UK Music Sensation Emeli Sande Gets Ready To Take US By Storm

May 13th, 2013 12:00pm EDT
Emeli Sande
Everything's looking up for Emeli Sande. Since the Scottish singer-songwriter released Our Version of Events in 2012, she watched it become the year's best-selling album in the UK, performed at the London Olympics, and enjoyed a huge international buzz. She's now featured on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, which opened Friday. BFTV caught up with the red-hot singer to get to know her better.

"The whole of last year was just such a crazy ride for me," Emeli reflected. "I feel like it's really surpassed my expectations and it's gone a lot quicker than I ever would've imagi...

Former Dresden Dolls Singer Amanda Palmer Writes Puzzling Poem For Boston Marathon Bomber

April 23rd, 2013 7:31pm EDT
Amanda Palmer
The tragic outcome of last week's Boston Marathon bombings is still fresh in the minds of many who are suffering, yet there are some individuals ready to capitalize on it by shocking an already vulnerable populace into a state of confusion.

Amanda Palmer, former member of the Dresden Dolls, a two-man group hailing from Boston, is not known for her ability to fade gracefully into obscurity. In an interview with SPIN, she said "I hate being ignored" though she isn't lacking in publicity, unless you exclude the negative kind. She's been criticized most recently for hosting a crowd-sourced, mi...

Molly Ringwald To Release Jazz Album

January 17th, 2013 10:29am EST
Molly Ringwald
Some things are in the blood - including musical abilities. Actress and author Molly Ringwald is adding to her creative resume by releasing an album of standards.

Her debut disc, "Except... Sometimes," will be released in April. The daughter of jazzman Bob Ringwald, the leader of the Great Pacific Jazz Band, the actress' upcoming release will include her renditions of songs like "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and "I'll Take Romance."

In addition, Ringwald also takes on Madonna's "Dick Tracy" tune "Sooner or Later."
The actress made her debut on Tuesday night at a New York concert a...

Zoe Saldana To Replace Mary J. Blige In Nina Simone Biopic

August 16th, 2012 3:26pm EDT
Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana has replaced R&B superstar Mary J. Blige in a forthcoming biopic about jazz great Nina Simone.

Blige was cast in the movie adaptation of Cynthia Mort's Nina in 2010 and was due to begin filming last year.

However, the project suffered a funding setback which delayed the start of the shoot indefinitely, and the problems prompted Blige to step down from the role.

Producers have since resolved the investment issue and Saldana has signed up in the singer's place, days after news of the Avatar beauty's involvement in a new Simone biopic surfaced earlier this week.

She will le...

Concert Review: Earl Klugh and Kenny G, Thornton Winery

July 24th, 2012 1:45pm EDT
Earl Klugh
Temecula's Thornton Winery was the site of another satisfying evening of jazz as Earl Klugh and Kenny G put on an entertaining show on Sunday evening.

Grammy-winning guitarist Klugh (read our interview here) opened the evening with a varied arrangement of songs from his extensive catalog, ranging from more Latin influences to some of his well-known hits. The choice of material showed how versatile he has been over his decades-long career. It perfectly explained how Klugh has been a successful solo artist and performed with some of the best in the business, including Kenny G - his body of...

Q&A: Grammy-Winning Guitarist Earl Klugh Comes To Thornton Winery

July 20th, 2012 7:10am EDT
Earl Klugh
This Sunday, Temecula's Thornton Winery continues its Champagne Jazz concert series by welcoming Kenny G and Grammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh.

"I've known Kenny from the beginning of his career. He's always been fun. I don't think we've ever done anything together live," said Klugh of the man he'll be sharing the venue with this weekend. "We've done a few things in the past; nothing very much, but I worked on a couple of projects [with him]. Kenny's a good guy. I really like him. He's very easygoing."

Klugh has collaborated with many notable musical artists across multiple genres, in...

Concert Review: Bobby Caldwell and David Benoit, Thornton Winery

June 25th, 2012 12:00pm EDT
Bobby Caldwell
Smooth jazz veterans Bobby Caldwell and David Benoit have decades of experience between them, and that showed in their combined effort at Temecula's Thornton Winery on Sunday night.

The pair were participating in Thornton's 24th annual Champagne Jazz Series, which brings the stars of the genre to an intimate Inland Empire setting. Despite the heat, which registered in the nineties, both Benoit and Caldwell put on a relaxed and engaging show.

Benoit opened the performance, mixing a selection of hits such as "Freedom at Midnight" and Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" with tracks from his ...

Brian Culbertson's 'Dreams' Soars

June 12th, 2012 10:42am EDT
Brian Culbertson is one of smooth jazz's best and brightest - which also raises my expectations for each album he puts out. Even by that high standard, new album Dreams is a success.

Dreams (released today) has that same funky, velvety-smooth sound that has made Culbertson so successful. He's consistently turned out the kind of music that you can easily lose yourself in. Take, for example, the album's second track "No Limits." It features guest vocals by Stokley Williams and is a perfect song for date night. It's the latest soulful, romantic ballad that Culbertson's become very good at, no...

Starpulse Scene's Erin Demchak Heads To New Orleans For Jazz Fest 2012

May 16th, 2012 9:48pm EDT
Foo Fighters
Starpulse Scene’s Erin Demchak was in New Orleans for the 2012 Jazz Fest where she saw the Foo Fighters, Mystikal, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Zac Brown Band and many more bands perform during the festival. Check it out!

Natalie Portman And Johnny Depp Star In Paul McCartney's 'My Valentine' Video

April 14th, 2012 10:07pm EDT
Natalie Portman And Johnny Depp
Legendary rocker Paul McCartney celebrated the release of his new video Friday night by throwing a party in West Hollywood with his daughter, designer Stella McCartney. Newlywed McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell was also in attendance, along with the likes of Glee star Jayma Mays, Gwen Stefani, Twilight star Kristen Stewart, supermodel Miranda Kerr, and actresses Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Zooey Deschanel.

The clip for the former Beatle's latest single "My Valentine", off his number-one charting jazz album "Kisses On The Bottom", stars Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp.

The two A-l...