Top Posts From AJBlogs For 01.31.16

Victoria Tchekovaya, Part 2

In early December, Rifftides Moscow correspondent Svetlana Ilicheva reported with enthusiasm about an appearance by singer Victoria Tchekovaya (pictured) at a vocal festival of the Moscow Jazz Art Club. Ms. Tchekovaya’s concert was in observance… … read more
AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2016-01-31
Paul Kantner in 2008, photo by Mike Krepka for The Chronicle Jefferson Airplane founding member Paul Kantner’s death at age 74 on Jan. 28 has been met by a cultural shrug compared to the celebratory… … read more
AJBlog: Jazz Beyond JazzPublished 2016-01-31
@AJDoug’s Top Arts and Culture Stories of the Week for 01.31.16

It’s the week before the American primary season gets real with voting in Iowa this Monday and I’m sure you’ve all checked out the candidates’ positions on arts and culture, right? If so, let me… … read more
AJBlog: DiacriticalPublished 2016-01-31
Here’s a Thrill: Elaine May’s Flick on Mike Nichols

Mike NicholsJust caught the PBS American Masters documentary on Mike Nichols, in essence a smartly made interview directed by Elaine May. It’s thrilling from start to finish — and doubly so because, unexpectedly, he gives… …read more
AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2016-01-31
Blackstar, David Bowie (with the Donny McCaslin Quartet and guitarist Ben Monder) (Columbia) Peter Doggett on On Point, January 12, 2016 Jon Pareles Obituary, New York Times Greil Marcus on Lodger, 1979 (“…ideas are run up the flagpole,… … read more
AJBlog: blog rileyPublished 2016-01-31
Uncanny Resemblance Department

What else do a great jazz artist and a great conductor have in common? Well, Maurice Ravel, for one. And for another, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Stravinksy and Ellington both said it, in almost the same… … read more
AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2016-01-29
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