Paul Broadnax, 92, jazz singer and pianist known for his grace and longevity

Mr. Broadnax was a staple of New England’s jazz scene for nearly eight decades, appearing as a vocalist and pianist since his Roxbury childhood as a son of classically trained singers.

Among the many recording artists to have used non-lexical vocables are (clockwise from top) Little Richard, Rihanna, Otis Redding, Lady Gaga, David Byrne and Talking Heads, the Beatles, Ray Charles, and Kanye West.


In pop music, words aren’t everything, and that’s no lie-la-lie

Substituting sounds for real words is part of a long tradition that includes everyone from Lady Gaga to Led Zeppelin to Louis Armstrong.

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Indie artist Sidney Gish was not prepared to have such a big year, but it’s ‘totally fine!’

We spoke to the local talent and Northeastern student ahead of her Holyoke show.

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In the Pink reunites for a good cause

The hard rockers are raising funds for the one-time head of their fanclub.

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Madonna paid homage to Aretha Franklin at VMAs, and the backlash was immediate

The Queen of Soul’s fans say the Queen of Pop made the show’s only tribute to Franklin all about herself.

Cardi B wins VMA, Nicki Minaj defends Fifth Harmony member

Cardi B, in her well-known silly demeanor, “opened” the 2018 Video Music Awards — not with a performance, but with cute jokes.


Sweet sweet Aretha (since she’s been gone)

The Museum of Fine Arts pays tribute to the singer, who died last week, with an installation in its Sharf Visitor Center.

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At Tanglewood, balletic Bernstein and a John Williams premiere

Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever collaboration with Boston Ballet and Yo-Yo Ma’s performance in a Leonard Bernstein work for cello and orchestra were among the weekend highlights in Tanglewood’s ongoing centennial tribute to Bernstein.

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Despite rain, happiness reigns at Wicked Good Festival

Boston itself was the common thread running through the first Wicked Good Festival.

Summer Arts Preview 2018

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// The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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Fans attending Backstreet Boys concert hurt during storm

At least 14 people were transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to an Oklahoma resort hosting the show collapsed.

Marty Balin (far left) says a botched tracheotomy ruined his musical career.


Jefferson Airplane co-founder: Botched surgery ruined career

Marty Balin is accusing a New York City hospital of destroying his musical career with a botched tracheotomy.

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Staying in tune with my son in college through his Spotify feed

My son and I always related through music. I gave him his space when he went off to school, but followed his listening habits closely.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones frontman Dicky Barrett.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 20-26

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Union Improv Festival, Salsa in the Park, and more.

The lounge at the Seaport’s Tuscan Kitchen.

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At Tuscan Kitchen, the sounds of Old Blue Eyes

Swing alongside Frank Sinatra lookalike and longtime impersonator Michael Dutra, who moonlights as the “Sultan of Swoon.”

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The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Neil Diamond performs during the 49th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards gala at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on Thursday, June

Slowed by Parkinson’s, Neil Diamond is eager to get back onstage

The 77-year-old singer says he’s “feeling good,” though he’s not planning to return to the road.

Music is an honest day’s work for Iris DeMent

The singer/songwriter talks about her Pentecostal upbringing, reconciling it with her life’s work, and overcoming her insecurities.

20 classics from a trove of nonsensical sounds

There is a vocable song for every generation and musical style.

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10 essential songs from Aretha Franklin

These tracks show different facets of the Queen of Soul.


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Mitski’s ‘Cowboy’ ranges far and wide

The indie artist’s fifth album has her forging new stylistic paths.

George Steel is Abrams curator of music at the Gardner Museum.

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A new musical season at the Gardner

Music curator George Steel has assembled his first concert season at the museum.

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Ben Folds presents master class, talks about his forthcoming book — all before the show

The musician sat down for one of his signature AMAA (Ask Me Almost Anything . . . About Music) Q&A sessions, long before talking the stage at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.

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A little diss and a lot of that from Pusha T

The rap icon kept the mood high at the House of Blues without alluding to his rival, Drake, until the end of his set.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Beyonce and Jay-Z perform during a Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Cleveland. During a performance on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, Beyonce dedicated her performance with husband, Jay Z, to the Queen of Soul drawing a thunderous roar from Aretha Franklin’s hometown of Detroit. ( AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)


Beyoncé honors ailing Aretha Franklin at Detroit concert

Queen Bey dedicated her performance with husband, Jay Z, to the Queen of Soul drawing a thunderous roar from Aretha Franklin’s hometown of Detroit.

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts pianist Igor Levit and the BSO at Tanglewood Sunday.

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Michael Tilson Thomas returns to Tanglewood to conduct the BSO

At Tanglewood, Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler, Rachmaninoff, and himself.

Aretha Franklin performed at Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2007.

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin is seriously ill

The singer canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest.

Boston, MA - August 11, 2018: Singer Robin Zander leads Cheap Trick at Fenway Park in Boston, MA on August 11, 2018. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: lifestyle reporter: Journey and Def Leppard

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An arena-rock triple play from Journey, Def Leppard, and Cheap Trick

Despite their aesthetic differences, the shared classic-rock pedigree of the bands made for a natural fit at Fenway Park Saturday night.

The ‘cop pool karaoke’ officers play a bigger stage: at Brad Paisley’s concert

Stephen McNulty and Kim Tavares got a big hand Saturday when they sang for the audience at the Xfinity Center.

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No room for complexity at Tanglewood Young People’s Concert

Friday’s concert presented musical bits and bobs along with kid-oriented commentary.

Billy Joel performs at Fenway Park.

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At Fenway, Billy Joel comes out swinging

The singer piled on the hits — and added some some surprises — for his fifth show in five years at Fenway Park.

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Boston Ballet names Mischa Santora its new music director

The conductor follows Jonathan McPhee, who spent 27 years in the role.

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Trump praises Kanye West after Kimmel appearance

President Trump tweeted his appreciation for Kanye West after the rapper talked about his support for Trump on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Beach balls were flying as Jimmy Buffett performed at Fenway Park.

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Smooth sailing for Jimmy Buffett at Fenway

The singer played fan favorites, reminisced, and soaked in the summer night.

Indie rock band Big Thief talks Berklee, Boston, and being vulnerable

Though all four members of indie rock band Big Thief attended Berklee at some point, it wasn’t until after graduation that they found each other walking the streets of Brooklyn.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 13-19

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, Old School Game Night, India Day Festival, and more.

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The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Color Killer members Lincoln Zinzola (front), Nate Dalbec (right) and Matt Hiltz play in Lincoln’s basement.

The future of punk rock rages against the machine (i.e. bedtime and the Tooth Fairy)

Marlborough’s Color Killer, led by a blue-haired 8-year-old, were a hit on the Vans Warped Tour and have more high-profile gigs ahead.

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The Weekender: ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Billy Joel, and the Beantown Tapfest

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Missy Elliott.

Missy Elliott praises Rhode Island woman’s karaoke version of ‘Work It’

Mary Halsey, of West Warwick, recently performed her version of the 2002 hit and posted the performance on her Facebook page.

The Trotters, Michael and Tanya, are known as The War and Treaty.

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All the War and Treaty need is love

On their debut LP “Healing Tide,” the married roots-soul shouters sing with a passion for each other.

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Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher expecting their second child

Carrie Underwood says her family is adding “another fish to our pond.”

Tomasz Stanko, ruminative jazz trumpeter, dies at 76

Mr. Stanko’s even-toned, languorous trumpet playing endeared him to experimental musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

(FILES): This January 25, 2018 file photo shows Cardi B attending the Warner Music Group’s annual Grammy celebration in association with V magazine in New York. Pop legend Janet Jackson and fast-rising rapper Cardi B will headline the Global Citizen festival in New York to rally support for preserving international aid to eradicate extreme poverty. The critically acclaimed experimentalist Janelle Monae, R&B sensation The Weeknd, activist songwriter John Legend and young pop star Shawn Mendes will also play the September 29, 2018 festival in Central Park, organizers announced August 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images


Janet Jackson, Cardi B to headline Global Citizen festival

John Legend, Janet Jackson, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes are among the artists slated to appear at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival.

The van, located in Chesterfield, was featured on an episode of the History Channel show “American Pickers.”


The original Aerosmith tour van found in Western Mass.

“It’s been like 40 years since we’ve been in this thing.”

Actress Rosie O’Donnell spoke Monday at a protest in front of the White House.

Rosie O’Donnell and Broadway stars protest outside White House

The actress told participants that it was important to make sure their voices were heard.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Music Review

At Newport, jazzy new flavors and old-school funk

Artists exploring new partnerships highlighted the final day of the festival, before George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic brought it to an exuberant close.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z onstage at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

Music Review

Beyoncé and Jay-Z write a happy ending at Gillette

The emotionally charged show traced the romantic arc of their relationship — the downs and the ups.

Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (center) sat in the stands during a game between the Red Sox and Astros earlier this season. Lopez was at Fenway Park on Sunday.


Jennifer Lopez, at Fenway, sings along to ‘Sweet Caroline’

While her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez was in the booth covering the Red Sox-Yankees game, Jennifer Lopez grooved to “Sweet Caroline.”

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd and his band performed on a rainy Saturday at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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Inspired performers persist amid the rain at Newport Jazz Fest

On Saturday, the large crowd was rewarded for enduring the downpours.

The top 10 most powerful and influential married couples in pop music history

It’s a top 10 with a ring on it.