A HUGE CONGRATS to Rosanne Cash who will be presented with Smithsonian Magazine‘s prestigious 2014 American Ingenuity Award on October 16th in Washington D.C. by T Bone Burnett. The Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards annually honors 10 of the most inspired pioneers in America at the forefront of science, technology, art, and education. NPR host Michel Martin will host this year’s awards & additional presenters will include House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, venture capitalist and AOL founder Steve Case, scientist Stephen Hawking, and novelist George Pelecanos, who was a producer on HBO’s The Wire and Treme.
The first-time biography of Songwriter’s Hall of Fame member, Cy Coleman is available for pre-order.
Exquisitely researched and brought to life by theater journalist and author Andy Propst, You Fascinate Me So, The Life and Times of Cy Coleman (Applause Books), takes readers into the world and work of Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning composer/performer Cy Coleman. With the full cooperation of Coleman’s estate, the book explores his days as a child prodigy in the 1930s, his time as a hot jazz pianist and early television celebrity in the 1950s, and his life as one of Broadway’s preeminent composers.
Interviews with colleagues and friends, including Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Ken Howard, Michele Lee, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth, Hal Prince, Chita Rivera, and Tommy Tune, provide insight into Coleman’s personality and career. This highly detailed account of one of the last major contributors to the Great American Songbook, gives readers access to Coleman’s creative process. Propst’s definitive work is a well-rounded look into a highly prolific career and of a life well-lived.
Click HERE to pre-order.
Bobby Hebb‘s “Sunny” kicks off tonight’s season premiere episode of Scandal on ABC.
4 Stars: Their tandem versions of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Cy Coleman emphasize the swing in the songs. Gaga has a blast bending the notes in the Gershwins’ “They All Laughed” or running the scales with madcap abandon in Coleman’s “Firefly”. – NY Daily News
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga‘s new jazz album, Cheek to Cheek is IN STORES TODAY from Columbia/Interscope Records. The album also features great standards by the likes of George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Billy Strayhorn. You can get an expanded deluxe version HERE. The album was recorded in New York City and features world-class performances by musicians Mike Renzi, Gray Sargent, Harold Jones, Marshall Wood, Tom Lanier, Brian Newman, Joe Lavano and Paul Horn.
“Lady Gaga and Bennett have created a jazz album that will reach far wider than most and, more important, has something valuable to say” - Chicago Tribune