Few films are as culturally significant as “The Jazz Singer.” Starring Al Jolson and released in 1927, it was the first feature-length “talkie.” History made! Yet Alan Crosland’s picture is now mostly remembered, and discredited, for a scene in which Jolson performs his signature song, “My Mammy,” in blackface — a form of entertainment that has long stopped being acceptable. Like much art, though, “The Jazz Singer,” based on Samson Raphaelson’s 1925 play, is not easy to entirely dismiss. It is a fascinating, complicated text dealing with assimilation and community, transgression and forgiveness, tradition and innovation. It’s that fraught terrain that the director Joshua William Gelb and the composer/music director Nehemiah Luckett are surveying in their “jazz singer,” a new multimedia show at Abrons Arts Center. In the first part, Mr. Gelb, Mr. Luckett, the performer Cristina Pitter and the onstage … [Read more...] about Review: ‘jazz singer’ Looks to Complicate a Film’s Fraught History
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Nancy Wilson, Grammy-winning jazz singer, dies aged 81 BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Grammy-winning jazz and pop singer Nancy Wilson has died aged 81. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/nancy-wilson-grammywinning-jazz-singer-dies-aged-81-37625793.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37625790.ece/c87b8/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_ddc1360c-4888-4aa4-96bd-1da6729ff417_1 Email Grammy-winning jazz and pop singer Nancy Wilson has died aged 81. Her manager Devra Hall Levy told AP that Wilson died peacefully after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park. Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole and other stars, Wilson covered everything from jazz standards to Little Green Apples and in the 1960s alone released eight albums that reached the top 20 on Billboard’s pop charts. Sometimes elegant and understated, or quick and conversational, she was best known for such songs as her breakthrough … [Read more...] about Nancy Wilson, Grammy-winning jazz singer, dies aged 81
TRIBUTES are pouring in to the legendary singer Nancy Wilson after her death at the age of 81. Here's what we know about the jazz, soul and pop legend, whose extraordinary gift for story-telling captivated millions over six decades in showbiz. What was Nancy Wilson's cause of death? Her manager Devra Hall Levy said Nancy had died peacefully after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, on December 13, 2018. The singer's incredible life began 81 years earlier on February 20, 1937, in Chillicothe, Ohio. She was the first of six children born to Olden Wilson, a supervisor at an iron foundry, and Lilian Ryan, a maid. Nancy began singing at the age of 4, and by the age of ten was the lead singer in a local choir. She cut her first record for Dot Records, but nurtured her talent for a further seven years before she moved to New York in 1959. During her prime she would release three albums in a single year, and used … [Read more...] about What was Nancy Wilson’s cause of death and what were the jazz singer’s best songs?
Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning 'song stylist' and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died at the age of 81. The artist, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy revealed, late on Thursday night. Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat 'King' Cole and other stars, Wilson covered everything from jazz standards to Little Green Apples and in the 1960s alone released eight albums that reached the top 20 on Billboard's pop charts. Rest in peace: Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning 'song stylist' and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died at the age of 81 (pictured at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in 2005) Sometimes elegant and understated, or quick and conversational and a little naughty, … [Read more...] about Grammy award-winning jazz singer Nancy Wilson dies at age 81
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. A Winooski-based singer has overcome a lot of obstacles to follow her passion. Irene Webster goes by her middle name, Kerubo. She was raised in Kenya and moved to the United States, eventually forming an Afro-jazz band. Kerubo sat down with Cat Viglienzoni Saturday morning to share her emotional story. … [Read more...] about Afro-jazz singer overcomes coma to continue musical career
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Obituaries Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByAndrew R. Chow June 22, 2018 Rebecca Parris, a husky-voiced jazz singer known for both her blistering scat runs and her deeply affecting interpretations of ballads, died on Sunday in South Yarmouth, Mass. She was 66. Her death was confirmed by her daughter, Marla Kleman, who said Ms. Parris had collapsed after a performance and was taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where she died. No cause was given, but Ms. Kleman said Ms. Parris’s health had been declining since 2004, when she had a heart attack and developed severe osteoporosis. Ms. Parris was hailed by local journalists as “Boston’s first lady of jazz,” but over a four-decade career she also earned the respect of the jazz world at large, playing with luminaries like Dizzy Gillespie, Gary Burton and Buddy Rich. She performed at the Monterey … [Read more...] about Rebecca Parris, Jazz Singer, Is Dead at 66