After five years of vital funding, it looked like the end for the Doris Duke Artist Awards, one of the most prestigious — and sizable — grants in the United States available to artists working in jazz, contemporary dance and theater. A satellite initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, it reached that firm, five-year expiration date set in its inaugural year on June 30, 2017.
The improbable new release by John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, arrives with the excitement of a rare celestial event. A small trove of previously unissued studio material recorded by the saxophonist and his quartet on a single day in 1963, it has already caused a commotion prior to its release this Friday. “Like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid,” is how Sonny Rollins described the discovery, in a quote from the liner notes that has widely circulated, as a fond gesture from one colossus to another.
Eight-year-old Yoyoka Soma’s favorite drummer is John Bonham, so for her entry into the 2018 Hit Like A Girl drum contest, she covered Bonham’s part on Led Zeppelin’s”Good Times Bad Times.”
The video, which features Soma playing along to the 1969 hit, earned her a spot in the international competition’s final round.
For a lot of people, when they hear “fetch” and “Is butter a carb?” one thing comes to mind: Mean Girls. The 2004 movie was so influential that screenwriter Tina Fey and producer Lorne Michaels figured, why not a musical? Fourteen years later, it’s opening on Broadway.
“I think the most sensible route would have been for me to go to a conservatory somewhere,” Li admits. “But I really believed that I wanted a well-rounded education.”
Over 1,000 damaged instruments are languishing in what are known as “instrument graveyards” in Philadelphia’s public school system, which lacks the funds to fix them. This weekend, 400 of these instruments will be played in performance by musicians ranging from members of the Philadelphia Orchestra to public school children. The goal is to get those broken instruments repaired and back to kids.
The story follows 12-year-old Miguel Rivera, who yearns to be a great musician. But he has to hide his ambition — and his guitar — from his family of shoemakers who don’t approve.