OBITUARY: Composer Michael Kamen, 55

Michael Kamen Grammy-winning composer Michael Kamen died Tuesday from a heart attack at his home in London, according to his Web site. He was 55. Born in New York City on April 15, 1948, Kamen trained at the Juilliard School and formed the rock-classical fusion band New York Rock and Roll Ensemble in the late […]

Slatkin Honored with Medal of Arts

Leonard SlatkinPhoto courtesy of the National Symphony Orchestra Conductor and noted champion of American music Leonard Slatkin is among the 2003 Medal of Arts Recipients announced by President George W. Bush. Slatkin and the nine other honorees were presented with the medals by the President and First Lady Laura Bush in an Oval Office ceremony […]

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Unveils Restored Works of Thad Jones

Thad JonesPhoto courtesy The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra When the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra kicked off Baruch College’s Twelfth Annual Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Concert Series at Mason Hall in New York last Thursday, it was not only the crispness and ingenuity of Thad Jones’s charts that made his classic “Mean What You Say” sound brand-new. The […]

Berklee College Launches Site to Share Music Lessons

Berklee College of Music has launched Berklee Shares, a program that provides free music lessons (protected by Creative Commons licenses, more about that later) via file-sharing networks. The project’s Web site hosts a growing catalog of text, MP3 files, and even QuickTime movies derived from curriculum developed at the college by its own faculty, Berklee […]