Giveaway Winner!
May11

Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner! Michael Buble has the number-one CD in the country, and to acknowledge his accomplishment, we gave away a signed copy of the hardcover photo-biography Michael Bublé: Flying High (Flame Tree Publishing) by Mike Gent, with a foreword and signature by Tune Tribune Editorial Director Rusty Cutchin. Click here to see the winner’s name (chosen at random by Rafflecopter). Thanks to everyone who entered and to you for...

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Updates–Live Music and News
Apr12

Updates–Live Music and News

Click here for all the latest news on artists and performances of the American Songbook and vocal jazz. Check out the left column of the homepage for some of our newest features! First, listen to the greatest interpreters of the American Songbook as you read the Tune Tribune by clicking on one of the links from JazzRadio.com. A small “player” window will open, and you can place it anywhere on your screen. Choose from...

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The Importance of Being Oscar
Feb28

The Importance of Being Oscar

In March, PBS will air a new documentary on one of the seminal figures of 20th-century songwriting, Oscar Hammerstein II. The film is hosted by Glee‘s Matthew Morrison, who was part of the revival cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, the award-winning production that played Lincoln Center from 2008–2010. (Morrison sang “Younger Than Springtime” and “You’ve Got to be Carefully...

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The Astaires: Life Before Ginger
Feb02

The Astaires: Life Before Ginger

A new biography shines light on one of the great forgotten stars of American show business, Adele Astaire, who left show business after a 20-plus-year partnership with her younger brother Fred, and watched him go on to become one of the most revered stars in the history of American musicals and movies. In The Astaires, Australian researcher Kathleen Riley reminds us that Adele was the unquestioned star of the dancing act the young...

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Frank Loesser’s Centennial Roll
Mar26

Frank Loesser’s Centennial Roll

Frank Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opens March 27 with Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role. See scenes from the new production here and click on this link to buy tickets. Frank Loesser, like Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, was one of the few creators of great American musicals who wrote both music and lyrics. He began his career as a lyricist, but it became clear that his melodies—sometimes...

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Frank: A Man and His Videos
Mar11

Frank: A Man and His Videos

Shout Factory, one of the classiest repackagers of classic pop material, has released the Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music TV specials in a new DVD set. These performances are well known to songbook video fans.  Three of the shows represent the Chairman of the Board in the mid sixties with his powers  intact and his collaboration with Nelson Riddle still in peak form. The fourth show is an early-80’s finale to the series with...

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Mary Cleere Haran (1952–2011)
Feb06

Mary Cleere Haran (1952–2011)

The cabaret world was stunned by the sudden death of Mary Cleere Haran on February 5 following a bike accident in Deerfield Beach, Florida, where the singer lived. Haran was struck by a car backing our of a driveway and never regained consciousness. Haran was a major star in the New York supper-club world and a respected authority on the American Songbook. She can be seen in the Michael Feinstein documentary The Great American...

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Roots of Bossa Nova

TCM airs the 1959 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language film, Black Orpheus, as part of its series  The Essentials, on January 15, at 8PM and February 15 at 10 AM. The film, a retelling of the Orpheus myth set in Rio, first exposed audiences worldwide to the music of composers Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfá, igniting the Bossa Nova craze that would explode three years later when Brazilian pianist Jaio Gilberto and his singing...

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Margaret Whiting (1924–2011)

Margaret Whiting, the popular singer and recording star of the 40’s and 50’s who spent much of her later years performing in clubs and theatrical productions in New York, died on January 11. Whiting, though not a household name, had one of the most appealing tones and impressive musical pedigrees of the 20th century. She raised lots of eyebrows in later years for her marriage (admittedly based on compatibility and...

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Broadway Revivals Unlimited

Update, January, 2011: West Side Story completed its Broadway run and began a national tour in 2011, but several revivals are on tap for the rest of the year, including Anything Goes (Cole Porter), Bubbling Brown Sugar (Ellington, et al), and Hello Dolly! (Jerry Herman). New treatments of classic musicals are still coming fast and furious in New York. Rodgers and Hart’s Pal Joey and a new production of Frank Loesser’s Guys...

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New Cast Soundtracks

Stephen Holden of the New York Times, one of the most astute music and film critics in the country, has nailed it again. His analysis of the current crop of cast albums does a great job of describing the appeal of the newer sounds of Broadway while avoiding the patronizing or dismissive tone many writers adopt when writing about the Broadway tradition. There has been no doubt for decades that Broadway needed a shot (or many shots) of...

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