Kevin Jonas, the oldest sibling of pop group the Jonas Brothers and a former hairdresser have married at a French-style chateau in suburban New York. People magazine reported a heavy snowstorm bore down on Saturday’s wedding of 22-year-old Kevin Jonas and 23-year-old Danielle Delesea. Despite the weather, the couple told People that the wedding went on as planned. About 400 relatives and friends attended. Celebrity event planner Michael Russo created a fairy-tale forest theme that included heated white tents with 4.2m trees and crystals made to look like icicles.
It took more than a year, but Baltimore officials finally decided where to put a bust of rocker Frank Zappa that was given to the city by his fans in Lithuania. The eccentric musician’s statue will be erected outside a public library. Zappa never visited Lithuania, but his music was popular there among the avant garde. A Lithuanian fan club erected a Zappa statue in the Lithuanian capital, and last year donated a replica to Baltimore, the singer’s birthplace.
Baltimore’s public arts commission considered multiple locations, including the bohemian Fells Point waterfront, before deciding on the working-class Highlandtown neighborhood known for its Greek restaurants.
Carly Simon felt like quitting the music business last year after a once-promising relationship with a record label ended in a messy breakup. But she now feels reinvigorated after her son, Ben Taylor, pushed her to make an indie album, Never Been Gone, on which she revisits her most famous songs.
The 64-year-old singer-songwriter says the largely acoustic arrangements enabled her to reconnect with how she felt when she first wrote songs like her ironic first hit That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be or The Right Thing to Do before her producers added instrumental tracks.
She had been wooed by Starbucks’ Hear Music label which had successfully marketed albums by Paul McCartney and ex-husband James Taylor through its coffee houses. But just days before the April 2008 release of her Brazilian-flavored CD This Kind of Love, her first collection of original songs in eight years, Starbucks announced it was pulling back from the music business. Simon felt like her record had been “aborted” without the promised marketing push.
Fifty years after jazz legend Miles Davis recorded Kind of Blue, the US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to honor the landmark album’s contribution to the genre.
Davis collaborated on the record with saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, pianists Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb.
Columbia Records released the album in August 1959. The original album — only 37 minutes — had a huge impact that extended beyond jazz to other types of music, from rock musicians such as the Allman Brothers and Carlos Santana to minimalist composers like Steve Reich and Philip Glass.