President Obama honored 20 artists, scholars and writers — from James Taylor to Quincy Jones, from Philip Roth to Joyce Carol Oates— in a salute to the arts and humanities that embraced both celebrity and quiet achievement.

    "One of the great joys of being president is getting a chance to pay tribute to the artists and authors, poets and performers who have touched our hearts and opened our minds," Obama said, adding with a knowing look, "or in the case of Quincy Jones and James Taylor, set the mood."

    Read the full article @ USA Today.

    Harry Connick Jr. Set For Broadway Musical

    Harry Connick Jr. Set For Broadway Musical

    Harry Connick Jr. will hit the Broadway stage again this fall in the newly-updated musical "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever." Connick will play the lead role of Dr. Mark Bruckner, a psychiatrist and professor who delves deep into the mind of an unusual patient using hypnosis.

    The show has had multiple runs on Broadway, the first of which opened in 1967 with Barbara Harris as Daisy Gamble and John Cullum as Dr. Mark Bruckner. Both actors earned Tony nominations for their performances. The show was later reworked with Barbra Streisand and Yves Montand in 1970.

    Michael Mayer, the Tony-winning director behind "Spring Awakening" and "American Idiot" will direct and Peter Parnell will provide a revamped book. Alan Jay Lerner, author of the original book for the musical, composed the lyrical content with music from Burton Lane.

    by RTT News

    JAZZ .FM91 CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF JAZZ ... THANKS TO YOU!

    JAZZ.FM91 Toronto, Ontario (February 28, 2011) – The JAZZ.FM91 enterprise is celebrating its 10th anniversary broadcasting in an all-jazz format. More than just a radio station, JAZZ.FM91 is Canada’s only broadcaster and registered not-for-profit charitable arts organization dedicated to e nriching the cultural, educational and community experience of their audience.

    Providing youth programs and partnering with educational institutions, JAZZ.FM91 gives opportunities for thousands of promising young students and emerging artists to gain experience in music and broadcasting through workshops, internships, scholarships, and jazz-related content and programs. Jazzology, the Jazz 4 Kids concert series, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band, and The Canadian Jazz Archive Online (www.canadianjazzarchive.org) are some of the JAZZ.FM91 programs and resources available to youth interested in expanding their knowledge of jazz.

    ESPERANZA SPALDING WINS BEST NEW ARTIST GRAMMY AWARD

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    Heads Up International/Concord Music Group Recording Artist Is First Jazz Musician To Ever Win Best New Artist Grammy

    Cleveland, OH – Heads Up International/Concord Music Group is proud to announce that bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding has won the GRAMMY Award for Best New Artist. Winners were announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) at the 53 rd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 13, 2011, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. All nominations were for albums released from September 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010.

    Spalding is the first jazz musician to ever win the Best New Artist GRAMMY Award. She was nominated along with Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine, and Mumford and Sons.

    Jazz pianist George Shearing dies at 91

    Jazz pianist George Shearing dies at 91

    George Shearing, blind from birth, played in an all-blind band before becoming Britain's leading boogie-woogie artist. In the U.S., he hit on a jazz formula that established him in the jazz world and made him one of its leading artists for half a century.

    George Shearing, the elegant pianist who expanded the boundaries of jazz by adding an orchestral sensibility and a mellow aesthetic to the music, has died. He was 91.

    A prolific songwriter, he once introduced "Lullaby of Birdland," written in 1952 in celebration of the fabled New York nightspot and its radio show, by saying: "I have been credited with writing 300 songs. Two-hundred-ninety-nine enjoyed a bumpy ride from relative obscurity to total oblivion. Here is the other one."

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