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Kirk Whalum travels the world playing concerts in venues of all kinds, but he brings his talents – and his friends – home to Memphis with a music series entitled Kafé Kirk beginning October 7 at the Halloran Centre. Part of the On Stage at the Halloran Centre series, Kafé...
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PASADENA, Calif. – Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s On the Run II Tour – a Mr. and Mrs. affair primed to show off the power of two, rather than the transcendent talent of one or the other – landed at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. last Sunday night (Sept. 23). On...
Kirk Whalum travels the world playing concerts in venues of all kinds, but he brings his talents – and his friends – home to Memphis with a music series entitled Kafé Kirk beginning October 7 at the Halloran Centre. Part of the On Stage at the Halloran Centre series, Kafé...
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Rolling with the momentum of its 2017 debut, the Mempho Music Festival is back and bigger for its second year. Mempho is a blend of today’s best artists and tunes with Memphis’ storied musical heritage, creating a festival experience filled with music, food and nature that appeals to people of...
by Tracy Sow, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The excitement and buzz surrounding the Oscar and Grammy ceremonies have nothing on the annual Memphis Music Hall of Fame presentations. The 2018 ceremony is no exception. Although 2012 was the event’s inaugural year, it has quickly become a highly anticipated, Memphis...
For all of his fame and accolades, two things are pretty much universally accepted when it comes to homegrown jazz star Kirk Whalum: He never left his faith behind. He never forgot he's from Memphis. Hailed as a musical ambassador who continuously gives back to his hometown, Memphis returned the...
Photo: Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez (Getty Images) After accepting an Emmy Sunday night for his role as a producer on the live musical Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which won the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) award, John Legend became the first black man to collect an EGOT. The EGOT—the...
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by Karanja A. Ajanaku kajanaku@tsdmemphis.com Ask Tremayne Thompson of TK Productions about saxophonist Mike Phillips, and he starts by describing “such a cross-cultured guy.” “From hip hop to R&B to jazz, playing with Prince, Stevie Wonder as one of their main musicians and MD (musical director), he is an explosive guy (and...
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Assuming you haven't stuffed yourself silly with barbecue and you're looking for a way to relax and chill this Labor Day, you might need to get to Fresh Ideas Entertainment's Bluff City Jazz Festival at the Cannon Center. The Festival will be headlined by iconic smooth jazz saxophonist Najee, with performances...
The Memphis Black Arts Alliance had already selected Jamille “Jam” Hunter and Dr. Herman Green as the featured “Memphis Music Legends” for JAZZ-A-F!RE when word came that Aretha Franklin had passed. So when they took the stage last Sunday at Brinsons, Hunter and Green teamed up for a salute to...