Not Just Any Drummer

Not Just Any Drummer

One of the greatest drummers of all time died this weekend at age 90. His name was Hal Blaine, and even if that doesn’t ring a bell, you certainly know some of the 35,000 songs he played on — including 50 number one hits and over 150 top ten hits, some of...
Pop Goes The King

Pop Goes The King

I have set the DVR for — but haven’t yet seen — “Leaving Neverland,” the four-hour documentary HBO will air tonight and tomorrow about two men who say Michael Jackson abused them when they were boys. Jackson’s estate sued to try to prevent the film from being shown,...
Picture Of The Day: Hazel Scott

Picture Of The Day: Hazel Scott

After I mentioned enjoying Alicia Keys’ two-pianos routine at the Grammys, Donn Johnson tipped me off that it was a tribute to Hazel Scott. I’m embarrassed to admit I’d never heard of Scott, but her Wikipedia listing is most impressive — for...
No, You Sing, Diana!

No, You Sing, Diana!

Seeing Diana Ross implore the audience to sing “Reach Out and Touch” at the Grammys reminded me of a joke from comedian Carol Leifer, who saw her in concert years ago, and wanted to shout, “No! I paid over $100 for my ticket. I wanna hear YOU sing,...
Movie Review: “Joni 75”

Movie Review: “Joni 75”

Last fall, I was intrigued when I heard about an all-star concert to celebrate Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday. Like many in my generation, I grew up on Joni’s music, but since I couldn’t be there, I hoped the show would be recorded on film....
Springsteen On Broadway

Springsteen On Broadway

Earlier this year, I lamented that I wouldn’t get to see Bruce Springsteen’s one-man Broadway show because I don’t get back to New York as often as I used to, and the seats were prohibitively expensive. My brother and sister-in-law, who live on the...