Taylor Swift: ‘Sexy? Not on my radar’

THE GUARDIAN: She’s gone from ringletted country artist to feminist role model and the world’s most charming pop star. As she returns with her catchiest material yet, she talks awards-ceremony etiquette, autobiographical lyrics and why she puts nice before naughty. In Manhattan’s chi-chi Sant Ambroeus restaurant, the pair of smartly dressed women at the next […]

Read More

VLADIMIR HOROWITZ: An affectionate piece about the renowned pianist

Born in Russia, Horowitz emigrated in 1925 and in 1939 made his home in New York. His technical and flair won him a huge following and his concerts sold out within hours. He performed and recorded with Arturo Toscanini (who became his father-in-law). During his career he recorded for RCA, CBS and, late in life, […]

Read More

BLUES MUSIC: Richard Johnston Interview (2003) Beale Street’s One Man Blues Band

Reverend Keith A. Gordon writes:  Richard Johnston doesn’t need much room on a stage to perform. Tucked in behind a foot-operated drum kit, he’ll pick up a guitar, lean over towards the microphone and begin wailing the dirtiest, lowdown country blues you’ve ever heard. In a space barely the size of a postage stamp compared […]

Read More

NINA SIMONE: What Happened, Miss Simone? Episode #1 of 5

Inspired by the Oscar-nominated TV documentary, Alan Light’s biography draws on Nina Simone’s early diaries, rare interviews, childhood journals and input from her daughter Lisa Simone Kelly to paint a picture of the classically-trained pianist who became a soul legend, a leading civil rights activist and one of the most influential artists of our time. […]

Read More

Lang Lang interview

There was a bit of a fracas during Lang Lang’s Proms appearance. As he bounced back on stage for an encore, a heckler in the arena hooted derisively. An embarrassed murmur ran through the audience. There was some nervous laughter. But the pianist took it in his stride and began a Chopin Etude, seemingly unruffled. […]

Read More

ROB BUCKLAND: Howard Popeck interviews this Musician | Composer | Arranger | Educator

ROB BUCKLAND is internationally acclaimed as one of the most distinctive and versatile Saxophonists of his generation. Appearing as concerto and recital soloist, with his Equivox Trio (with pianist Peter Lawson and percussionist Simone Rebello), and with the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Rob performs throughout the UK, Europe and Japan. Recent highlights include the British Premiere […]

Read More