Friday, September 21, 2018

Jazz: Glasper "goes Blue" for October

Blue Note Jazz Club New York is proud to announce an unprecedented month-long residency this Fall with Robert Glasper. Running October 2-28, 2018, the 24 night, 48 show residency will bring some of the most talented names in contemporary music to the Blue Note stage, with groups featuring: Bilal, Terrace Martin, Christian McBride, Christian Scott aTunde Adujah, Nicholas Payton, Chris Dave, Taylor McFerrin, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Michael Moreno, Burniss Travis, Walter Smith, Rodney Green, and Justin Tyson, with more names to be announced. Special performances include R+R=NOW, a tribute to Miles Davis "Everything's Beautiful," a tribute to Mulgrew Miller and more. Returning to the Blue Note, the residency honors his massive career and highlights not only the different eras in his musical career, but also the different parts of his community and the impact his collaborators have had on his development and style.    

Watches: Biver Steps Down

In news just announced overnight, Jean-Claude Biver, president of the LVMH watch division (TAG Heuer, Hublot, Zenith) for the past eight years, has stepped down from his operational duties. The 69-year-old Biver, who has been responsible for re-invigorating the LVMH watch stable, will likely stay on in an advisory capacity as a non-executive president.

The news comes after years of on-and-off health issues for the outspoken watch executive who will likely take more time to tend to his health and recovery. No formal announcement has been made by the luxury powerhouse as to who will take over the role.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Music: "End of the Road" for rockers KISS after 45 years

Glam metal rockers KISS announced their farewell tour Wednesday — bringing the curtain down on their five-decade-long career.
KISS — formed 45 years ago — made the announcement during an appearance on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and on their own social media accounts.
Dates and stops on the “End of the Road World Tour” were not immediately disclosed.
Founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanleyare still with the iconic band, best known for its 1975 hit “Rock and Roll All Nite.”
“It has been an amazing journey with you all. We couldn’t leave without saying goodbye,” the 60-year-old Simmons wrote on his Instagram. “This show will have the most explosions, the most hits and be the loudest yet!”
The group played another one of their big hits, “Detroit Rock City,” on Wednesday’s finale of “AGT.”

Arts: trailblazing Dancer Arthur Mitchell Dies, 84

Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African Americans in the 1950s as a dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died. He was 84.
Mitchell died on Wednesday at a New York City hospital according to his niece, Juli Mills-Ross. She said he had renal failure that led to heart failure.
Born in Harlem, Mitchell started dancing with the NYCB in 1955 under the famed choreographer George Balanchine. Balanchine put him in several leading roles, including one pairing him with a white female dancer in Agon in 1957.
In a January interview with the New York Times, Mitchell recalled the daring of that choice.
“Can you imagine the audacity to take an African American and Diana Adams, the essence and purity of Caucasian dance, and to put them together on the stage?” he said.
Among those recognising his impact following his death was Misty Copeland, the first African American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.
In a post on Instagram, she wrote: “You gave me so much, through our conversations, your dancing and by simply existing as a brown body in ballet. But you were so much more than a brown body. You’re an icon and hero.”
The choreographer and television producer Debbie Allen tweeted: “The world has lost another visionary.” “Arthur Mitchell claimed ballet as an American art form,” she said. “His legacy lives through all of us.”
Mitchell was born in 1934, and grew up with four siblings. He started formal dance training in high school, and on graduating took the offer of a ballet scholarship with the School of American Ballet, founded by Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein.
He also choreographed his own works, performed on Broadway and worked with dance companies in other countries. The Dance Theatre of Harlem performed internationally and has been artistically acclaimed even through some periods of financial upheaval. He stepped down as director almost a decade ago.

Jazz: "Fascinating Rhythm" Gives Tony Bennett 4th Guinness World Record

Vocalist Tony Bennett received a Guinness World Records title in connection with the release of his
new album, 
Love Is Here To Stay. The 92-year-old has achieved the longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single by the same artist, after his inclusion of "Fascinating Rhythm" on the album - 68 years and 342 days after the first version was released in 1949 under his then stage name Joe Bari.

The title was presented to Bennett on September 12 by official Guinness World Records adjudicator Alex Angert during Verve Records' Love Is Here To Stay album launch party at the Rainbow Room in New York City, New York. The evening included an array of songs from his collaborative album with Krall, which celebrates the music of George and Ira Gershwin.

This achievement marks Bennett's fourth Guinness World Records title. He currently also holds records for being the "Oldest person to reach No. 1 on the US album chart with a newly recorded album" for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek and "Longest time between UK top 20 albums (39 years)." Previously, he was also the "Oldest person to enter the UK top 20 album chart" with Duets: An American Classic when he was 80 years old.

Love Is Here To Stay marks the first time that Bennett and Krall have recorded a full album together. The album was recorded with the Bill Charlap Trio - with Bill Charlap on piano, Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums, and produced by Grammy Award winner Fae Bennett and Charlap, with Danny Bennett as executive producer.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Auto: Audi goes "Full-e"

Audi has introduced electric all-wheel drive on the vehicle. This new system
Audi A7
allows for optimal traction in all conditions and can redistribute torque between the axles without a fraction of a second. What’s more, the e-tron SUV also makes use of advanced torque vectoring as well as an innovative traction control system that regulates wheel slip by the millisecond.
Seven different driving modes are on offer, ranging from comfortable through to efficient and distinctively sporty. Depending on road speed and how the vehicle is being driven, the suspension system can adjust the vehicle’s ride height by up to 76 mm (3-inches). On long journeys, the ride height will drop to improve air flow, for example.
In an industry first, the e-tron’s 95 kWh battery pack supports DC fast charging of up to 150 kW at selection high-speed public charging stations. This allows the battery to be topped up to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes. Owners in the United States will benefit from the VW Group’s Electrify America network of charging stations which will include nearly 500 locations across the country by July 2019.

Poetry: FISH EYE

Languidly awake
on a bench in a
glass-shielded clothing like
buxom bait swim by
some alone
some hauling their
their hooks all too
the partly shielded sun
still casts deft strokes
of late afternoon
colour on
schoolkids and
security guards
the fashion plates and
the "fusty-dusties"
the luscious and the
from other waters
converge for both
shelter and
adventure while
Marilyn and Twiggy cast
their shutter-stop gazes
on the Crocs-clad crowd
relics from
a bygone era they
may as well be fictional
on the TV news
 shiny like an
the Big Orange
on manifold hooks
of his craven
wriggles his