Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

Dec 27, 2014

Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who led the way on his instrument in the transition between the swing and bebop eras, has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco’s family said the famed musician died Wednesday evening at a Panama ...

Dec 21, 2014

Madonna releases songs early

Madonna on Saturday suddenly released six new songs months ahead of schedule, furious that early versions had leaked online in what she had described as “artistic rape.” The songs will appear on her first album in three years, “Rebel Heart,” which comes out in ...

Dec 17, 2014

Green Day, Reed, Starr, Jett enter rock hall

The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The hall announced Tuesday that it will ...

Dec 11, 2014

Healing tunes: What surgeons should and shouldn't play at work

Almost three quarters of surgeons’ operating theaters have music playing when patients go under the knife, according to study in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal. Around 80 percent of theater staffers say music boosts communication between team members, reduces stress levels ...

Dec 10, 2014

Aid worker scoffs at Band Aid Ebola song

The lyrics of the Band Aid 30 single to raise money for anti-Ebola charities are embarrassing and ignorant, a British nurse who survived the disease said on Tuesday. William Pooley traveled back to Sierra Leone to treat sufferers in an isolation unit, after surviving ...

Dec 3, 2014

Jazz band honors motorists killed in tunnel collapse

A jazz band has honored the memory of nine motorists who died two years ago when part of a road tunnel collapsed, crushing vehicles. “Jazz Market,” a band from Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, played a tribute concert Tuesday in the city to mark the second ...

Nov 30, 2014

Peter Gabriel, Pussy Riot rally for Hong Kong protesters

Musicians including Peter Gabriel and Pussy Riot are offering support to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters in the form of photographic tributes. In pictures that started being projected on an outdoor screen in Hong Kong’s Admiralty District on Friday, the musicians each stand with umbrellas, ...