- Leonard Nimoy, dies at 83
Leonard Nimoy, the actor who had a worldwide following, after portraying Mr. Spock, in the movie and television series “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.
According to the NY Times, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death. Last year, Mr. Nimoy announced that he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease disease, which he said may have been caused by years of smoking.
Evem though he was famous for being a logical character, Mr. Nimoy was very creative, and pursued poetry, photography and music in addition to acting, Mr. Nimoy recorded several albums, which featured a variety of cover songs, including “I Walk the Line,” “Proud Mary,” “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.”
See a full list of his artistic accomplishments on the NYTimes.com Art Blog.
- Kenny G and Warren G #MashUpMonday
Kenny G teamed up with rapper Warren G for a segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live called #MashUpMonday. The fun segment pairs 2 unlikely collaborators to perform. Watch their performance now on YouTube.
- Tony Bennett the Painter
After a busy winter performing and winning Grammy's with Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett is spending time unwinding in Hawaii. The 89-year-old is spending his vacation painting. He recently shared some of his newest work on his Facebook page. See all of his art at his Benedetto Art Gallery website here.
Bennett recently spoke to the LA Times, and announced plans for his second album with Lady Gaga. Bennett described Gaga: "She's a very good singer. She's not a flash in the pan. That's why I had to do these great standards. And it's really paying off because the album's so big. Now we're about to record an album of all Cole Porter songs. That'll be the second album."
- Stevie Wonder Tribute
Did you miss "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute" on CBS? It featured performances by Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox, Ariana Grande, Babyface, Ne-Yo, Gary Clark Jr., The Band Perry, Tony Bennett and many more. Watch the full Beyonce tribute here: http://beyonce.lk/steviewonder
Learn about Steie's history with the Grammy's and see his past Grammy performances here.
Get Stevie's "Definitive Collection" featuring all of his biggest hits:
Amazon - http://smarturl.it/StevieWonderDC-a
iTunes - http://smarturl.it/StevieWonderDC-i
Google Play - http://smarturl.it/StevieWonderDC-gp
- Dave Koz Let's It Go
Dave Koz took some time out of touring with Barry Manilow, to perform a special cover of "Let It Go" for his nieces on Valentine's Day on WGN - TV. See the video here.
Feb. 24 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center Feb. 26 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center Feb. 27 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center Mar. 1 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena Mar. 26 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center Mar. 27 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum Mar. 28 Mashantucket, CT The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Apr. 10 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena Apr. 17 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Arena Apr. 20 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center May 26 Vancouver, B.C. Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena May 27 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center May 28 Portland, OR Moda Center June 4 Atlanta, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center June 5 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center June 6 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena June 13 Philadelphia, PA The Wells Fargo Center June 14 Newark, NJ Prudential Center June 16 Boston, MA TD Garden June 17 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
- Boz Scaggs announces new album
Boz Scaggs has released the cover of his new album titled A Fool To Care. The new album is due out March 31, and can be preordered now through Amazon.com. “I’m at a point where I’m having a lot of fun with music, more than ever,” Boz Scaggs says of his new album, A Fool to Care. “It’s like I’m just going wherever I want to go with it.” The album will also feature tracks by Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams.
- Funkee Boy Celebrates being Cancer Free!
Bobbi "Funkee Boy" Tammaro was blindsided with cancer in April 2014. Funkee Boy explains, "It was a grueling battle with a very aggressive chemotherapy schedule. Thru it all my faith, loved ones & fans really helped me to Rise above it. I used every tool from prayers to exercise to holistic medicine, to music, reiki, & acupuncture. I'm now happy to announce & celebrate that I'm Cancer FREE!!"
As a way to thank his fans and friends for their support, and to help others in need, Funkee Boy will be donating a percentage of his new album, "Soul Purpose" Sales, Royalties, and CD giveaways to The American Cancer Society/Harold Lever Cancer Center.
- Grammy Winners
Here is a partial list of the 2105 Grammy Winners. For a complete list, please visit Grammy.com.
Album of the Year
Beck, Morning Phase (WINNER)
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
Pharrell Williams, Girl
Song of the Year
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" (WINNER)
Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Hozier, "Take Me to Church"
Record of the Year
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version" (WINNER)
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, "Fancy"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"
BEST NEW ARTIST
Sam Smith (WINNER)
Best Music Video
Pharrell Williams, "Happy" (WINNER)
Arcade Fire, "We Exist"
DJ Snake and Lil Jon, "Turn Down for What"
Woodkid feat. Max Richter, "The Golden Age"
Best Pop Vocal Album
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour (WINNER)
Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
Ariana Grande, My Everything
Katy Perry, Prism
Ed Sheeran, X
Best Traditional Pop Album
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek (WINNER)
Annie Lennox, Nostalgia
Barry Manilow, Night Songs
Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas
Barbra Streisand, Partners
BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Bass & Mandolin, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer (WINNER)
Wild Heart, Mindi Abair
Slam Dunk, Gerald Albright
Nathan East, Nathan East
Jazz Funk Soul, Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Everette Harp
- Dionne Warwick recovering
- Gerald Albright Tour Dates
See Gerald Albright perform songs from his Grammy nominated album "Slam Dunk" in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category at one of his upcoming shows:
FRI 2/6/15 Denver, CO
The Soiled Dove Underground website / tickets
SAT 2/14/15 Kansas City, MO
Gem Theater website / tickets
FRI 4/10/15 Pittsburgh, PA
Manchester’s Craftsmen’s Guild website / tickets
SAT 4/11/15 Buffalo, NY
Buffalo State College website / tickets
SUN 4/12/15 Wyomissing, PA
Berks Jazz Festival website / tickets
SAT 4/18/15 Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas City Of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival at Government Amphitheater
website / tickets
SAT 6/13/15 Atlanta, GA
Wolf Creek Amphitheatre website / tickets
A complete list of his upcoming shows is available at Gerald's website.