According to legend, Paul Desmond--the saxophone player for the Dave Brubeck Quartet--lost a bunch of money one weekend at a casino in Atlantic City. Despite his poor luck, Desmond was fascinated by the sound made by the slot machine, which sounded like: One And two And Three, Four, Five, One And two And Three, Four, Five...
Desmond went home and wrote Take Five, which soon became Dave Brubeck's biggest hit.
Though he was already plastered on Apple billboards across the People's Republic of China, relatively few in the United States had heard of Jimmy Wong until last week - when the Internet helped transform him into a viral video sensation.
A portrait of an artist as a young public servant: Andrew Russo is a seemingly singular figure in American politics today.
As President of The Juilliard School, Dr. Joseph Polisi is a twenty-first century visionary poised at the helm of a world-renowned performing arts institution; he is a fierce proponent of the arts, an author, a teacher, and a performer.
As players all over the globe will readily attest, the lifeblood of a professional orchestral musician does not always flow as freely as the iconic music it stands to serve.
Every so often, you meet someone who, in even just a short time, manages to change your life forever; someone possessed of such charisma and vibrancy, you come away from the experience with creativity ablaze, hopes renewed, confidence restored and idealism reborn.
Notes On The Road recently had a rare and fortuitous opportunity to chat with lyric soprano Amy Burton, a star of the operatic scene and member of the esteemed voice faculty at Mannes College.
In the arts world, there seems to exist a mystical but sizeable chasm separating “the artists” from “the managers” -- two camps that can never quite seem to reconcile their differences.
Twilight fans, beware! Rob Pattinson doesn’t hold a candle to this golden newcomer, who should have been cast to play the contemporary romantic Edward Cullen on the big screen.