Norah Jones is an American singer and actress. Throughout her career, Jones has won awards and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Billboard named her the top jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade and she has won nine Grammy Awards and was 60th on Billboard magazines artists of the 2000–2009 decade chart. In 2002, Jones launched her music career with the release of Come Away with Me. It was certified diamond, selling over 26 million copies, the record earned Jones five Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist. They were well received by critics. Jones fifth studio album, Little Broken Hearts, was released on April 27,2012, Jones is the daughter of Indian sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar, and half-sister of fellow musician Anoushka Shankar. Jones was born Geetali Norah Shankar on March 30,1979 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York, to American concert producer Sue Jones, after her parents separated in 1986, Shankar lived with her mother, growing up in Grapevine, Texas.
She attended Colleyville Middle School and Grapevine High School before transferring to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing, while in high school, she sang in the school choir, participated in band, and played the alto saxophone. At the age of sixteen, with parents consent, she officially changed her name to Norah Jones. Jones always had an affinity for the music of Bill Evans and Billie Holiday and she once said, My mom had this eight-album Billie Holiday set, I picked out one disc that I liked and played that over and over again. As a child, Jones began singing in church and took piano and she considers herself spiritual and appreciates the rituals of her church but does not consider herself deeply religious. She attended Interlochen Center for the Arts during the summers, while at high school, she won the Down Beat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition. Jones attended the University of North Texas, where she majored in jazz piano, during this time, she had a chance meeting with future collaborator Jesse Harris.
She gave a ride to a band playing at the university whose members happened to be friends of Harris and he was on a cross-country road-trip with friend and future Little Willies member Richard Julian, and stopped to see the band play. After meeting Jones, Harris started sending her lead sheets of his songs, in 1999, Jones left Texas for New York City. Less than a later, she started a band with Harris. As artist Peter Malick states in the notes, I started looking for a singer who could record for me
Tony Scherr is an American jazz and folk rock bassist, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Scherr was born in New Haven, and is a graduate of the Hammonasset School and he has been a member of a number of bands, such as The Lounge Lizards, Sex Mob, Jesse Harris and the Ferdinandos, and Chris Brown and the Citizen Band. Scherr owns a studio and has worked as record producer for many of the artists he performs with. In 2002, Tony Scherr released his first solo album, Come Around and his song Sacramento was covered by Leslie Feist on her album Let It Die, with alternate lyrics and a new title, Lonely Lonely. Tony Scherrs second album, Twist in the Wind, was released March 17,2008, Tony Scherr official website Tony Scherr at AllMusic Tony Scherr discography and marketplace at Discogs Tony Scherr at the Smells Like Records website
A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an honor awarded by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of awards that have a more popular interest. It shares recognition of the industry as that of the other performance awards such as the Emmy Awards, the Tony Awards. The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4,1959, to honor, following the 2011 ceremony, The Academy overhauled many Grammy Award categories for 2012. The 59th Grammy Awards, honoring the best achievements from October 2015 to September 2016, was held on February 12,2017, the Grammys had their origin in the Hollywood Walk of Fame project in the 1950s. The music executives decided to rectify this by creating a given by their industry similar to the Oscars. This was the beginning of the National Academy of Recording Arts, after it was decided to create such an award, there was still a question of what to call it, one working title was the Eddie, to honor the inventor of the phonograph, Thomas Edison.
They finally settled on using the name of the invention of Emile Berliner, the gramophone, for the awards, the number of awards given grew and fluctuated over the years with categories added and removed, at one time reaching over 100. The second Grammy Awards, held in 1959, was the first ceremony to be televised, the gold-plated trophies, each depicting a gilded gramophone, are made and assembled by hand by Billings Artworks in Ridgway, Colorado. In 1990 the original Grammy design was revamped, changing the traditional soft lead for a stronger alloy less prone to damage, Billings developed a zinc alloy named grammium, which is trademarked. The trophies with the name engraved on them are not available until after the award announcements. By February 2009,7,578 Grammy trophies had been awarded, the General Field are four awards which are not restricted by genre. Album of the Year is awarded to the performer and the team of a full album if other than the performer. Record of the Year is awarded to the performer and the team of a single song if other than the performer.
Song of the Year is awarded to the writer/composer of a single song, Best New Artist is awarded to a promising breakthrough performer who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording that establishes the public identity of that artist. The only two artists to win all four of these awards are Christopher Cross, who won all four in 1980, and Adele, who won the Best New Artist award in 2009 and the other three in 2012 and 2017. Other awards are given for performance and production in specific genres, as well as for other such as artwork. Special awards are given for longer-lasting contributions to the music industry, the many other Grammy trophies are presented in a pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony earlier in the afternoon before the Grammy Awards telecast
Michelle Williams (actress)
Michelle Ingrid Williams is an American actress. She began her career with television guest appearances, and made her film debut in Lassie. She gained wider recognition for her role as Jen Lindley on the The WB series Dawsons Creek from 1998 to 2003 and she followed this with films such as Martin Scorseses Shutter Island. Her work in Blue Valentine garnered her nominations for the Golden Globe Award and she won a Golden Globe and an Independent Spirit Award for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, which garnered her BAFTA, SAG, and Academy Award nominations. In 2016, she received acclaim for her performance in the drama Manchester by the Sea, earning her nominations from the BAFTA, SAG. On Broadway, Williams appeared in a revival of the musical Cabaret in 2014 and she received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play nomination for the latter. Williams was born in Kalispell, the daughter of Carla Ingrid and her parents are separated, and she has one sister and three half-siblings.
Her mother is a homemaker, and her father is an author and commodities trader and she has Norwegian, and smaller amounts of English, Danish, Swedish and Welsh ancestry. As a child, Williams kept to herself and was self-sufficient, as she has said, I was really secretive with my parents, I found that by keeping to myself I got on OK. When Williams was nine, her moved to San Diego. She became interested in acting at an age when she saw a local production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Williams began her career in the early 1990s by making guest appearances in programs such as Step by Step. In 1993, she appeared as Bridget Bowers in Baywatch and she debuted in the adventure film Lassie. In Species, she portrayed the younger version of Sil, an alien-human who grows up to become the character played by Natasha Henstridge. At age 15, with her parents approval, she filed for emancipation from them, after completing ninth grade at Santa Fe Christian Schools, in Solana Beach, she left school because of severe bullying.
Subsequently, Williams was home-tutored by her father and graduated with a GED from a correspondence school and she moved to Los Angeles and quickly secured a role in Dawsons Creek. Williams said that she thought she knew all she needed to know since age 15 and she said in 2011 that she chose emancipation as she was influenced by other young actors doing it. In 1997, unhappy with the roles they were being offered, Williams and it was sold, but nothing happened with it
The Black Keys
The Black Keys are an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, the bands raw blues rock sound draws heavily from Auerbachs blues influences, including Junior Kimbrough, Howlin Wolf, and Robert Johnson. Friends since childhood and Carney founded the group after dropping out of college, after signing with indie label Alive, they released their debut album, The Big Come Up, which earned them a new deal with Fat Possum Records. Their third album, Rubber Factory, received acclaim and boosted the bands profile. The groups commercial breakthrough came in 2010 with Brothers, which along with its popular single Tighten Up, won three Grammy Awards. Their 2011 follow-up El Camino received strong reviews and peaked at two on the Billboard 200 chart, leading to the first arena concert tour of the bands career. The album and its hit single Lonely Boy won three Grammy Awards, in 2014, they released their eighth album, Turn Blue, their first number-one record in the US, and Australia.
Guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney first met when they were eight or nine years old living in the same neighborhood of Akron. Auerbach and Carney both come from musical backgrounds, Auerbach is the cousin of guitarist Robert Quine, a veteran of New Yorks avant-rock scene. Carney is the nephew of saxophonist Ralph Carney, who performed on several Tom Waits albums, while attending Firestone High School, they became friends, though they were part of different crowds—Auerbach was captain of the high school soccer team, while Carney was a social outcast. Encouraged by their brothers, the duo began jamming together in 1996, as Auerbach was learning guitar at the time and Carney owned a four-track recorder, after graduating, both briefly attended the University of Akron before dropping out. Auerbach attempted to make a living performing at small bars in town. To record one, he asked for help from Carney, who agreed to recording equipment. However, none of Auerbachs backing band showed up on the recording date, instead and Auerbach jammed, eventually leading to the duo forming a band in mid-2001.
Together, they recorded a demo consisting of old blues rip-offs. On March 20,2002, the duo played their first live show at Clevelands Beachland Ballroom and Tavern to an audience of approximately eight people. The bands debut album, The Big Come Up, was recorded entirely in Carneys basement on an 8-track tape recorder in lo-fi and was released in May 2002, three months after they signed to Alive. Two tracks, covers of the blues standard Leavin Trunk and The Beatles song She Said
Bright Eyes (band)
Bright Eyes is an American indie rock band founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor Oberst. It consists of Oberst, multi-instrumentalist and producer Mike Mogis and piano player Nate Walcott, Bright Eyes is signed to Saddle Creek Records, a Nebraska-based label founded by Conor Obersts brother Justin Oberst and Bright Eyes member Mike Mogis, now distributed by Sony Corporation. A founding member of Commander Venus – which disbanded in 1997 – guitarist/vocalist Conor Oberst turned to focus on his new project, Bright Eyes. In 1998, he released 20 of the songs he had been stockpiling as the first official Bright Eyes album, A Collection of Songs Written, the album saw Oberst beginning to experiment with drum machines and other instruments. The sound of the ranges from bleating vocals to acoustic guitar songs. Critical reaction was negative, with AllMusic saying that many of the songs disintegrate as his vocals are reduced to the unintelligible babbling of a child. Any balance the music maintained up to point, however fragile, is lost and so.
On November 2,1998, Saddle Creek released Letting Off the Happiness, according to the Saddle Creek press release, it features members of Lullaby for the Working Class, Neutral Milk Hotel, and of Montreal. Park Ave. bandmate Neely Jenkins contributed vocals and it was predominantly recorded in the Oberst family basement in Omaha on an analog eight track reel to reel, with some work done at keyboardist Andy Lemasters Athens, Georgia studio. Although almost all of the feature a full band, June on the West Coast is performed with only acoustic guitar. Padraic My Prince gives a fictional account of the death of his baby brother. Oberst has referenced the song Padraic My Prince more than once in his music, the song An Attempt To Tip the Scales on the album Fevers and Mirrors has a faux interview near the end of the track. It is not Oberst speaking, it is actually Todd Fink, the interviewer is Matt Silcock, another labelmate on Saddle Creek Records. The interview was meant to be sarcastic and most of what the Oberst impersonator said was not true.
At one point the interviewer asks the question, So some of these references like babies in bathtubs are not biographical, the Oberst impersonator replies, Well I did have a brother who died in a bathtub. Well actually I had five brothers that drowned and my mother drowned one every year for five consecutive years. They were all named Padraic, and thats why they only got one song and its kind of like walking out a door and discovering that its a window. Oberst references the song in Cartoon Blues on the Four Winds EP, in November 1999, Bright Eyes released the five-song Every Day and Every Night EP, which included Neely OHara and A Perfect Sonnet
Catalina Sandino Moreno
Catalina Sandino Moreno is a Colombian actress. She shared the Silver Bear with Charlize Theron and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Maria Full of Grace, Sandino Moreno was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Before becoming an actress, she studied advertising at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, casting calls for Maria Full of Grace were conducted in both New York and Colombia where she was initially noticed for her talent at the acting school in Bogotá. She was referred to an audition where she beat over 900 girls for the lead role. Sandino Morenos role in this movie made her the first Colombian, the second South American and she is the current CEO of El Delirio Productions, a production company based in Los Angeles and Bogotá. Catalina Sandino Moreno is now working in the pre production of El Delirios first feature film called Gratitude and directed by Nicolás Sandino Moreno, in 2006, she played roles in Fast Food Nation and Paris, je taime. In 2008, she appeared alongside Benicio del Toro in Steven Soderberghs Che and she played the role of female Vampire Maria in The Twilight Saga, based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer.
In November 2013, it was announced she would play the role in the forthcoming biopic Castros Daughter. On October 20,2014, it was announced that she would be joining the season of Falling Skies in a recurring role as Isabella. Que Linda Manita –2006 List of actors with Academy Award nominations Catalina Sandino Moreno at the Internet Movie Database Photos Cristiada, Catalina Sandino filming in Durango, México
Venice Film Festival
The film festival is part of the Venice Biennale, which was founded by the Venetian City Council in 1895. The film festival has taken place in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice. Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, since its inception the Venice Film Festival has grown into one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. The 74th Venice International Film Festival is scheduled to be held from 30 August to 9 September 2017, the first edition of the Venice Film Festival was carried out from the 6 to the 21 of August in 1932. The festival began with an idea of the president of the Venice Biennale Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata and Luciano De Feo, with good reason, the festival was considered the first international event of its type, receiving strong support from authorities. This first edition was held on the terrace of the Hotel Excelsior on the Venice Lido, and at that stage it was not a competitive event.
The very first film to be shown in the history of the Festival was Rouben Mamoulians Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the second edition was held two years later, from 1 to 20 of August in 1934. For the first time it included a competition, at least 19 countries took part with over 300 accredited journalists. The Mussolini Cup was introduced for best foreign film and best Italian film, other awards were the Great Gold Medals of the National Fascist Association for Entertainment to best actor and actress. The prize for best foreign film went to Robert J. Flahertys Man of Aran and was a confirmation of the taste of the time for auteur documentaries, starting in 1935, the Festival became a yearly event under the direction of Ottavio Croze. The actors award was renamed Volpi Cup, in 1936 an international jury was nominated for the first time and in 1937 the new Cinema Palace, designed by the architect Luigi Quagliata, was inaugurated. The 1940s represent one of the most difficult moments for the review, the conclusion of the Second World War divides the decade in two.
Before 1938 political pressures distorted and ruined the festival, in addition, few countries participated and there was an absolute monopoly of institutions and directors that were members of the Rome-Berlin Axis. The festival resumed full speed in 1946, after the war, with the return of normalcy, Venice once again became a great icon of the film world. In 1947 the festival was held at the Doges Palace, a most magnificent backdrop for hosting a record 90 thousand participants, surely it can be considered one of the greatest editions in the history of the festival. For the next twenty years the festival continued its development and expansion in accordance with the plan set in motion after the war. In 1963 the winds of change blow strongly during Luigi Chiarini’s directorship of the festival, during the years of his presidency, Chiarini aspired to renew the spirit and the structures of the festival, pushing for a total reorganization of the entire system. The social and political unrest of 1968 had strong repercussions on the Venice Bienniale, from 1969 to 1979 no prizes were awarded and the festival returned to the non-competitiveness of the first edition
Charlyn Marie Chan Marshall /ʃɑːrlɪn məri ʃɒn mɑːrʃəl/, better known by her stage name Cat Power, is an American singer-songwriter, occasional actress, and model. Cat Power was originally the name of Marshalls first band, but has become her moniker as a solo artist, in 1996 she signed with Matador Records, and released a third album of new material with Shelley and Foljahn, What Would the Community Think. Following this she released the critically acclaimed Moon Pix, recorded with members of Dirty Three, and The Covers Record, in 2012 she released the self-produced Sun, which opened at number 10 on the Billboard 200, the highest charting album of her career to date. Critics have noted the constant evolution of Cat Powers sound, with a mix of punk and blues on her earliest albums and her 2012 album Sun incorporated electronica, in a self-proclaimed move from the really slow guitar songs she initially wrote for the album. Chan Marshall was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1972, chans father, Charlie, is a blues musician and pianist.
Her parents divorced when she was a child and remarried shortly thereafter and her mother Myra Lee remarried and had a son Lenny, the family travelled around a lot because of the job her stepfather Leamon had. Chan attended ten different schools throughout the southern United States in places such as Greensboro and Memphis and throughout Georgia, at times she was left with her grandmother. Chan became estranged from her mother at 16, having no contact with her until she was 24 and says they are still not close. Marshall commented on her religious upbringing, You know, my grandmother was very religious growing up and she taught me from a young age that Satan is bad. But you tell a child about Satan and demons and saints and angels, as an adult, you have to really remember that its all just folk tales. Like werewolves, that kind of thing, Marshalls first instrument was a 1950s Silvertone guitar, which she did not touch for a year after buying it, because she considered it a piece of art in the corner.
”Marshall taught herself to play guitar. Marshall began playing music in Atlanta with a collective of musicians made up of Glen Thrasher, Marc Moore, Damon Moore and Fletcher Liegerot, Marshall immediately decided on Cat Power as the name of the band. While in Atlanta, Marshall played her first live shows as support to her friends bands, including Magic Bone and Opal Foxx Quartet. Due to her relationships with the various people involved, she has stated that her involvement in music at this time was primarily a social interest rather than an artistic one. In a 2007 interview she explained that the music itself was more experimental, a number of her local peers became entrenched in heroin use, and this contributed to her desire to leave Atlanta. In 1992, at the age of 20, she moved to New York City with Glen Thrasher and it was Thrasher who introduced her to New Yorks free jazz and experimental music scene. In particular she cites a concert by Anthony Braxton with giving her the confidence to perform in public and her first New York show was at a warehouse in Brooklyn and she has described her early New York shows as more improvisational.
One of her shows during this period was as the act to Man or Astro-man. and consisted of her playing a two-string guitar
Emmylou Harris is an American singer and songwriter. She has released many albums and singles over the course of her career. Her work and recordings include work as a solo artist, a bandleader, an interpreter of other works, a singer-songwriter. Harris is from a military family. Her father, Walter Harris, was a Marine Corps officer and her father was reported missing in action in Korea in 1952 and spent ten months as a prisoner of war. Born in Birmingham, Harris spent her childhood in North Carolina and Woodbridge and she married fellow songwriter Tom Slocum in 1969 and recorded her first album, Gliding Bird. Instead, Hillman recommended her to Parsons, who was looking for a female vocalist to collaborate with on his first solo album, Harris toured as a member of Parsonss band, the Fallen Angels, in 1973, and the pair shone during vocal harmonies and duets. Later that year and Harris worked on a studio album, Parsons died in his motel room near what is now Joshua Tree National Park on September 19,1973, from an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol.
Parsonss Grievous Angel was released posthumously in 1974, and three tracks from his sessions with Harris were included on another posthumous Parsons album, Sleepless Nights. One more album of recorded material from that period was packaged as Live 1973, Warner Brothers A&R representative Mary Martin introduced Harris to Canadian producer Brian Ahern, who produced her major label debut album, Pieces of the Sky, released in 1975 on Reprise Records. It featured Bluebird Wine, a composition by a young Texas songwriter, Rodney Crowell, two singles were released, Too Far Gone, which initially charted at No. 73, and Harriss first big hit, If I Could Only Win Your Love, a duet with Herb Pedersen, executives of Warner Bros. Records told Harris they would agree to record her if she would get a hot band. Harris did so, enlisting guitarist James Burton and pianist Glen Hardin, Burton was a renowned guitarist, starting in Ricky Nelsons band in the 1950s, and Hardin had been a member of the Crickets. Other Hot Band members were drummer John Ware, pedal steel guitarist Hank DeVito, singer-songwriter Crowell was enlisted as a rhythm guitarist and duet partner.
Harriss first tour schedule originally dovetailed around Presleys, owing to Burton, the Hot Band lived up to its name, with most of the members moving on with fresh talent replacing them as they continued on to solo careers of their own. Elite Hotel, released in December 1975, established that the created by Pieces of the Sky was well-founded. Unusual for country albums at the time, which revolved around a hit single. Elite Hotel was a No.1 country album and did well as a crossover success with the rock audience
Willie Hugh Nelson is an American musician, songwriter, poet and activist. He was one of the figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has involved in activism for the use of biofuels. Born during the Great Depression, and raised by his grandparents, Nelson wrote his first song at age seven, during high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player. After graduating from school in 1950, he joined the Air Force but was discharged due to back problems. After his return, Nelson attended Baylor University for two years but dropped out because he was succeeding in music, during this time, he worked as a disc jockey in Texas radio stations and a singer in Honky-tonks. Nelson moved to Vancouver, where he wrote Family Bible, in 1958, he moved to Houston, Texas after signing a contract with D Records.
He sang at the Esquire Ballroom weekly and he worked as a disk jockey, during that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including Funny How Time Slips Away, Hello Walls, Pretty Paper, and Crazy. In 1960 he moved to Nashville and signed a contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Prices band as a bassist. In 1962, he recorded his first album. And Then I Wrote, due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year. After mid-chart hits in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Nelson retired in 1972 and moved to Austin, the ongoing music scene of Austin motivated Nelson to return from retirement, performing frequently at the Armadillo World Headquarters. In 1973, after signing with Atlantic Records, Nelson turned to country, including albums such as Shotgun Willie. In 1975, he switched to Columbia Records, where he recorded the acclaimed album. The same year, he recorded another outlaw country album, the Outlaws, along with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser.
In 1990, Nelsons assets were seized by the Internal Revenue Service, the difficulty of paying his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments he had made during the 1980s. In 1992, Nelson released The IRS Tapes, Wholl Buy My Memories, the profits of the double album—destined to the IRS—and the auction of Nelsons assets cleared his debt. During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively, reviews ranged from positive to mixed. He explored genres such as reggae, jazz, Nelson made his first movie appearance in the 1979 film The Electric Horseman, followed by other appearances in movies and on television