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Apple Music: Watch Classic GRAMMY Jazz Performances
Spanning jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Count Basie, Wynton Marsalis, and more, find out which unforgettable jazz GRAMMY performances you can watch now
What would the fabric of American music look like if it weren't for jazz? It could be argued there would be no rock and roll or hip-hop had it not been for the piano finesse of Duke Ellington, the out-of-this-world scat singing of Ella Fitzgerald or the virtuoso saxophone wielding of Charlie Parker.
Though jazz predates the 1958 inaugural GRAMMY Awards by decades, Music's Biggest Night didn't waste any time in recognizing the biggest names of the genre in its first few years — Fitzgerald, Ellington, Count Basie, and Miles Davis — and the legacy of honoring the best in jazz continues to this day with dedicated awards categories and unforgettable performances.
Watch vocal quartet the Mills Brothers satiate with their smooth harmonies during their jazz medley during the 20th GRAMMY Awards. That same year, Basie and his orchestra lit up the stage with a swingin' version of the standard "Sweet Georgia Brown."
Flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione gave a soulful rendition of his popular "Feels So Good" at the 21st GRAMMYs, while Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson tickled the ivories on "Just In Time." At the 26th telecast, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was on fire for his performance of "Hummel: Rondo Allegro, Molto, Later."
Singer/bandleader Cab Calloway helped usher in the 30th GRAMMY Awards with his GRAMMY Hall Of Fame classic "Minnie The Moocher." Guitarist George Benson strummed up another spark of jazz at the telecast that year with "On Broadway."
At the 31st GRAMMYs, jazz vocal collective Manhattan Transfer livened up the evening with "She's The Most," while legendary trumpet master Dizzy Gillespie made a splash with "Brother Kay." Vocalist Sarah Vaughan closed the night for jazz with "So Many Stars." The following year, at the 32nd GRAMMY Awards, Miles Davis himself took the stage for "Hannibal."
Singer Nnenna Freelon and a cappella group Take 6 soared with "Straighten Up And Fly Right" at the 43rd GRAMMY Awards. And at the 51st GRAMMYs, a truly diverse group of musicians, including Lil Wayne, Robin Thicke, Allen Toussaint, Terence Blanchard, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, brought down the house with "Big Chief, Feet Don't Fail Me Now."
All of these performances and more are available now, only on Apple Music. Watch now at Applemusic.com/GRAMMYs.
The 60th GRAMMY Awards will take place at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28. The telecast will be broadcast live on CBS at 7:30–11 p.m. ET/4:30–8 p.m. PT.
Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY
Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business
The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.
In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs
Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage
What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.
Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.