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Oscar winner John Williams among 19 new members of American Academy of Arts and Letters

Feb. 29, 2024 21:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — After composing some of the most famous soundtracks in history, and winning multiple Academy Awards, John Williams has been welcomed into a more rarefied institution: the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The academy announced Thursday that Williams was among...

Music Review: Faye Webster's indie 'Underdressed at the Symphony' journeys through a lifetime

Feb. 29, 2024 16:49 PM EST

Faye Webster, known for her thoughtful blend of indie rock, folk and country, has a new album titled “Underdressed at the Symphony." The release journeys through a lifetime — looking back at childhood and ahead to adult relationships — without ever sounding rushed. The...

Music Review: Giorgi Mikadze Trio builds engaging musical bridge linking jazz to Eastern Europe

Jan. 30, 2024 11:52 AM EST

The Giorgi Mikadze Trio’s new jazz album ends with a bit of studio conversation before Mikadze finally says, “Let’s start,” as if the group is just getting going. The album title implies the same, and “Face to Face: Georgian Songbook Vol. 1” will leave listeners wanting...

Today in History: December 27, Soviets forces seize Afghanistan

Dec. 27, 2023 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 27, the 361st day of 2023. There are four days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 27, 1979, Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. President Hafizullah Amin (hah-FEE’-zoo-lah...

AP Breakthrough Entertainer: Kris Bowers, quickly scoring the title of Hollywood's favorite composer

Dec. 13, 2023 09:16 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kris Bowers grew up in Los Angeles, just a few minutes away from The World Stage performance space, and immersed in jazz. Music, he knew, was always his path. “I told them (my parents) when I was 12, I want to go to school for jazz and tour as a jazz artist and...

Inaugural Jazz Music Awards will be broadcast on PBS and PBS Passport with host Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dec. 12, 2023 07:01 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are country award shows and hip-hop award ones, Latin Grammys and beyond — so why hasn't there been a televised jazz music award show to look forward to every year? That changes on Jan. 1 when the inaugural Jazz Music Awards hits PBS member station...