Tom Vitale

Tom Vitale appears in the following:

Remembering Ella Fitzgerald, Who Made Great Songs Greater

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

On her 100th birthday, Tony Bennett, Cécile McLorin Salvant and others pay tribute to the woman whose voice and vivacity redefined the Great American Songbook.


Derek Walcott, Who Wrote Of Caribbean Beauty And Bondage, Dies At 87

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Nobel Prize winner celebrated his Caribbean homeland and described its brutal colonial history. "You didn't make yourself a poet," he said. "You entered a situation in which there was poetry."


New York's East Village Ushers In New Year With Feast Of Language

Monday, January 02, 2017

The Poetry Project celebrates its 50th year of supporting contemporary poets. For the 43rd time, it held a marathon poetry reading on New Year's Day at St. Mark's Church-In-The Bowery.


Once The Stuff Of Jazz Legend, 1930s Recordings Are Finally Out

Thursday, December 08, 2016

In 2010, the acquisition of William Savory's legendary collection of almost 1,000 live recordings had jazz fans salivating. Now, 40 restored tracks from the Savory archives are available on iTunes.


At 75, Chick Corea Still Has That Magic Touch

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The jazz pianist and composer's career has been defined by creative collaborations — and he hasn't stopped. He's celebrating his 75th birthday with a marathon of performances.


Why It Took 'Forrest Gump' Author Nearly 20 Years To Write A New Novel

Monday, October 03, 2016

After Forrest Gump became a best-seller, Winston Groom says he ran out of good ideas for novels — until now. His new book, El Paso, is set during the Mexican Revolution.


Kronos Quartet Wants To Give You Free Music — And Teach You How To Play It

Saturday, June 04, 2016

The Quartet's Fifty for the Future project will commission 50 pieces by as many composers. Then the scores and instructional videos will be free online.


Jim Harrison, 'Legends Of The Fall' Author, Dies At 78

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The author — who wrote more than three dozen books, including the novels Dalva and True North and many collections of poetry — found freedom in the outdoors. He died Saturday in Patagonia, Ariz.


The Erroll Garner Jazz Project Restores A 'Profound Cultural Gift'

Sunday, March 27, 2016

"We came together to invigorate Erroll's musical legacy," says Susan Rosenberg, who inherited Garner's archive. The project will release unheard material from the pianist and composer.


The Musical That Ushered In The Jazz Age Gets Its Own Musical

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed tells the story of an overlooked smash hit created and performed by African-Americans.


Remembering Pat Conroy, A Master Who Used His Tortured Life To Tell Stories

Saturday, March 05, 2016

The best-selling author of The Prince of Tides died Friday evening at the age of 70. At his death he was concluding work on his latest book, Aquarius.


Toshiko Akiyoshi's Jazz Orchestra Brought The Club To Concert Halls

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

It's been 60 years since the Japanese musician moved to the U.S., changed the sound of the big band, and counted Oscar Peterson and Charles Mingus among her fans. It wasn't an easy road.


100 Years Of Billy Strayhorn, Emotional Architect Of Song

Sunday, November 29, 2015

In 1964, near the end of his career, Billy Strayhorn accompanied himself on a live recording of one of his best-known songs. It starts:

I used to visit all the very gay places

Those come-what-may places

Where one relaxes on the axis of the wheel of life



After Decades On Stage, Arthur Miller's Works Defy The Final Curtain

Saturday, October 17, 2015

In Arthur Miller's 1949 masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, we're never told what lead character Willy Loman sells — but he's spent a lifetime "on a shoeshine and a smile." His luck finally runs out when his boss lets him go.

"I put 34 years into this firm, Howard, and ...


Exhibition Delves Below Deceptively Simple Surface Of Hemingway's Prose

Monday, October 12, 2015

A collection of first drafts, letters, outtakes and photos on display in New York City illuminate the inner workings of Ernest Hemingway's meticulous writing process — failures, flaws and all.


A Century After His Birth, Saul Bellow's Prose Still Sparkles

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Saul Bellow, one of the 20th century's great writers, was born 100 years ago next month. The publishing world is marking the anniversary with a flurry of books — a Library of America edition of Bellow's fiction, a hefty tome of collected nonfiction, and a big new biography.

Another way ...


Günter Grass, Who Confronted Germany's Past As Well As His Own, Dies At 87

Monday, April 13, 2015

In 2006, the Nobel prize-winning author of The Tin Drum admitted that as a teen during World War II, he had served with the Waffen-SS — the combat unit of the Nazi Party's elite military police force.


Through 10 Years Of Mining His Grief, A Novelist Makes 'Nice'

Saturday, February 21, 2015

It's Friday afternoon in the back room of the Wharf, a fisherman's watering hole on the south shore of Long Island, N.Y. The bar looks out across the Great South Bay towards Fire Island. It's a special place for writer Matt Sumell.

"This is the first bar I got into," ...


Philip Levine, Who Found Poetry On Detroit's Assembly Lines, Dies At 87

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Philip Levine revealed the poetry in the lives working people, and especially the people and places of his youth — in the auto factories and working class homes of urban Detroit. In a career that spanned six decades, he was a United States Poet Laureate, and winner of two National ...


Amiri Baraka Didn't Worry About His Politics Overpowering His Poetry

Saturday, January 31, 2015

For the late poet Amiri Baraka, poetry was about the sound of the words — that the poems should come alive when they were read aloud. "I'm trying to make the poems as musical as I can — from the inception," he said in 1980. "So that whether they're read ...