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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

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

Britain’s Vinny Peculiar to Play Colley Cantina This Saturday

By Jeff Maisey Britain’s Vinny Peculiar will perform an intimate gig Saturday, March 18 at Colley Cantina. He’ll be joined by a backing group of Norfolk musicians tasked with learning a variety of his works, including tracks from his critically acclaimed concept album, “Silver Meadows (Fables from the Institution).” In 2014, Uncut Magazine called Peculiar

Setzer Struts Holiday Tunes, Rockabilly Riot

By Jeff Maisey The Brian Setzer Orchestra has embarked upon its 13th annual Christmas Rocks tour while also touting a new DVD called “Rockabilly Riot: Osaka Rocka – Live in Japan 2016.” Fans of the neo-rockabilly/big band singer/guitarist/arranger will get a full evening of Setzer’s recorded holiday classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas

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