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50 Golden Years of The Hampton Jazz Festival  

50 Golden Years of The Hampton Jazz Festival  

By Michael P. Curry It was the Summer of 1968. The very first Hampton Jazz Festival was presented (after the idea had been gestating for about a year) on Armstrong Field at (then) Hampton Institute. That first  Festival included performances by  Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Theolonius Monk, Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick, Muddy Waters

Mountaintide Rising

By Tom Robotham If you’ve lived in this area for any length of time, chances are you’ve seen Jim Newsom perform. Over the last three decades he has been a mainstay at local festivals, while also playing frequently at countless smaller events, in both jazz ensembles and pop-rock cover bands. While playing covers can get

MUSIC: Bring on the Sunrise

By Tom Robotham If you listen to NPR, you’re familiar with BJ Leiderman’s work. For nearly 40 years, his theme music has introduced the public-radio network’s signature program, Morning Edition. Subsequently, the longtime Virginia Beach resident—who now lives in Asheville, NC—composed the musical intros to several other popular NPR shows, including Car Talk, Marketplace and

Meet the Monbacks

Norfolk band makes national debut on Yep Roc Records on June 17 By Jim Morrison “It started as a half joke,” Neal Friedman says. Major and the Monbacks, the Norfolk-based band of high school buddies, were starting to think about recording their second album. They were listening to an album by Virginia Beach’s Natalie Prass

Todd Rundgren: The Studio Wizard Returns with White Knight

By Jeff Maisey Todd Rundgren continues to push the envelope with a sense of experimentation on his new album titled “White Knight,” featuring something unique for this wizard of the recording studio – collaborations. Rundgren (performing Tuesday, May 16 at Sandler Center) has had an interesting career as both recording artist and record producer/engineer. After

Lincoln Center Orchestra Puts Jazz in Virginia Arts Festival

By Jerome Langston It’s been just a few hours since severe weather brought a tornado or two to southeastern Virginia, when I finally catch up with the acclaimed trombonist, Vincent Gardner, who grew up in a noted musical family in Hampton, and is now teaching at Northwestern University in Chicago where he was born. He’s

Top Spring Jazz Performances

Compiled by Staff   Cecile McLorin Salvant Presented by Virginia Arts Festival April 9 Robin Hixon Theater Classically trained, this award-winning jazz vocalist has seized the imagination of the audience with her “resoundingly eloquent” voice — “whether growling the blues or barely breathing, Salvant has inbuilt swing, an actor’s stagecraft, an instrumentalist’s precision…jazz-informed artistry of

Top Spring Classical Music Performances

Compiled by Staff   tenThing Presented by Virginia Arts Festival March 23 Attucks Theatre Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth has won rave reviews in recital and headlining orchestra concerts from the BBC Proms to Carnegie Hall. She also leads a unique all-female, ten-member ensemble of brass players in transcriptions of the classics that reveal new

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