East African vocalist stuns River to River Fest

With a relaxing vibe in the air, people bobbed, tapped and swayed to Somi’s powerful performance at the River to River Festival last Thursday in downtown Manhattan’s Battery Park.

Jazz innovator Ornette Coleman dies at 85

Ornette Coleman, the multi-instrumentalist, composer and innovator whose harmonic concepts pointed jazz in a new direction, died June 11 in Manhattan.

Apollo hosts Women of the World Fest

Who ran Harlem? At least for this past weekend, women did.

Biggie Smalls’ record label contracts to be sold in auction

The online auction house Paddle8 will be auctioning the original contracts documenting the transition of late rap star Biggie Smalls, aka Christopher Wallace, and Sean Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, from working with Uptown Records to signing on to ...

Kleinsinger’s Jazz, J.D. Allen, Newark Jazz Garden, Blue Note Fest

While institutions like the Village Gate, Mikel’s and the JVC Jazz Festival have become a subject of the past tense, the tradition has continued with Jack Kleinsinger’s “Highlights in Jazz,” New York’s longest running jazz concert series.

Is Fabolous the new ‘King of New York’?

For a designation that has no tangible perks to speak of, it’s undoubtedly the most coveted moniker in hip-hop—the “King of New York.”

'Festival of Praise' tour coming to Brooklyn in October

The “Festival of Praise” concert tour is making a stop in Brooklyn on October 30 at the Kings Theatre.

Prince to donate proceeds from 'Rally 4 Peace' concert to NAACP

Grammy-award winning artist Prince is donating proceeds from his "Rally 4 Peace" concert to the NAACP's ACT-SO program in Baltimore.

Chaka Khan blows away audience at 'Celebrate Brooklyn!'

Thousands of people waited hours for Chaka Khan as she kicked off 'Celebrate Brooklyn!' Performing Arts Festival on June 3.

Minaj to appear in ‘Barbershop 3’

Two months after “Empire” wrapped its rookie season, writers of the Fox drama on May 29 announced via Twitter the show’s return date of Sept. 23.

Neal’s 12th Peggy Epps 100, Harlem Jazz Museum

Rome Neal, with his many persevering projects in the field of jazz, has earned him the title of the “hardest working man in jazz” as a singer, actor, producer and promoter.

Mariah in concert conquers the Vegas Strip

Grammy Award-winning artist and power vocalist Mariah Carey soared through several octaves in her “1 to Infinity” concert at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Sunday night.

It’s Mint Condition and Tony! Toni! Tone! at Lehman Center

I had the pleasure to speak with the leads in two R&B groups, bass guitarist Rick Kinchen of the talented Minneapolis R&B band Mint Condition, and D’Wayne Wiggins, one of the original members of Tony! Toni! Tone.

B.B. King—the best of the best, and a king indeed

Whether it’s history (“When I first got the blues, They brought me over on a ship.

The legacy of B. B. King

B.B. King, the anointed “King of the Blues,” who took the blues from the Mississippi cotton fields to mainstream America and the world stage, died May 14. He was 89.