Category: Entertainment Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Sphinx is excited to announce that legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be joining us in a new role as Special Artistic Advisor. In this role, he will offer mentorship to Sphinx's top young artists, in addition to advising the organization and its Board on the strategic direction of the organization's programming endeavors.
About this new role, Yo-Yo Ma shared: "I am so excited to have this affiliation with The Sphinx Organization, because I believe so much of the values of Sphinx and the values the Silk Road Project and I try to practice are aligned. One of our principal jobs in life is to find and nurture talent, and talent crosses all borders. It is an honor to be associated with this visionary organization."
Previously, Mr. Ma has served as Honorary Chair to Sphinx's annual Carnegie Hall Series, in addition to offering coachings to top Laureates of the Sphinx Competition.
"We are deeply moved by Yo-Yo's commitment to Sphinx's mission and are grateful for the tremendous generosity of his spirit. This represents an immense opportunity for generations of tomorrow's artists, in addition to the work of the Sphinx Organization itself," shared Aaron Dworkin, Founder and President of the Sphinx Organization.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 09:27
Category: Entertainment Written by Genea Webb - Courier Features Writer
After a five-year recording hiatus, jazz guitarist Earl Klugh takes his listeners on a journey through some of his favorite classic songs with "Handpicked."
"The whole thing about 'Handpicked' is that I wanted to write original songs and record ones that meant things to me over my career that I didn't get the chance to record," explained Klugh who resides in Atlanta.
"I chose 'Alfie' because Bert Bacharach is a hero of mine and it kicks off the record. My mother loved his music and I thought it'd be a great opener. 'Alfie" is a standard."
Other gems on the album include "Lullaby of Birdland", "Hotel California featuring Jake Shimabukuro, "'Round Midnight," "All I Have To Do is Dream," featuring Vince Gill and "Love is A Many Splendored Thing."
"Handpicked" is set for release by the Concord Music Group on July 30.
"This whole album was something that takes me back to sitting in the living room or on the back porch playing my guitar. It was really a lot of fun and I was able to do duets with old friends and make some new friends. It keeps me excited about touring and making music," Klugh said.
Klugh got captivated with music's magic as a child after Chet Atkins appeared on the "Perry Como Show."
"I wanted a guitar from the beginning," recalled the Detroit native.
"My parents asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I said I wanted a guitar they got me a Mickey Mouse plastic guitar with no strings and I wanted a real one. Soon after I got one.
I really wanted to be a guitar player and a songwriter. When I was in school I would take my guitar to school and play with my brother. But what I always remember and what I'm thankful about is that I had a mother who got it.
The first time I went on the road I was 17 years old. My mom was afraid for me but she let me go and I am so blessed to be where I am today."
Klugh made his first recording on Yusef Lateef's "Suite 16." He caught the attention of George Benson and played on the fellow guitarist's "White Rabbit" album before joining Benson's touring band in 1973.
Benson was born and raised in Pittsburgh's Hill District and is a Schenley High School graduate.
Klugh has fond memories of performing in Pittsburgh.
"I was in Pittsburgh two years ago at the Manchester Craftsman's Guild. We enjoy playing there and we hope to come back next year." he said.
Since his years of working with Benson, Klugh has since recorded more than 34 albums in less than 25 years, 23 of those records have made the Top 10 charts with five of them taking the premier spot on Billboard's Jazz Album chart. 2008's "The Spice of Life" gave Klugh his 12th Grammy nomination.
Despite all the accolades, Klugh takes his success all in stride.
"When I get together with George Benson and play with him, I know that I am not that great at this guitar thing yet. When I talk to students I try to make an effort to get kids interested in music or any instrument. I try to explain that besides the finished project, you've got to be serious about the music and if this is going to be your calling in life, you need to treat it like that," Klugh said.
"You have to go to school and practice. That's what it takes to achieve success on a world-class level in today's world. I continually try to wave the banner.
"I started out playing the piano and I largely learned how to play by ear, but the piano gave me the wide range of notes," Klugh continued.
"I always encourage kids to take piano lessons because it's one of the only instruments that gives you a basis for everything."
When he isn't creating mood-altering music, Klugh enjoys watching action movies, traveling and listening to younger guitar players.
For about 10 years, Klugh has been putting together A Special Weekend of Jazz featuring his contemporaries and other great musicians for a weekend of music and camaraderie in Colorado Springs. Past participants have included Roberta Flack, Ramsey Lewis, Patti Austin and Chris Botti. He has expanded the concept to Kiawah Island Resort in South Carolina.
"I really enjoy getting together with people I know and I wanted to put together three-days of concerts where we have a great time," Klugh said.
"We have people coming from all over to hear the music."
Right now he is focused on touring across the country to promote "Handpicked."
Although he will not be stopping in Pittsburgh, Klugh will be performing at New York City's Blue Note to kick off the July 30 release of "Handpicked."
He will then head to various parts of Africa--Botswana, Mozambique and Malawi--to continue promotions.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 11:09
Category: Entertainment Written by Myeisha Essex, Hello Beautiful
Beyonce shows off her curves in the latest issue FLAUNT magazine, rocking nothing but confidence and glitter. Photographed by Tony Duran, the stunning images capture the international superstar's voluptuous body decorated in dramatic makeup and body paint.Beyonce Flaunt Magazine
According to reports, Queen Bey shot the African-themed cover shot in 2011. However, the striking images were recently cleared for release. The interview shares a fun side of the 31-year-old. She speaks about her thoughts on being a gay icon, the criticism surrounding her Pepsi deal and her love for photography.
Flaunt: A picnic planner is hoping to get lucky with his/her picnic companion. What's in the picnic basket?
Beyoncé: A cozy blanket, red wine, fruit, '90s R&B playing on my iPod. I don't think you need much else.
Gay men are drawn to you and empowered by you, as they have been to "gay icons" Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Madonna. What is it about you, and those women, that gay men love?
I'm flattered if I'm in the company of those great women. I think they love that we are bold, unafraid to love, and flaunt our sexuality and strength.
What's up with gluten anyway?
I'm okay with gluten. Sunday pizza is a must for me!
Tyra Sanchez based his drag persona for "RuPaul's Drag Race" on you. What does it mean that someone who impersonates your "girl-power" persona is a man with a successful career as a female impersonator? Is there conflict there?
No conflict. I love it and Miss Tyra is fabulous!
What famous piece of architecture might you most like to do some necking in?
The Louvre, or under the Arc de Triomphe. Paris is a beautiful, sexy city.
Millennials make up a huge part of your fan base. Thousands of them have responded to your Instagram hashtag #beygood to promote goodwill. How do you feel about the media's take on youth as the "me me me" generation, or a generation of "slack-tivists" [people who are activists online but not in the real world]?
At my concerts I see the opposite. They are engaged in making a difference. We have collected tons of donations that will go towards creating jobs and helping people get jobs. That's something I want to celebrate. For Chime for Change we raised awareness and over $4 million in one day for equal rights for girls everywhere. So many people at that concert were young. They are more socially responsible than they get credit for.
Some were critical at your participating in a Pepsi campaign after you moved your body for childhood obesity. Where is the balance between your career objectives and your philanthropy?
Pepsi is a brand I've grown up seeing my heroes collaborate with. The company respects musicians and artistry. I wouldn't encourage any person, especially a child, to live life without balance.
When you work out, take care of your body, rehearse as hard as I rehearsed in the commercial, I think it's great to have a Pepsi or Diet Pepsi when you want one. It's all about choices.
What is your favorite kind of stain?
One piece of clothing you own that you absolutely couldn't live without?
A white T-shirt.
You have always carefully sculpted your image and controlled public access to your off-stage life. Is there anything to envy about stars who don't care about safeguarding their private lives?
I have chosen to keep certain aspects of my life private. But I also love sharing what makes me happy, especially through photography.
Is there a sex scandal in history that you find not so scandalous, and instead just kinda awesome?
Antony and Cleopatra. The legend of that love affair affected history and lives to this day.
A number of magazines list the top X number of ways to please your lover. Anything missing on these lists typically?
If you have to read those lists, you're already in trouble.
What's boring to you?
Lack of creativity.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:39
Category: Entertainment Written by Anna Askanas/ Hello Beautiful
Happy 76th birthday, Bill Cosby!
Everything we need to know about life, we learned about it in the iconic sitcom, "The Cosby Show." Cliff taught us how to make a delicious sandwich. Claire taught us how to be a graceful mom and career woman. Theo taught us how not to hide a piercing from your dad. And the lesson go on and on! We thank you Bill Cosby for everything you have taught us and we love you for your comedic patriarchal episodes that re-defined sitcoms then and now!
Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 15:38
Category: Entertainment Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
The purpose of the award show is to recognize Detroit's rich African American music heritage. The legacy of Detroit's R&B, Blues, Hip Hop, and jazz music scene is so engrained into the Motor city
that most people take for granted the magnitude of the wealth of talent on Detroit.
We are asking for a generous donation to support the music awards efforts to give Detroit entertainers their honors while they are alive. Contributions can be as minimal as a business card advertisement to a VIP sponsored table. A generous donation will help to validate your support for great artists of the past, present, and upcoming. Detroit artists such as Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson, Freda Payne, Della Reese, Dinah Washington, Anita Baker, and Laura Lee are just a few that have been the staple of the time steady music of our past. Then you have the Motown stars such as the Supremes, the Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Marvelettes, Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye that are the ambassadors' of our beloved city all over the world. The 5th annual Detroit Black Music Awards will be honoring Detroit's finest entertainers at:
Bert's Warehouse Theater 2739 Russell St., Detroit, Michigan, Sunday August 4, 2013.
Doors open for the VIP Reception at 5:30pm, doors will open to the general public at 6:30pm,
and show time is at 7:00pm. Tickets are $40 per person for VIP, $25 at the door.
For more information on sponsorship options continue to read the following page to make
your contribution. You can also call customer service at: (702) 575-3741.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 10:28
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