by Mike Breen
Former local Jazz musicians getting national exposure playing with a Jazz icon and a Pop superstar
Jazz musician Brian Newman, Ohio native and graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, has become a New York City Jazz scene staple with his group’s popular residencies in the city. And he’s been popping up on national television a lot recently thanks to his role as the bandleader of Lady Gaga’s Jazz projects. Gaga has employed Newman’s group for various Jazz performances over the past few years, including surprise club gigs in NYC and the singer’s 2011 network TV special, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving.Newman and his group, which features fellow CCM grads (and onetime players in Cincinnati’s music scene) Steve Kortyka (saxophone), Alex Smith (piano) and Scott Ritchie (bass), have also been working with American music icon Tony Bennett, thanks to Bennett and Gaga’s recent collaborative album, Cheek to Cheek, released in late September. For live and promotional appearances, Gaga’s Jazz backers meld with Bennett’s.Newman and Kortyka were recently seen backing Bennett on The Tonight Show (Gaga was unable to make the appearance, but taped an intro for the segment).
Newman was also the “guest bartender” on the popular Bravo show, Watch What Happens Live. The trumpeter got sucked into the action during the “after show” when his mom and dad called in; click here to check out the cute clip in which Newman thanks his parents for letting him do whatever he wanted and pursue his musical career.The full CCM-schooled crew will be featured on Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!, part of PBS’ “Great Performances” series. Filmed at Lincoln Center in late July, the hourlong concert special premieres on Cincinnati PBS channel WCET on Oct. 24 at 9 p.m.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Crazy Cat Lady has gone from a silly
stereotype to a career path thanks to Ben Huh and the staff behind
popular website I Can Has Cheezburger. Get a peek at the inner-workings
of Cheezburger as LOLwork premieres this week, focusing on the office side of this Seattle-based business.
by Jac Kern
at 09:17 AM | Permalink
Jac's favorite recent pop culture and Internet findings
Meme-mania has officially ensued. Read: whenever South Park makes an episode about something, I start paying attention. A few weeks ago, "What _____ Thinks I Do/What I Really Do" took over the Internets like a pop culture wildfire (Spoiler Alert: No one thinks or cares about your boring job). Now, a Tumblr page created by a couple law students in February is attracting millions of viewers — daily.#whatshouldwecallme is simple, browsable, funny and therefore mindlessly addictive. The bloggers take popular clips from movies, TV and YouTube videos, turn them into animated gifs and stamp a personal anecdote on it. You can tell they stem from inside jokes, but most of them are relatable and laugh-out-loud funny (especially for '90s sitcom and reality TV lovers). For example: When people tell me I shouldn't be reading blogs when I'm on deadline:Twenty-plus years ago, Kirk Cameron was a Tiger Beat-worthy hottie, known to all kids of the '80s as Mike Seaver, his character on Growing Pains (and real life brother to Candace Cameron, DJ from Full House). Mike was a good-hearted troublemaker, always getting wrapped up in a scheme. But when Cameron hit 17, he became a born-again Christian and soon objected to any risque lines or scenes in Growing Pains. Yeah, this is coming from a guy who's character had a best friend named Boner (RIP).While born-again Christians can be mildly annoying, you can't really hate on Cameron for wanting to keep a family program kid-friendly. And post-Growing Pains he went on to avoid drugs, tranny hookers and other scandals associated with former child stars. Great job, Kirk! Unfortunately, he just couldn't quietly fade into oblivion; he had to spew his crazy all over the media. And let me define crazy: He believes homosexuality is "unnatural" and "destructive" and that evolution has Nazi ties.Thankfully, other (sane) former child stars have come together to speak out against Cameron. And they're a bunch of CCOCKs.
There are countless blogs out there devoted to ugly trends somehow accepted by fashionistas, and there's a place in my heart for all of them. I'm not going to wear harem pants and neon crop tops in public, but that doesn't mean I don't want to look at them online! My new favorite is Heavy Browsing — two hilarious women take on some of the more ridiculous fashion trends, like sneaker heels, boyfriend jeans and cut-outs. Want to give into fug-tation and try a questionable trend? These bloggers show you how to pull them off without ending up on a "Worst Dressed" list.
Finally, enjoy this video of James
Franco, looking like KFed for an upcoming Spring Break movie, singing co-star Selena Gomez’s "Love
You Like a Love Son."
How did he manage to make that swoon-worthy?
by Jac Kern
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
at 03:33 PM | Permalink
Upcoming shows and recent TV announcements
Based on the style of BBC sitcom The Thick of It, HBO’s Veep (10 p.m. Sundays) stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Vice President of the United States. For those of us who’ve had more than their fill of Sarah Palin after the channel’s movie Game Change, don’t worry — this is a fictional storyline not based on any gun-toting beauty queens. The comedy follows the less-than-glamorous day-to-day tasks of V.P. Selina Meyer. Think Parks and Recreation if Leslie Knope made it to the White House. Selling point: Tony Hale (otherwise known as Buster Bluth) plays her bodyguard. Veep premieres April 22.Did you watch that Portlandia sketch about the fictional restaurant Around the World in 80 Plates, “a culinary voyage across the seven seas of flavor,” and think that would be a great premise for a food and travel show? Well, the folks over at Bravo did (or it at least seems like it) when they created a new reality show where chefs compete while traveling across the world, entitled — wait for it — Around the World in 80 Plates (10 p.m. Mondays). Chefs Cat Cora and Curtis Stone host. Tune in May 9 for the premiere to see if Craig’s Crazy Guac Tacs are involved in any way (fingers crossed).Move over, Kardashians — there’s a new family in E! town. Mrs. Eastwood & Company (10 p.m. Sundays) takes the ubiquitous reality formula to Northern California, focusing on the lives of Clint’s wife, Dina, and two of his daughters, Francesca and Morgan. The ladies live on a sprawling ranch complete with a sassy housekeeper and herd of pets. The show focuses on the Eastwoods’ pet project, grownup boyband, Overtone. Hit show or hot mess? Find out May 20 when the series debuts.Other recent show announcements include the following premiere dates: HBO's True Blood (9 p.m. Sunday, June 10), TNT's revival of Dallas (9 p.m. Wednesday, June 13) and my guiltiest of pleasures, Showtime's The Real L Word (10 p.m. Thursday, July 12).