Fifty years ago Sunday the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan show. That means it's been 50 years since kids all over the country put down their band instruments and picked up the electric guitar. Pat Metheny was one of them, and because of that, in a way, the Beatles are responsible for an important chapter of jazz history. So is Metheny's older brother, who introduced him to Miles Davis, which led him down the road of his own continually evolving brand of improvisation.
Sasha Crewsberkowitz, a student at Miami Arts Charter School, knows a few things about the Holocaust -- especially since she played Anne Frank in a performance. This week she learned some more from Holocaust survivor and world-renowned violinist Samuel Marder.
He spoke to middle- and high-school students at Miami Arts about the consequences of prejudice and bullying.
01/17/14 -Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another in our monthly series of performances from our Miami studios. Our featured performer will be the award-winning Jazz and Blues vocalist and musician Allan Harris with his powerful band including Miami’s Jesse Jones, Jr. on sax and Doug Wimbish, bassist with Living Color, among other musical greats. Catch Tony Bennett’s “favorite singer,” Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm. www.AllanHarris.Com
01/12/14 - With special guest co-host, Bob Weinberg. Bob has written about jazz and blues in South Florida for 20 years. He was a longtime columnist and feature writer for City Link magazine, and currently writes for Jazziz Magazine, for which he also serves as reviews editor, and Jazz & Blues Florida, a monthly online publication.
Florida Atlantic University's Recorded Sound Archives at the Wimberly Library will be purged this January. Well, sort of.
The library's sound archive is digitized, and duplicate records or those that don't fit with the school's collection will be given away Jan. 6-10, the Sun Sentinel reports. Possible finds include Glenn Miller, Barbra Streisand, Broadway, Christmas and Jewish albums.
The Nielsen Soundscan reported vinyl to be 2 percent of all albums sold. FAU archivist Ben Roth says the medium has a "warmer sound" than digitally reproduced music.
12/23/13 - Which group was better and more influential . . . The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? They are the most renowned bands in rock and roll history, so we’ll take up the question with historian and diehard fan John McMillian. The Beatles were the sensations of sensations, and created an everlasting body of work over ten years. John Lennon was murdered in 1980. George Harrison succumbed to cancer 12 years ago.
12/20/13 - Friday at 1pm on the next South Florida Arts Beat, it's a live holiday performance with Wendy Pedersen and Dr. Ed Calle. This beloved award-winning singer/songwriter has been composing her own terrific holiday tunes for decades. Together with her all-star band of Jazz musicians including the King Of Carnival Miami 2013 and two-time Latin Grammy nominee, Dr.
WLRN-TV presents the sensational holiday special Gay Men's Chorus: Heaven and Nature Sing performed by the Fort Lauderdale-based Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida.
Under the skillful baton of Julliard-graduate, arranger and composer Gordon Roberts, the 150-voice chorus produces a rich, blended sound from Baroque and classical scores to popular standards that will be sure to put South Floridians in the holiday spirit.
Gay Men's Chorus: Heaven and Nature Sing was taped at the Sunshine Cathedral MCC in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, December 13.
In a program that had the live audience dancing in the aisles, WLRN TV will broadcast the family music special Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music, featuring 12-year-old composer, pianist and entertainer Ethan Bortnick.
Accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, 4-piece band and 120-member Kids Choir, Ethan performs with passion and heart as his fingers fly across the piano keys in “Minute Waltz,” the audience rocks out to “Rock Around the Clock,” he claps to the beat of “Lean On Me” and participates in a very enthusiastic sing-along of “Crocodile Rock.” Feel the power of music when Ethan performs emotional and inspiring renditions of “We Are the World” and “The Earth Song.”