February 29, 2016 by

George Gershwin-1937 / photo courtesy of Wikipedia

George and Ira Gershwin, who set the bar for Brooklyn composers and lyricists more than 90 years ago, continue to inspire contemporary artists. The latest tribute to these Brownsville legends, released on February 26, is Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin. In November, Nelson, who closed the 2015 season of Celebrate Brooklyn! with a rousing benefit concert, became the first country music artist to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song…On her new album, The Magic Hour, Aoife O’Donovan gets an able assist from fellow Brooklyn transplants Chris Thile (Punch Brothers), Gabriel Kahane and Sarah Jarosz, as well as the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins…Veteran soul and R&B singer Charles Bradley’s new album, Changes, is due out April 1…Singer-songwriter Rebecca Pronsky, the Saint Ann’s School alumnus who the Montreal Gazette dubbed the “new Joni Mitchell,” is putting the finishing touches on her new album, Known Objects. It’s slated for a May 3 release, but you can buy a copy at her Jalopy show on April 15… Elizabeth Ziman (Elizabeth and the Catapult), whose song “Someday Soon” won the 2015 Independent Music Award in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter category, is working on her crowd-sourced, as-yet-untitled fourth album in Williamsburg’s Studio G….  a lyric video of American Nomads‘ new single, “A Revelation’s Gonna Come,” has been released on YouTube in advance of their March 19 show at Rockwood Music Hall…Kudos to Lucius on selling out back-to-back shows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (March 31) and Webster Hall (April 1)…A tip of the hat also to Sharon Van Etten, one of a handful of artists chosen the play at the “Sweet 16” anniversary party for NPR’s All Songs Considered

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Angelique Kidjo/ photo by Howard B. Leibowitz B.L.Howard Productions

…..and finally, congratulations to Angelique Kidjo on earning her third Grammy Award (Best World Music Album) and New Utrecht High School graduate Anthony Ramos for his first, for his breakout role in the groundbreaking Broadway musical, Hamilton.

Notable Quote: “The musical blows the dust off your soul.” –Mel Brooks

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Lucius / photo by Howard B. Leibowitz B.L.Howard Productions