The month of November 2009 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Johnny Mercer. Songwriter, vocalist, but above all lyricist, he walks shoulder to shoulder with the greatest talents of the 20th century. But our C. Davis Remignanti points out three areas where Mercer was (arguably) unequaled.
Having survived near-extinction, the music that defines the heart of Portugal has a new reigning diva who, like the music itself, blends an African heritage with the spirit, light and spontaneity of modern Lisbon.
Branford Marsalis is one of today's most talented, committed and successful saxophonist, writes jazz critic Mike Zwerin in an interview with Branford Marsalis about his new music label Marsalis Music and greed in the music business.