After a week of engagements at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall and other large venues up and down California, Rhiannon Giddens brought her banjo, fiddle and radiant alto voice to the more intimate environs of [...]
By Brandon Reeves Ranzel Merritt is trying to change the world in a positive way through music. Merritt, who is from Oakland, is an upcoming artist and philanthropist who plays the saxophone, is [...]
During their debut at the Sweet Chariot – a nightclub in Manhattan, allegedly run by the Mafia, that presented African American gospel music to largely white audiences – the Bay Area gospel-singing group, the [...]
“Michael Brown is dead, and they still haven’t arrested that policeman,” Kim Nalley sings in anguished alto tones on “Ferguson Blues,” one of two original songs about the killing of African American teens on [...]
Reeling on the huge success of her single “3xKrazy” this past year, songstress Netta Brielle has released a new project in which she shares her deepest emotions with fans.
Disco music may have fallen from mainstream favor in 1979 – its rapid decline that year fueled by often racist cries of “disco sucks” and by a crate full of disco records being blown up [...]
Singer Tiffany Austin was on cloud nine last Friday. National Public Radio had just broadcast a rave review by critic Kevin Whitehead on its popular “Fresh Air” program of her debut CD, “Nothing [...]
Noah Griffin, founder and artistic director of the Cole Porter Society, brought the American composer and songwriter Cole Porter to life when he presented a program recently at the Commonwealth Club of California.
Veteran R&B singer-songwriter Sugar Pie DeSanto wowed the crowd at the Poretta Soul Festival in Italy last month with renditions of her 1960s hits, “I Want to Know” and “Skip-In Mules” among other songs.