April 29, 2016 |
When the Big Easy calls, a true jazzman cannot refuse - even if he's in the throes of diaper changes and midnight feedings of his 2-week-old, first-born daughter. With North Penn High School's award-winning Navy Jazz Band slated to perform at the venerated New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this week, on a main stage - a first-ever honor for a school ensemble from outside the Crescent City - band director David DiValentino knew he had to put paternity leave on hold. His wife, he said, commanded him to "Go!
April 20, 2016
It may still be a bit too chilly to nap on the beach in Cape May, but the Exit Zero Jazz Festival offers a swinging kickoff to summer. This year's spring edition offers a typically diverse lineup, ranging from straight-ahead jazz to classic blues and soul and New Orleans grooves. Here are some highlights to lure you to the Shore a few weekends early: Joey Alexander. The Indonesian-born piano prodigy, 12, amazed the Cape May audience last year with an opening set. He returns with a pair of Grammy nominations and a 60 Minutes profile under his belt.
April 11, 2016 |
Gary Harrison was a rookie Philadelphia police officer when he was shot in the face while on duty in 1991. That night, he was visited in the hospital by then-Commissioner Willie Williams, and Officer Harrison told his boss, "Don't take me off the street," his brother recalled. Mr. Harrison, 50, maintained that dedication to policing for more than 25 years and was still active on the force when he suddenly fell ill Sunday, April 3, with pneumonia while on vacation in New Orleans.
April 9, 2016 |
There was appreciation Thursday when the 76ers spoke of Sam Hinkie, who resigned Wednesday as the team's general manager. It makes sense since it was Hinkie who brought the players and coach Brett Brown to Philadelphia. On this day, the Sixers' three-year record of 47-195 during Hinkie's tenure wasn't foremost on their minds. "When I saw him I always wanted to play to the best of my ability to always please Sam," said forward-center Nerlens Noel, who was a draft-day acquisition in 2013 from the New Orleans Pelicans in Hinkie's first draft.
March 20, 2016 |
The live TV musical trend takes a new direction this weekend as Fox marks Christians' Palm Sunday with The Passion , a two-hour retelling of the Easter story. This time, it takes place in New Orleans and stars Jencarlos Canela, a Cuban American singer and star of NBC's Telenovela , as Jesus. What can we expect when it airs at 8 p.m.? Here's what we know so far: 1. Though the Lenten tradition of the Passion Play goes back many centuries, the format for Fox's version comes from the Netherlands, the country that also gave the world Big Brother . Each year since 2011, the story of Jesus' death and resurrection has been reenacted three days before Easter in a different Dutch city, broadcast live, accompanied by pop-music performances.
March 20, 2016 |
Fox, the network that let the Prince of Darkness out of Hades to fight crime in Lucifer , presents The Passion , a two-hour musical retelling of the Easter story that will air live at 8 p.m. Sunday from New Orleans. There's probably more at work here than balancing some cosmic scales, the way the late producer Aaron Spelling tried to do in capping a career of sexy schlock like Melrose Place, Dynasty, and, yes, Satan's School for Girls with the prudish schlock of 7th Heaven . They don't call it broadcasting for nothing, and in the age of time-shifting, those who need a bigger-than-cable audience to pay the bills are looking to live events.
March 4, 2016 |
The Delaware 87ers are taking a look at Baron Davis. The former NBA all-star point guard signed and practiced with the 76ers' NBA Development League affiliate on Wednesday. Davis, 36, is expected to play for the Sevens on Friday in a home game against Iowa. Davis has not played since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, and patellar tendon in his right knee as a New York Knick in 2012. The two-time NBA all-star, who signed with the D-League in January, has been working on his fitness in an attempt to make a comeback.
March 1, 2016 |
Anders Osborne may have been born in Sweden, but since arriving in New Orleans in 1985 - where he's now part of Louisiana's firmament - he's become one of the sturdiest, much-loved voices of rough-and-tumble Americana, buoyant blues and MOR rock. Recording plucky albums like 2013's Peace , being a pal-participant to Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, playing Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday with Amy Helm - herself, a scion and patron saint of Nu-Americana as the daughter of the late, legendary Levon Helm - all show what Osborne has become since landing in the United States.
February 26, 2016 |
YOU CAN just envision the 76ers first practice after the All-Star break last Thursday. It was held in New Orleans' Smoothie King Arena, scheduled to start at the exact time the trading deadline expired and not long after the Sixers had arrived from Philadelphia. So at the time the practice was scheduled to start, delayed a bit because players were still getting dressed and taped, almost all were glued to their cell phones, checking websites and texting agents to see if they were going to remain with the Sixers.
February 24, 2016 |
THERE'S A LOT Malcolm Jenkins doesn't know yet about the Eagles' new defensive setup, Jenkins said, but he does know that his play and leadership are valued here. That was enough for Jenkins to seek a new contract, announced at five years, signed on Monday. "Philly's a team that I really want to be on for a long run . . . I told (agent Ben Dogra) if the feeling's mutual, I'd love to get something long-term done," Jenkins said at a Nova-Care news conference. A source close to the situation said Jenkins, 28, will make about $35 million over the first four years of the pact, with $21 million guaranteed.