Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Z100's annual "Jingle Ball" concert, scheduled for Dec. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, is sold out, but Musicians On Call still is offering Platinum Seats and a chance to meet some of the evening's chart-topping performers.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Hollywood Digest

PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Interview: Jennifer Love-Hewitt

DETROIT, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- For Jennifer Love Hewitt, a side benefit to working with Jackie Chan in their new film, "Tuxedo," was exposure to one of the martial arts actor's hidden talents

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Shaggy, Soulive and Elvis Costello have been added to the who's who of support acts opening for the Rolling Stones on the "Licks" tour, which kicks off in Boston on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock news: Music's high and low notes

A two-disc Black Sabbath retrospective is set for release Oct. 15 on Warner Bros. by Records/Rhino Entertainment.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

RAINFOREST FOUNDATION BENEFIT Jeff Beck, Carole King and Rebekah Del Rio, country's Wynonna Judd, Patti LaBelle and Smokey Robinson, and Lulu are among the performers who'll appear at Saturday's Rainforest Foundation benefit concert ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

EMINEM Eminem has agreed to pay $100,000 to a Michigan man he allegedly pulled a gun on after the man kissed the rapper's wife.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is March 26. Bass player Jimmy Blanton was born this day in 1921 in St. Louis, Mo. During his brief stint in the Duke Ellington Orchestra from 1939 to 1941, Blanton revolutionized the role of the bass in jazz.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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John Mayer
John Mayer performs during a memorial service for music legend Michael Jackson, at Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 7, 2009. The "King of Pop" died in Los Angeles on June 25 at age 50. (UPI Photo Photo/Gabriel Bouys/Pool)

John Clayton Mayer ( /ˈmeɪ.ər/ may-ər; born October 16, 1977) is an American blues musician singer-songwriter, recording artist, and music producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He moved to Atlanta in 1997, where he refined his skills and gained a following, and he now lives in New York City. His first two studio albums, Room for Squares and Heavier Things, did well commercially, achieving multi-platinum status. In 2003, he won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Your Body Is a Wonderland."

Mayer began his career performing mainly acoustic rock, but gradually began a transition towards the blues genre in 2005 by collaborating with renowned blues artists such as B. B. King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton, and by forming the John Mayer Trio. The blues influence can be heard on his album Continuum, released in September 2006. At the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007 Mayer won Best Pop Vocal Album for Continuum and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Waiting on the World to Change". He released his fourth studio album, Battle Studies, in November 2009. He has sold over 10 million albums in the U.S. and 20 million albums worldwide.

John Clayton Mayer was born on October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Margaret, an English teacher, and Richard, a high school principal. He grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut, the second of three children. His father is Jewish, and Mayer has said that he "relat to Judaism". He attended Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield although he was enrolled in the Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk for his junior year. (Then known as the Center for Japanese Studies Abroad, it is a magnet program for students wanting to learn Japanese.) During an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Mayer said that he had played the clarinet for a while in middle school, with minor success.

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