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PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL
Etienne Charles

Bring the swing: Musicians hit the streets for 4th annual Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Organizers of the fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival, which will take place Sept. 2-6, say bringing the music to the streets helps carry on a great jazz tradition: That’s how jazz was fostered in this country, says Paul Arslanian, one of the festival’s coordinators and the director of the Northampton Jazz Workshop, an event that will be part of the … 0

Clubland: Ken Maiuri shares his impressions of this year’s ‘Transperformance’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Backstage at “Transperformance” Tuesday night, Ray Mason turned to me and said, marveling, “Where else can you see Christ backing Frankie Valli?” We were in a daze of amazement as Renaissance man Monte Belmonte (from 93.9 The River) crooned “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” as “Pioneer Frankie Valli,” sliding smoothly across the … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes at the Iron Horse, and much, much more

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes are Melbourne, Australia’s smartly dressed contribution to the world of retro soul (Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings), and they’ll bring their ’60s-influenced soul/spy/garage-pop to the Iron Horse in Northampton Friday at 7 p.m. The Eric Olsson Band opens. The band started as a one-time lark … 0

Browne, Lynn to get Americana awards

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jackson Browne, Loretta Lynn, conjunto musician Flaco Jimenez and blues musician Taj Mahal will receive lifetime achievement awards at The Americana Music Association Honors and Awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, in September. Browne, who … 0

tuned in Ken Maiuri on Valley music

Thursday, July 3, 2014

For jazz vocalist/pianist Karrin Allyson, the song’s the thing. She’s a four-time Grammy nominee, she sings in five languages, she spent 20 years on the same record label, she’s done a TED talk and performed with symphony orchestras. … 0

Clubland: Bulldog brings it with jazzy, neo-soul sound

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Maybe you loved jazzy soul-pop when it enriched the airwaves in the '70s. Or maybe you found your sonic sanctuary in the neo-soul movement — ’90s artists who combined that '70s melodic sophistication with the rhythmic language of … 0

The 6 most memorable moments from the BETs

Monday, June 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES — After nearly four hours of prizes, performances and the occasional bleeped expletive, the 2014 BET Awards came to a close. When it was all over, Pharrell Williams had two trophies, as did newcomer August Alsina, … 0

Angel Park Music Series in Williamsburg opens Thursday

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer has arrived, and with it comes a host of craft shows, fairs, barbecues, concerts and outdoor activities throughout the Hilltowns. The Angel Park Music Series will kick of its fifth summer of live musical entertainment in Williamsburg on Thursday. Through Aug. 24, local musicians will perform at … 0

Tuned In Ken Maiuri on Valley music

Thursday, June 26, 2014

For 40 years, Fitzwilly’s has been a Northampton landmark for eating and drinking and this weekend, to celebrate the anniversary, they’ll turn their parking lot into a place for music and dancing. The summery happening is called “Party … 0

Laurie Loisel Best Bets for June 27

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GUILTY PLEASURE My guilty pleasure this summer is the FX series “The Americans,” superbly acted by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys (some of us fondly remember him from “Brothers and Sisters”) playing Soviet KGB officers posing as an all-American couple while they carry out their spy duties on … 0

Clubland

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

On Tuesday night, Beck played up in North Adams at Mass MoCA — or, as it could have been named, Northampton West, since countless locals had made the trek: musicians, professors, bartenders, filmmakers, deejays, poets, painters, parents and … 0

MTV bringing ‘TRL’ back for 1 day

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — MTV will reprise its former “Total Request Live” countdown show for a day with breakthrough pop singer Ariana Grande. The network announced Wednesday it will bring back the series on July 2. Grande has … 0

Johnny Mann, leader of singing group, dies at 85

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Grammy-winning conductor and arranger Johnny Mann, whose singing group was a staple of recordings and TV shows in the 1950s and ‘60s, died Wednesday at his home in Anderson, S.C. He was 85. Mann had been treated for heart problems in recent years, said his daughter, Susie Mann. … 0