Taped at Jazz at Lincoln Center‘s Frederick P. Rose Hall in July of last year, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s Cheek to Cheek: Live! is now available on DVD/Blu-ray. The concert features selections from the Great American Songbook including Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh’s “Firefly”. The album of the same name debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart and also hit #1 on the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album charts, is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and has just been certified Gold by the RIAA. Click HERE to order.
Cy Coleman penned songs such as “Witchcraft” and “The Best is Yet to Come” (signature tunes for Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, respectively) and wrote such musicals as Sweet Charity, I Love My Wife, On the Twentieth Century, Barnum, and The Will Rogers Follies – yet his life has gone entirely unexplored until now. Author Andy Propst takes readers into the world of Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning composer/performer Cy Coleman, exploring 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.
You Fascinate Me So, The Life And Times of Cy Coleman coming April 14, 2015 from Applause Books/Hal Leonard. Pre-order HERE.
Notable’s very own ‘ugly pop’ purveyors Skating Polly honored by invitation to open West Coast reunion tour of eclectic punk icons, The Flesh Eaters!
Formed in 1977 by founding punk poet Chris Desjardins (Chris D.), The Flesh Eaters with varying line-ups put out 12 albums between 1977 and 2004. The most critically acclaimed of the bunch was the one-time “supergroup” who played on the second LP, A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die. Released in 1981, the line-up comprised some of the best musicians of the genre and the era including Chris D. on vocals, John Doe (of X) on bass, Dave Alvin (of The Blasters) on guitar, Bill Bateman (of the Blasters) on drums, DJ Bonebrake (of X) on marimbas and Steve Berlin (of Top Jimmy and the Rhythm Pigs and Los Lobos) on sax. Receiving rave reviews from publications as diverse as The New York Times, New York Rocker, Downbeat, their unique style featured a cornucopia of influences from garage band punk to blues to jazz.
The Flesh Eaters reunited in 2006 at the request of Mudhoney to play All Tomorrow’s Parties fest in southern England and three shows in California. Nine years later the line-up has gotten back together, Skating Polly will open. Not to be missed:
Check out the new Mark Wahlberg film, The Gambler, in theaters now. The film’s soundtrack features Ayo’s cover of the Bobby Hebb classic “Sunny” along with great performances by St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Easy Star All Stars, M83, Pulp, Billy Bragg, Ray LaMontagne, plus an original score by our old friend, Jon Brion. The film is a remake of the 1974 classic which starred James Caan. Jessica Lange, John Goodman, and Brie Larson co-star.