Jazz trombonist Chris Barber was born on this date in 1930.
Tony Bennett recorded his first-ever song, titled "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," on this date in 1962.
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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Tony Bennett with its Pied Piper Award. The presentation will take place during ASCAP's 19th annual Pop Music Awards on May 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Singer k.d. lang will be on hand to join ASCAP in honoring Bennett that evening.
Bennett is being recognized for his consummate musical artistry and extraordinary career as the foremost interpreter of the "Great American Songbook." Previous recipients of the ASCAP Pied Piper award include Fred Astaire, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Bob Hope, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand.
Dr. John, Patti Austin, Herbie Hancock and Earth Wind & Fire will headline the 12th edition of the Janus Jazz Aspen at Snowmass (JAS) festival, being held June 20-23 in Snowmass Village, Colo.
The triple bill of Dr. John, Robert Cray, and John Hiatt on June 23 will be a focal point of the weekend festival, Billboard.com reports. The fest will also feature a nod to classic jazz, starting with "A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald" and will conclude with "Directions in Music," a tribute to the works of Miles Davis and John Coltrane featuring Hancock, saxophonist Michael Brecker, and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.
JAS is also sponsoring a weeklong residency program July 22-29 with nightly concerts featuring bassist/artistic director Christian McBride, guitarist Russell Malone, pianist Benny Green, trumpeter Wallace Roney and saxophonist/program director Loren Schoenberg.
(Web site: jazzaspen.com)
The Tim Lyddon Trio, featuring bassist Tom Hubbard and drummer Scott Latzky, will appear at New York's Knitting Factory on May 4. AllAboutJazz.com reports the performance will include original pieces from the trio's album, as well as standards and a few new compositions. The Tim Lyddon Trio's latest CD, "I've Traveled So Far" (on Essence Jazz Records), was released last year.
(Web site: pianojazz.net)
(By UPI's Penny Nelson Bartholomew, sitting in for Ken Franckling)