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James Brandon Lewis Quartet: Transfiguration review – angular, explosive experimentation | Jazz

American tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis has one of the fiercest sounds in modern jazz. Hard-blowing and full of declarative melodies, he has released more than 10 records as a bandleader since his 2010 debut, Moments, channelling everything from meandering blues on 2014’s Divine Travels to ecstatic gospel on 2023’s For Mahalia, With Love and distorted punk improvisations with post-rock outfit the Messthetics on the same year’s Eye of I. Lewis’s quartet is typically an outlet for his more nimble compositions,…

Shaznay Lewis to perform one-off London show in May

Shaznay Lewis will perform a one-off headline show at London’s Jazz Cafe on 14th May 2024 it has been announced. The All Saints singer and solo star will be performing in support of her upcoming album ‘Pages‘, which is released days later on 17th May 2024. Lewis has been previewing the record with the songs ‘Miracle‘ and ‘Kiss of Life’, both of which are out now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaAh8HI6VXQ Shaznay Lewis says, “I’m excited to be doing my first ever show at the legendary Jazz Cafe, I’m…

Shaznay Lewis to release new album ‘Pages’ in May

All Saints star Shaznay Lewis will release her second solo album ‘Pages’ on 17th May 2024 it has been announced. The news follows the recent release of her solo single ‘Miracle’ and today new track ‘Kiss of Life’ has debuted. You can hear the song and watch the video for it below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaAh8HI6VXQ Lewis says, “I do feel as though I’m starting again, and making this record with some special people has been an exhilarating experience. I felt free for the first time. For this album,…

The great puzzle: Lewis Carroll and the child who inspired his most famous work

Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a teacher of mathematics at Oxford and a deacon of the Anglican Church, was said to be a “pure in heart”, devout scholar. But most of the world knows Dodgson as Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The English author’s interests spanned literature, mathematics, logic, art, photography, theatre, religion, and science. His most notable works may be Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass (1871), but he was also known for…

Lewis Black reflects on his final tour as America’s crankiest comic

Lewis Black is in his element. Onstage before an adoring audience, he merely says the name of disgraced former Rep. George Santos before the crowd erupts into laughter. The longest-running contributor to Comedy Central’s “Daily Show,” Black, with his signature raspy voice rising in anger as he stabs his finger in the air, later unleashes a torrent of F-bombs and razor-sharp commentary, ranging from the sad state of the world to the idiocy of politicians.These are good times for the 75-year-old comic. Black’s most recent…

All Saints star Shaznay Lewis releases new solo track ‘Miracle’

All Saints star Shaznay Lewis is stepping back into the solo spotlight with ‘Miracle’, her first solo single in 20 years. ‘Miracle’ showcases Lewis’ songwriting as well as her distinctive vocals. Blending pop and R&B, the song exudes confidence and positivity. Take a listen below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPscHr280cw Lewis says, “‘Miracle’ was a journey, a relentless writing process between Emily Phillips and me. We pushed each other, we changed it a lot until, and when I finally listened to it…

Best New Music from Green Day, Playboi Carti, Lewis Capaldi and more

Welcome to our weekly rundown of the best new music — featuring big singles, key tracks from our favorite albums, and more. This week, Green Day make some noise ahead of their 14th studio album, Playboi Carti plays the field (with help from Travis Scott), and Lewis Capaldi delivers a heartbreaking ballad. Plus, new music from Peso Pluma, Sleater-Kinney, and JID. Green Day, “One Eyed Bastard” (YouTube) Playboi Carti feat. Travis Scott, “Backr00ms” (YouTube) Lewis Capaldi, “Strangers” (YouTube) Luis R…

Lewis Capaldi extends touring break as his health improves: ‘I want to make absolutely sure I’m 100%’ | Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi has said he is “going to continue taking some time to carry on looking after myself” after his six-month hiatus from touring yielded an improvement in his health.The Scottish singer-songwriter announced in June he would be taking a break from touring “for the foreseeable future” after he struggled with his voice during a Glastonbury set, during which the crowd stepped in to sing the lyrics to his final songs.On New Year’s Eve, he updated fans in a lengthy Instagram post to say he is “working with some…

‘It had me weeping’: Nick Offerman, Leona Lewis and more on culture they loved in 2023 | Culture

Rosie JonesComic and top doc makerAbba Voyage, London (2023)Rosie Jones. Photograph: Ejatu Shaw/The GuardianI went to Abba Voyage in March this year, for the second time, but this felt really special because I went with my mum, who is my favourite person and my biggest cheerleader. I grew up listening to Abba with her and it felt so lovely for it just to be me and her. It’s such an incredible experience: for the first five minutes you marvel at the technology but after that you absolutely forget that it’s not really them…

Jennifer Lopez, Jenifer Lewis sing together at her & Ben Affleck’s holiday party

Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez treated her holiday party guests with a sweet serenade. The Grammy winner, 54, was joined by party guest Jenifer Lewis for a special rendition of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. JLo and her husband, Ben Affleck, threw a star-studded Christmas bash at their home in Los Angeles, with Lewis, 66, Margot Robbie, Michael B. Jordan and Lily Rabe among the many guests in attendance, reports People magazine. During the celebration, Jennifer sang the Christmas classic alongside…