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Jazz Great Ornette Coleman Dies

6/11/2015 12:35pm EDT
Ornette Coleman: Prolific Jazz Musician Dies At 85
Famed jazz musician Ornette Coleman has passed away at the age of 85.

Coleman's representative confirmed the news on Thursday, revealing that the Grammy Award winner passed away in New York City following a heart attack.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow released a statment on Coleman's passing on Thursday:

With his prodigious saxophone skills, improvisational prowess and innovative compositions, Ornette Coleman was a true pioneer of jazz in America. A recipient of The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, Ornette's willingness to break barriers propelled the jaz...

A Viewers Guide To Bad Movies. Really Bad Movies!

6/16/2009 10:58am EDT
Troll II
During this year's SxSW festival, a small documentary titled Best Worst Movie premiered to an enthusiastic reception. The film, directed by former child actor Michael Stephenson, follows the production of a small independently financed Italian-cum-American horror film titled Troll 2. Starring no one, and directed by an Italian exploitation film director with a scatter-shot grasp on English and titles like a Terminator knock off titled Terminator 2 under his belt (the title rights were available in Italy), the 1990 film was released direct-to-video and promptly faded from existence. The acto...

Charlie Hunter Makes Fantasy Debut With 'Mistico'; Returns To His Trio Beginnings

7/31/2007 4:10pm EDT
It's been two and a half years since Charlie Hunter's last release, Copperopolis. This is certainly not too long to wait if you're happy with the jazz status quo. But for those of you who are Hunter fans Mistico has been a long time coming.

With Mistico, Hunter's first release on Fantasy Records, he continues the quest he's been on since he left Blue Note years ago; a quest no more complicated than the enjoyment of music-his own and others'. And he seems at least a few steps closer to what he's been looking for. "I wanted everything to sound like one kind of large instrument that will ...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 19

3/19/2007 3:00am EDT
Bruce Willis
Happy Birthday to "16 Blocks" star Bruce Willis (1955), "The Shield" actress Glenn Close (1947), Louisiana musician Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Swiss actress Ursula Andress (1936), jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman (1930), and famed wild west lawman Wyatt Earp (1848; d. 1929).

Shakira, Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown & Others To Perform at Grammy Awards

2/7/2007 9:38am EST
International superstar and Grammy Award nominee Shakira will perform, along with nominee Wyclef Jean; nominees Chris Brown, Lionel Richie and Smokey Robinson team for a special tribute to the tradition of great male R&B artists; and nominee Rascal Flatts will join previously announced nominee Carrie Underwood in a tribute to country rock, on "The 49th Annual Grammy Awards," live from Staples Center in Los Angeles, Sunday Feb. 11 (8:00-11:30PM live ET/delayed PT) on CBS.

Added to present are current nominee Natasha Bedingfield, current nominee and 12-time Grammy Award winner Tony Benne...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

12/31/2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...

Grateful Dead, The Doors, Joan Baez & More To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

12/20/2006 4:03pm EST
Grateful Dead
Recipients of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Award were announced today. Joan Baez, Booker T. & The MG's, Maria Callas, Ornette Coleman, The Doors, the Grateful Dead and Bob Wills will receive The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Estelle Axton, Cosimo Matassa and Stephen Sondheim will be honored with The Academy's Trustees Award. David M. Smith and Yamaha Corporation have been named recipients of the Technical GRAMMY Award.

"This year's group of accomplished honorees are as diverse as they are influential as creators of the most re...

Bruce Hornsby Releases 5-Disc Box Set

8/2/2006 11:05am EDT
Bruce Hornsby
Bruce Hornsby is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his breakthrough debut album with the 5-disc box set, “Intersections 1985-2005.” The collection arrives as Bruce Hornsby and his band The Noisemakers are in the midst of their 2006 summer U.S. tour.

The career-spanning collection, comprising four CDs (totaling 53 tracks, 26 of them previously unreleased on CD) and one DVD (with 23 clips, 21 of them previously unreleased on DVD), arrived in stores July 25. “Bruce Hornsby: Intersections 1985-2005” includes a full-color booklet, spiced up by Hornsby's provocative and witty track-by-trac...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 19

3/19/2006 3:02am EST
Bruce Willis
Happy Birthday to "16 Blocks" star Bruce Willis (1955), "The Shield" actress Glenn Close (1947), Louisiana musician Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Swiss actress Ursula Andress (1936), jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman (1930), and famed wild west lawman Wyatt Earp (1848; d. 1929).