Elio Villafranca Conceives Musical Suite of Folkloric Latin Music Inspired by Caribbean Diaspora

By Danny R. Johnson NEW YORK, NY – On Sunday, April 17, 2016, Elio Villafranca , the Pinar del Río province of Western Cuba born pianist and composer, brought an all-star band with special guest singer, Pauline Jean, to New York City’s Jazz At Lincoln Center– Dizzy’s Jazz Club Coca-Cola for the continuation of his […]

Monarch Arredon Contemporary To Exhibit Art By Larry Renzo Lewis

LA JOLLA– Monarch Arredon Contemporary will present an exhibition, As the Universe, So the Soul: Explorations on Growing Inward by master American painter and sculptor Larry Renzo Lewis. The solo exhibition featuring over 25 works by the internationally acclaimed artist will open with a reception on Saturday May 14  from 7 to 9 p.m. at […]

Actress, Recording Artist Antonique Smith Joins Cast Of FOX Series “Shots Fired”

New York, NY–Actress and Grammy nominated recording artist Antonique Smith joins the cast of the upcoming FOX police brutality series, “Shots Fired.” Smith joins the already revealed A-list cast; Sanaa Lathan, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfus, Stephen Moyer and Tristan Wilds, just to name a few. The Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewoood penned and Brian […]

New York City Blue Note Jazz Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

New York, NY –With over 100 events in 10 venues throughout New York City, the 2016 Blue Note Jazz Festival will take place June 1-30. Highlights for the sixth edition  of the annual festival include breakout saxophonist Kamasi Washington (co-presented with City Parks Foundation at Central Park SummerStage); a rare New York City theater performance by […]

Carl Saunders, Trumpet, Joins SDSU Jazz Ensemble In Concert

SAN DIEGO–The SDSU School of Music and Dance presents the acclaimed SDSU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Bill Yeager, with special guest Carl Saunders, trumpet, on April 14 in Smith Recital Hall. Carl Saunders is known among trumpet players for his ability to make the seemingly impossible not only possible, but easy and musical. […]

David Bowie’s Life Through Images

David Bowie’s unexpected death has invited intense scrutiny over the rich and complex imagery and signifiers in the videos released for Blackstar, his last, enigmatic album. “David said to wish you all the best with this project,” replied Bowie’s assistant in October 2015, when Steve Schapiro wrote asking for a small text contribution to this […]

Starz Releases First Look At Second Season Of “Ash Vs. Evil Dead”

BEVERLY HILLS–Retirement from killing Deadites never looked as good as depicted in the first photo released from the set of the Starz original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” The show gives viewers a peek into the shenanigans Ash has been up to in Jacksonville. Production began last month in New Zealand on the 10-episode second […]

Lington’s ‘Second Nature’ CD takes you to a Stone Soul Picnic of Memphis’ Beale Street

By Danny R. Johnson LOS ANGELES – “Master your horn, that’s all you’ve got to do. And it’s hard to do, you better believe that.” Coleman Hawkins 1967. When you listen to multi-talented saxophonist, producer and composer Michael Lington’s Second Nature CD, his latest new recording to be released on April 22, 2016, you can’t […]

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet To Perform At Arts Center

ESCONDIDO–The California Center for the Arts, Escondido will present the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet April 14 in the Concert Hall. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet combines rugged athleticism with liquid grace in a lively performance that leaves audiences breathless. The ensemble’s bold vision coupled with top global choreographers, a groundbreaking repertoire and virtuoso dances has fostered […]

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Flies Past Half A Billion Dollars

BURBANK–(Business Wire)–Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” continues to win at the worldwide box office. Soaring past $500 million after only five days in theaters with a total of $501.9 million and counting, the film joins a very rare group of movies that cross half a billion dollars in their […]