These are the best jazz shows in the city this week.
Matthew Broderick, Kelli O'Hara, Judy Kaye, and lots and lots of George
Trimmed and renamed, a great opera has shrunk to become a good show
This is not a review. I'll let far more erudite scholars than myself go into lengthy analyses about exactly what's been trimmed out of the new revisal being called DuBose Heyward's Porgy and Bess. (They're actually calling it The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, but I thought I'd give the co-author a li ... More >>
This year the message has been sent out along the Rialto: Don't bring back a show as is! Fix it, tweak it, and make it brand spanking new to keep it relevant. Make it better!
Multiple Tony winner Audra McDonald can hit notes only Mariah Carey can hear, so I was surprised to learn she had to be coaxed to go even higher a couple of times. In her foreword to the new edition of funnyman/musician Seth Rudetsky's anecdote-filled book Broadway Nights, Audra -- who's Broadway-b ... More >>
Brian Wilson's interview with the Voice's Stacey Anderson will appear in our June 8 issue, just in time for his sold-out residency at Highline Ballroom June 11-13. During the shows, the reclusive genius will perform last year's album of George Gershwin standards, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gers ... More >>
The New York Times and several Concerned Citizens claim "'Mediocre' Arts Skills for American Eighth-Graders," but though we are usually game for any denunciation of our lousy educational system, we must protest their stern judgment. For one thing, the educators seems shocked that "only about half o ... More >>
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Random obsessions and vexations, born of both young tyros and inexplicably still-rocking old people
Rhaposdy in Blue still packs a thrill, and it's still open to interpretation
Jazzing the classics and classing the jazzers from Jelly Roll Morton to Uri Caine
Storm of a century: Ken Jacobs's outsize anthem of discontent
Why Jazz and Pop Don't Make the Cut
Currently on View: Puppets, Politics, Pianologue, and Peonage
An Older, Wiser Margie Gillis Glows Anew