Considering how dark 2020 is, it is a good time for a lighthearted remembrance of things past, before the pandemic.
Inspired by their leader, bassist Christian McBride, the musicians in this big band always sound like they are having the times of their lives.
“Best band in the world”? Butcher Brown spends the next 40 minutes or so living up to its boast, as song after song heads off into a different direction without a stumble or misfire.
“I’m trying to get people to be at ease with the incredible amount of variety in the United States.”
With the Covid-19 pandemic decimating entertainment venues around the country, artists like Smither are doing everything they can to help these vital music emporiums survive.
This is what I feel can add: the perspective of a native-born son of the Rochester metro; and a view from the bridge through jazz-colored glasses.
In the age of COVID-19, Arts Fuse critics have come up with a guide to film, dance, visual art, theater, and music — mostly available by streaming — for the coming weeks. More offerings will be added as they come in.
A world-star soprano, in her magnificent prime at age 36, offers her first recital CD, and you can participate in its online “launch.”
Front and center in this memoir are BrownMark’s efforts to reconcile his resentment and gratitude toward the man who both sold him short and afforded him the “opportunity of a lifetime.”
Ratched is lurid, violent, sexually explicit, outrageous, and has nothing whatsoever to do with Ken Kesey’s novel or Milos Forman’s award-winning film adaptation.