International Jazz Day is May 28th!
Calling Jazz Music Fans World-wide. International Jazz Day, which occurs each year on May 28th, is a great opportunity to celebrate an unbelievably dynamic music genre encompassing everything from the Bebop to the Blues, and much more!
What is Jazz?
While Jazz Music has only been around since the begging of the 20th century, it has quickly blossomed from it’s humble beginnings into a wide dynamic range of sub-genres, including Bebop, Dixieland, Fusion and many more. The Jazz genre itself seems unwilling to accept a static label and it may be exactly as Jazz critic Joachim-Ernst Berendt suggests, the “spontaneity and vitality of [Jazz] musical production in which improvisation plays a role”; and “sonority and manner of phrasing which mirror the individuality of the performing jazz musician” ultimately makes it a genre that is very difficult to define.
One might go so far to say that each Jazz musician may in fact be creating a sub-genre unto themselves, as skilled Jazz performers will often interpret tunes based on their mood, experience, interactions with fellow musicians, or even the audience’s response and reaction to the music. So if you’ve been wondering why over just the last century we’ve seen the creation of more than half a dozen new ‘official’ Jazz sub-genres, now you know. Continue reading International Jazz Day »
There is no doubt that Lady Gaga’s ‘Edge of Glory’ , which was released last week, is a pure pop song. And while the fans may still be getting used to it, the song’s co-producer Fernando Garibay has told the media that he is surprised that the track has been released by Gaga and her team.
Garibay said that while the album’s title track ‘Born This Way’ was a statement song, ‘Edge of Glory’ is a very personal song, in which the singer has put a lot of heart and soul. Speaking in an interview with MTV, he remarked, “It is very personal and very real; it’s a real moment.” The co-producer’s other half on the production front of the song was DJ White Shadow, who had earlier commented that Gaga’s vocal delivery on ‘Edge of Glory’ was very impressive. “This song’s had room for her too … this is her natural tone. The vocal was one take. The whole thing from top to bottom was her, just backstage singing it all the way through,” he had said in a separate sit-down before the song’s release. Continue reading ‘Edge of Glory’ by Lady Gaga Surprises Co-Producer Fernando Garibay »
US Fans of former American Idol judges Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, who wanted to see the sharp-witted duo back on the jury desk, have got their wish now as the two have now officially signed up to appear on the US version of the reality show The X Factor.
The news ended weeks of speculation and uncertainty, which was causing a major disruption to the show’s operations. This means that the jury has been finalized, with Paula joining Cowell, British singer Cheryl Cole and former music executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid on the judging panel. Continue reading Paula Abdul Teams Up with Simon Cowell on X Factor »
Joe Jonas is scheduled to release his debut solo song ‘See No More’ on 3rd June, with its digital copy being made available for the fans to download from 13th June. The whole album is slated for a September 2011 release and the middle brother of the famous band of siblings, is excited for everyone to give him feedback on how he fared on ‘See No More,’ a track on which he was assisted during the production phase by R&B singer Chris Brown.
Joe was present at the Wango Tango music festival at the weekend, where he briefly spoke to MTV News, during which he said, “[It's] very exciting and I’m looking forward to all the fans hearing it and hopefully new ones [as well].” He further revealed that he is in touch with a video director, who will come up with the ideas for the ‘See No More’ music video in the near future for the singer to approve.
He explained, “I think it’s more so about how the emotions and the feelings that are going through and how you’re dealing with them and just displaying them in physical actions, so it’ll be the first really thought-out video that I’ve done.”
Continue reading ‘See No More’ by Joe Jonas is “a Dream Come True” »
It seems that most of Lady Gaga’s inventions these days stir up controversy, even if she didn’t mean to do it. Her latest music video ‘Judas’ has a lot of biblical content, and there is every chance that religious enthusiasts may start debating the lyrics’ intended meaning in the near future, but the singer herself maintains that it is not an anti-religion video and she never meant to hurt religious groups.
Soon after its highly anticipated release, Gaga explained, “[Judas] is not meant to be an attack on religion. I respect and love everyone’s beliefs.” During the video’s promotion campaign, she tried to clarify on multiple occasions that her song is not an attack on any religion. Instead, she suggested that “it’s meant more to celebrate faith than it is to challenge it.”
Continue reading Laurieann Gibson Explains the Religious Visuals in Lady Gaga’s Judas Music Video »
If there is any one in the music industry who can completely steal the limelight of an event, it is Lady Gaga. In early May, she registered herself in attendance at the Cannes Film Festival in order to perform on the French TV program ‘Le Grand Journal.’
Before the actual show, the Mother Monster was seen in a bright leather vest with the words ‘Born This Way’ printed on its back. On top of the highly fashionable vest, she dyed her hair in multiple colors to leave the rest of the A-list celebrities looking all alike, giving the audience more of a ‘Gaga and the others’ type of theme. Continue reading Lady Gaga in Full Flow at the Cannes Film Festival »
When there is an event hosted by Britney Spears everyone comes running, and that’s precisely what happened on May 11, when the pop diva and her family organized a private event for the benefit of the St. Bernard Project and several mainstream celebrities showed up to support Britney’s cause. In attendance at the Beverley Hills-held event were teen singer Selena Gomez, celebutante Kim Kardashian, actress/singer Hillary Duff and fashion model Kellan Lutz, among others. The St. Bernard Project is a Louisiana-based charity organization, which has assumed the responsibility of repairing the homes and lives of those who were affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Continue reading Britney Spears Plays Host for St. Bernard Project Charity Event »