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Don Cheadle To Star In And Direct Miles Davis Biopic

November 14th, 2013 11:49am EST
Don Cheadle to play Miles Davis
Don Cheadle is set to take on the role of jazz legend Miles Davis in a new biopic.

The actor will star as the famous trumpeter, who died in 1991, also direct the film, titled "Kill The Trumpet Player."

BiFrost Pictures confirmed the partnership with Cheadle to bring the film to the screen on Wednesday, something the actor has been trying to do for years. It will also mark his directorial debut.

"Kill The Trumpet Player" will also star Ewan McGregor and Zoe Saldana, who will play Davis' wife Francis.

Cheadle joined some of the late musician's family members in Los Angeles last week for t...

A Supergroup That Could Have Been: Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix & Miles Davis

May 11th, 2013 5:02pm EDT
Jimi Hendrix
The music universe did not know it at the time but it was deprived of one of the most unique endeavors ever proposed.

Paul McCartney missed out on the chance to form a supergroup with fellow music icons Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis in 1969 - because he was on holiday.

Hendrix, Davis and the jazz trumpeter's drummer, Tony Williams, were making plans to record an album together with producer Alan Douglas, and decided to call on The Beatles legend to join them on bass.

They sent out the invite via telegram on October 22, 1969, writing, "We are recording and (sic) LP together this weekend. H...

DVD Review: Miles Davis: Live at Montreux 1973-1991

September 1st, 2011 6:42pm EDT
Miles Davis
It may only be highlights and not a true full-on DVD release of Miles Davis’ live performances at Montreux (the accompanying booklet claims there is no such complete DVD release), Miles Davis: Live at Montreux 1973-1991 still accomplishes its goal – to showcase the work of a well-respected, incredibly talented gentle musician.

Miles Davis: Live at Montreux 1973-1991 opens with a sight as simple and innocent as Davis and his band standing on stage tuning their instruments, though when the band launches into the opening “Ife,” you’d be hard-pressed to not get goosebumps. Throughout the DVD’s...

Mark Salling Releasing A Rock Album

August 6th, 2010 5:00pm EDT
Mark Salling
Actor Mark Salling is following in the musical footsteps of his Glee co-star Matthew Morrison by releasing his own album.

The 27 year old plays bad boy football player Noah 'Puck' Puckerman on the hit TV comedy, about a high school show choir, and regularly shows off his vocals on the program.

However, Salling is set to return to his roots as a trained musician for a new solo record and he will be taking inspiration from his favorite artists in rock and jazz.

He tells Teen Vogue magazine, "I love nineties stuff like Alice in Chains and Nine Inch Nails...
I also love jazz greats lik...

Reviewed! The Moody Blues - 'Threshold Of A Dream: Live At The Isle of Wight Festival' DVD

July 12th, 2010 8:00pm EDT
moody blues
The Moody Blues: “Threshold of a Dream: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival” - Eagle Rock Ent.

If you see only one Moody Blues DVD this year (and c’mon, why wouldn’t you?), make it their recently released “Threshold of a Dream: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival,” a picture perfect account of their performance at, yes, you guessed it, the famed 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. Even though the festival played host to acts that operated on a much different wavelength – the Doors, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull and Miles Davis – the Moody Blues - Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Ray Thomas, Graeme ...

Ten Greatest Albums Of The Decade

December 16th, 2009 10:06am EST
Ten Greatest Albums of the Decade
So far, we've brought you the Greatest TV Shows and Greatest Songs of the decade. Now it's time to look at what may be a dying breed. With the advent of the ability to download singles off the Internet individually, and the massive popularity of the iPod - it's no longer necessary to buy an entire album in order to hear the one or two songs you'd really like to own. Because of that, it may no longer be necessary for artists to create albums, or even sign record deals. This could be the last decade the album is a dominant artform. With that in mind - here are the Ten Greatest Albums of t...

Barbra Streisand Caught Up In Pet Contest Scandal

September 17th, 2009 10:14am EDT
Barbra Streisand Caught Up In Pet Scandal
Barbra Streisand has been left baffled after fans accused her of rigging a "cute pet" competition so her friend could win a prize to watch her in concert.

The veteran singer is due to play at notorious jazz venue Village Vanguard in New York on September 26th- 48 years after she appeared there to open for legendary musician Miles Davis. Two tickets for the gig were put up as top prize in a dog contest - which Streisand's friend Marilyn Smart's pooch Dina won on Monday.

Smart boasted about her win on her online blog, telling readers she scooped a "round-trip airfare for two, hotel ac...

List Of The 51st Grammy Awards Winners

February 9th, 2009 9:07am EST
Robert Plant
Former Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant and his new performance partner Alison Krauss were the toast of the 51st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after claiming a fistful of honors.

The duo picked up awards for Album of The Year, Record of The Year, Best Pop Collaboration, Best Country Collaboration and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.

Lil Wayne, who was the most nominated artist at this year's Grammys, took home three prizes and a share of the Best Rap Performance for a Duo or Group for Swagga Like Us with Jay-Z, T.I. and Kanye West. Coldplay were also triple w...

Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

September 19th, 2008 9:07am EDT
Walk the Line
The biopic is a longstanding Hollywood tradition. There are the big budget epics like the now infamous Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra," David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," or Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." Then there are the smaller pictures chronicling the equally gripping stories of those less celebrated. Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the Irish cerebral palsy painter, Christy Brown in "My Left Foot," or Bill Condon's 2004 film "Kinsey" about human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey come to mind.

In recent years, thanks in part to the wide success of the films "Ray...

Music Is Meant To Be Heard Live

July 28th, 2008 9:03am EDT
Wu-Tang Clang
At last summer's Rock the Bells, less that two minutes after Wu-Tang Clang busted into their first song, which is to say five minutes after the yo-yo-yos concluded, my dad plopped himself down on the grassy knoll. "These guys suck," he muttered into the tattooed shins of the toking Latino in front of him.

It's not that my pop is the typical old guy who views rap as an example of all that is wrong with the world; he had just nodded along to Cypress Hill several sets before, even mouthing a few choice lyrics to "Insane in the Membrane." No, my dad is just not a fan of live music he can'...

Concord Music Group Unveils New Section Devoted To Rarities And Collectibles

June 26th, 2008 8:30pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
With labels such as Fantasy, Specialty, Prestige and Stax, the scope of the Concord Music Group catalog is as deep and eclectic as your beloved public radio station left of the dial and as vast as the greatest neighborhood indie store. The quandary now is where to go to find a collection of Jerry Garcia’s oeuvre with Merl Saunders or to find Soultrane on vinyl without having to take out a second mortgage. Well, record collecting has just turned a corner.

Concord Music Group welcomes you to The Collector’s Corner.

Break out those lists of the obscure, out of print and the monophoni...

Concord Music Group Unveils New Section Devoted To Rarities And Collectibles

June 24th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
With labels such as Fantasy, Specialty, Prestige and Stax, the scope of the Concord Music Group catalog is as deep and eclectic as your beloved public radio station left of the dial and as vast as the greatest neighborhood indie store. The quandary now is where to go to find a collection of Jerry Garcia’s oeuvre with Merl Saunders or to find Soultrane on vinyl without having to take out a second mortgage. Well, record collecting has just turned a corner.

Concord Music Group welcomes you to The Collector’s Corner.

Break out those lists of the obscure, out of print and the monophoni...

World Renowned Bassist Marcus Miller Releases New Album, 'Marcus'; Win A Signed Copy!

April 8th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Marcus Miller
Among the world's most gifted, forward-thinking and eclectic electric bassists, Marcus Miller is a two-time Grammy-winner and the composer / producer of eight critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums.

On March 4, 2008 Concord Jazz released Marcus, Marcus Miller's 7th solo release, featuring guest appearances by Corinne Bailey Rae, Lalah Hathaway, Keb' Mo' and more, including Taraji P. Henson, the actress who lent her vocals to the Oscar winning song "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" from the film Hustle and Flow.

The 13-track album finds Marcus serving up his own signature fu...

Collection Of Hits From Multi-Million-Selling Italian Singer-Songwriter Zucchero Released

February 20th, 2008 5:02pm EST
"All The Best" is an affectionate compilation of 15 tracks from Italian singer/songwriter Zucchero, whose original releases span from 1986 to the present, including four new tracks recorded specifically for this release. Several tracks contain stellar guest performances from artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker and Vanessa Carlton.

Perhaps no other recording artist in the world has recorded as many successful – and diverse – collaborations as the singer-songwriter from Emilia-Romagna. "All The Best" features Zucchero's first such collaboration with jazz leg...

Herbie Hancock's 'River: The Joni Letters' In Stores Now

October 14th, 2007 10:00am EDT
Herbie Hancock
Depending on the day, Herbie Hancock might perform any number of roles. He's the nation's first-call jazz ambassador, a futuristic technology advocate, a dedicated educator, and of course, an American music luminary.

Most of all, like all great artists he makes things new again. He did it for us with The New Standard, when he found the swing and the meaning in pop classics. He did it with his kaleidoscopic take on Gershwin's World—and took home three Grammy® awards for it.

Yet for all Hancock's accomplishments both in and out of music, there's one thing he'd never done. "I had n...

Stylish Stars Make GQ List

September 21st, 2007 9:07am EDT
David Bowie
Italian movie star Marcello Mastroianni, David Bowie, Steve McQueen, Bob Dylan and George Clooney have been named among the 50 Most Stylish Men in the Past 50 Years by men's magazine GQ.

Elvis Presley, Bryan Ferry, Paul Newman, Johnny Depp, Miles Davis, Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Robert Redford, Al Pacino, Warren Beatty and Sean Connery also make the list.

A few surprises among the stylish 50 include filmmaker Woody Allen, Beck, punk icons The Ramones and British rocker Pete Doherty.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits Gathers All 10 Sides That Made Pop And R&B Charts From 1968-70

September 11th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Sly & The Family Stone
The final entry in the 40th anniversary restoration campaign of the great album discography of the first golden decade of Sly & The Family Stone - which kicked off with the spring release of the expanded editions of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records (1967-1974) - now comes full circle as Greatest Hits arrives in stores Aug 28th on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

Sly & The Family Stone - the first hitmaking interracial, mixed-gender rock and soul band - recorded and released their first album 40 years ago in 1967, A Whole New Thing. It introduc...

Grammy-Nominated Trumpeter Christian Scott To Release Highly Anticipated Sophomore Album, 'Anthem,' Aug. 28

August 14th, 2007 5:27pm EDT
Christian Scott
On August 28, 2007, Concord Jazz will release Anthem, the highly anticipated sophomore album from Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott. Anthem is a powerful collection of 12 tracks teeming indie-rock, neo-soul, hip-hop and jazz and features an appearance by Brother J of X-Clan on the finale track "Anthem (Postdiluvial Adaptation)". The tracks on the album give us a taste of Christian's hometown, New Orleans, and the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, however it also reflects the many changes Scott has gone through since releasing his debut album in 2006. "My life changed completel...

Pianist Sal Mosca Dies

August 10th, 2007 11:34am EDT
Charlie Parker
Jazz pianist Sal Mosca has died from complications brought on by emphysema. He was 80. Mosca passed away at a hospital in White Plains, New York on July 28. Born Salvatore Joseph Mosca on 27 April 1927, he worked with jazz greats like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday.

In the early 1980s, he stopped performing live to focus on teaching instead, although he began playing sporadic concerts again in recent years.

Mosca is survived by a daughter, two sons and seven grandchildren.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Mink: Here To Stay And Ready To Play-- For A Long, Long Time

August 9th, 2007 5:30pm EDT
The band has clearly hit the ground running. Formed just a blink ago in Spring 2006, Mink has already written more than 60 songs (30 of them in one intense three week stretch), recorded their debut album in just four weeks (with noted producer Sylvia Massy of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool fame), shot one of the most fun videos of recent times for its infectious song Talk to Me with director Christian Lamb (Madonna, Korn, Kelly Clarkson, Incubus), had another song Pressure Pressure featured nightly in ESPN's 2006 Major League baseball playoffs coverage, and has established itself as one of ...

Chaka Khan: 'Funk This' In Stores September 25

July 31st, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Chaka Khan
Say the name "Chaka" and most folks in the know instantly think of a woman who has made an indelible and lasting impression on the music scene of the past three decades. First, as the lead singer of the massively successful R&B, funk and pop band Rufus, then as a solo artist in her own right who has influenced an entire generation of female vocalists (think Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Maysa among others). Like Aretha, like Joni, like Tina, a first name will do. For there's only one Chaka, woman of fire, possessed of a powerhouse, unforgettably distinctive trademark vocal style who ...

Fascinating Facts

July 2nd, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Michael Buble
Canadian crooner Michael Buble is still haunted by a childhood experience which saw him search dark waters for a missing fisherman. The singer spent time as a youngster working on his father's fishing boat and admits the hunt for a missing man whose boat had overturned while heading to see his waiting family scarred him for life. He says, "It really affected me. I couldn't stop thinking about his wife and kids."

Ethan Hawke bought a 1971 Barracuda so he could use the classic car in his new film The Hottest State.

Live Earth co-organizer Al Gore is getting serious about saving ...

Don Cheadle Struggles To Separate Fact From Fiction While Researching Miles Davis

June 30th, 2007 10:54am EDT
Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle received no help from Miles Davis' family while researching his role as the jazz man - because no one had any recollections about the music icon's secret life.

The Hotel Rwanda star felt sure recollections from Davis' family members would help him master the essence of the legend but Cheadle discovered he knew more about his subject than they did.

He says, "I asked them about parts of his life and they don't have any idea. They don't know what was going on.

"Miles Davis lived in a house on the Upper West Side in New York - in this converted church - for five years...

Don Cheadle Hated Johnny Cash Biopic Because Phoenix Didn't Swear Enough

June 29th, 2007 9:47am EDT
Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle has criticized Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal as country legend Johnny Cash in Walk The Line because he didn't swear enough. The star, who is set to play jazz great Miles Davis in an upcoming biopic, hopes his film is a more accurate depiction of an icon.

He says, "I'm really tired of biopics. I think that, unless they're done in a very interesting and unique way, it doesn't work for me. Either the movie is so long that you're falling asleep by the end of it or the movie has one foot in trying to educate you and the other in trying to entertain you. I mean, `Entertain me and ...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 26

May 26th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Matt Stone
Happy Birthday to WWE Diva Ashley Massaro (1979), South Park co-creator Matt Stone (1971), "The Corpse Bride" actress Helena Bonham Carter (1966), rock star Lenny Kravitz (1964), "General Hospital" actress Genie Francis (1962), comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (1962), film and TV actress Margaret Colin (1957), "Jackie Brown" star Pam Grier (1949), country superstar Hank Williams Jr. (1949), "Miami Vice" actor Philip Michael Thomas (1949), Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks (1948), British guitarist Mick Ronson (1946; d. 1993), The Band drummer Levon Helm (1942), jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (1926; d...

Xzibit: 'I Hate Rap Right Now'

May 11th, 2007 1:28pm EDT
Hip-hop star Xzibit is so disillusioned with the current state of the rap scene, he's turned to British soul star Amy Winehouse for inspiration. The star only had the chance to listen to Winehouse's latest album, Back To Black, in full this week, but he is amazed at what he heard.

He says, "I hate rap right now. Underground hip-hop is good, but rap is just... whatever. I like Amy Winehouse. When I heard her record, I was floored (in awe). It's music, real music. She's from that era of Etta James and Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, even before Miles Davis. You know, that old, real soulful...

Christina Aguilera Talks About Her 'Back To Basics' Tour (Part 3); Win Her CD

April 26th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera recently chatted with fans about her North American Tour. Each Thursday at 8pm Starpulse will post one of four portions of the interview, with the final part going live on Thursday, May 3, just days before Christina's 'Back To Basics' tour comes to a close. We're also giving away copies of her Back To Basics CD throughout this final leg of her tour. You can enter to win a copy here. This is Part 3:

How you doing, Christina?

Christina Aguilera: I'm well. How are you?

I'm cold, but doing OK other than that.

Christina Aguilera: Oh, no.

I've hear...

Saxophone Lessons Helped Don Cheadle Master Miles Davis

March 23rd, 2007 9:12am EDT
Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle's saxophone-playing past is giving the actor an edge as he prepares to play jazz great Miles Davis on the big screen. The star is taking trumpet lessons in a bid to master Davis' signature instrument - and he admits a little sax appeal is helping him tremendously.

He explains, "I play the sax and I'm starting to play the trumpet, we're developing that right now."

But he wishes he'd stuck to his saxophone lessons: "I never dedicated myself and took it as seriously as I could have... Once I hit a bad note, I quit."

-More on Don Cheadle

(This news article prov...

Don Cheadle To Make Miles Davis Biopic

March 15th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Don Cheadle
Reign Over Me star Don Cheadle will make his feature film directing debut with a biopic of jazz great Miles Davis.

The Oscar nominated star will also serve as a producer on the project. Darryl Porter of Miles Davis Properties will also be involved as a producer and the filmmakers have secured music and life rights to the jazz star's legacy.

Davis, who died in 1991, is considered one of the most influential jazz musicians from World War II on.

His recordings include Sketches Of Spain, Kind Of Blue and Bitches Brew. Producer Kay Liberman adds, "Miles pushed the envelope and w...

Epic To Release Sly & The Family Stone's Original Studio Albums In Limited Quantities April 10

March 7th, 2007 12:50pm EST
Sly and The Family Stone
The tumultuous hitmaking career of Sly and The Family Stone continues to reverberate in every single genre of contemporary music - from pop and R&B to hip-hop and jazz - more than three decades after the group's last appearance on the Top 40 charts.

The groundbreaking saga of Sly & The Family Stone was played out over the course of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records, recorded and released between 1967 and 1974: A Whole New Thing (1967), Dance To The Music (1968), Life (1968), Stand! (1969), There's A Riot Goin' On (1971), Fresh (1973), and Small Talk (1974). Those al...

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