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New exhibit illuminates pioneering Indiana recording studio

Aug. 1, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lot of America’s most important music was recorded in a one-story studio that sat in a Richmond river gorge. In true humble Hoosier fashion, that fact is unsung. Gennett Records was the first to capture horn titan Louis Armstrong, Delta blues giant Charley Patton and Hoagy...

FILE - Shakira, left, and Jennifer Lopez perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers in Miami Gardens, Fla. on  Feb. 2, 2020. Lopez and Shakira’s show-stopping Super Bowl halftime performance is nominated for four Emmy Awards. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Pharrell, Beastie Boys, RZA, halftime show score Emmy nods

Jul. 28, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winners including Pharrell Williams, the Beastie Boys and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor have a chance of winning their first-ever honors at the Emmy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s show-stopping halftime show performance also earned multiple nominations....

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 1963, file photo, British jazz singer Annie Ross, right, and actor Sean Lynch are covered with confetti after their marriage in London. Ross, who rose to fame as a jazz singer in the 1950s, struggled with personal problems in the '60s, faded from the spotlight in the '70s, re-emerged as a successful character actress in the '80s and finished her career as a cabaret mainstay, died Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at her home in New York. She was 89. Her death was confirmed by her former manager, Jim Coleman. (AP Photo/Dear, File)

Annie Ross, jazz singer turned actor, dies at 89 in New York

Jul. 22, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Annie Ross, a popular jazz singer in the 1950s before crossing over into a successful film career, has died. She was 89. Ross’ manager, Jim Coleman, told the Washington Post that the entertainer died Tuesday at her home in New York, four days before her 90th birthday. She had...

In this combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from July 26 - Aug. 6, Kate Beckinsale, from left, attends the special screening of

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 26-Aug. 1

Jul. 20, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 26-Aug. 1 July 26: Actor Robert Colbert (“The Time Tunnel,” “Maverick”) is 89. Singer Darlene Love is 79. Singer Brenton Wood is 79. Singer Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones is 77. Actor Helen Mirren is 75. Drummer Roger Taylor of Queen is 71....

In this 1966 photo, Cannonball Adderley, left, performs with his brother Nat Adderley on cornet and Victor Gaskin on bass Seattle's Penthouse jazz club.. On Friday, a small jazz label is set to digitally release a rare recording by jazz legend Cannonball Adderley from 1966 concerts in Seattle. (Devra Hall via AP)

Rare Cannonball Adderley 1966 Seattle concerts going digital

Jul. 9, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A rare collection of previously unissued recordings by legendary jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley is becoming more accessible thanks to two small jazz labels seeking to keep jazz history alive. Vancouver, Canada-based Cellar Music Group’s imprint Reel to Real and New York...

In this Tuesday, June 16, 2020, photo, musician Alix Julien, above, center, encourages 6-year-old Nova Sankara to dance as Alegba Jahyile, right, leads the band Alegba and Friends in a nightly concert at Brooklyn's Prospect Park boathouse in New York. In pre-COVID-19 days, the band performed in local bars and restaurants. But since the pandemic, indoor restaurant dining has been suspended, so the group has taken their music outdoors by the water's edge where they've developed a loyal following of regulars. Sankara's father is a professional dancer. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Band's pandemic diversion leads to every-night gig in park

Jun. 29, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What started as a way for two musicians to get out of the house during the pandemic has turned into nightly concerts at the boathouse in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park -- with fans who expect them to play three to four hours a night, seven nights a week. The musicians, accustomed to...