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Margaritaville Hotel Nashville Celebrates Opening in the Heart of Music City

Margaritaville Hotel Nashville, the newest addition to the Margaritaville portfolio, is centrally located a half block south of the Music City Center, near Broadway. Amenities include a rooftop relaxation and entertainment area with an outdoor pool, sundeck, fire pits and live entertainment; a 24-hour fitness center; and two first-ever Margaritaville dining concepts – FINS Bar and JWB Grill.

Situated in Nashville’s bustling South of Broadway (SoBro) neighborhood, the hotel is steps away from the Country Music Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena, Music City Center, Honky Tonk Highway and more. Drawing from Nashville’s vibrant cultural and entertainment scene and inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville Hotel Nashville is a getaway with music and entertainment at its core.

Wynton Marsalis to Receive the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize

Wynton Marsalis has been named the recipient of the 2020 Ken Burns American Heritage Prize. The award will be presented May 6, 2020, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Photo by Frank Stewart

Wynton Marsalis is the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC), which he helped found. Marsalis grew up in a musical household in New Orleans and studied classical trumpet at The Julliard School in New York City, and pursued his love of jazz by joining Art Blakey’s band. Aside from overseeing Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis continues to perform, compose, and participate in educational workshops. Marsalis created the companion soundtrack recording to Ken Burns’s documentary Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson and appeared in Burns’s Jazz and Country Music documentaries. In addition to his musical talent, Wynton Marsalis has written six books.

Joni Mitchell to Receive Les Paul Innovation Award at 35th Annual NAMM TEC Awards

Hailed as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century, inspired folk artist and pioneer Joni Mitchell will receive the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award at the 35th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), being held Saturday, January 18, 2020, in Anaheim, California.

Joni Mitchell. Credit Norman Seeff

A consummate artist, Roberta Joan Anderson is an accomplished musician, songwriter, poet and painter. Her first record, Song to a Seagull, was released in 1968.

Joni Mitchell went on to serve as producer for most of her subsequent albums.  She produced and recorded Blue (1971), a unique collection of songs, performed with an emotional honesty that resonated with a wide audience.  Blue is considered by many critics to be one of the best LPs of pop music ever created.

Joni’s most commercially successful LP, Court and Spark (1974) was created with the jazz-fusion group The LA Express. The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975) steered her away from traditional pop  forms into formats of complex lyrics and melodies, accompanied by a variety of jazz musicians. Her album Hejira (1976) shed much of the instrumentation creating a minimalist recording with an expansive ambience achieved with the help of her sound engineer, Henry Lewy, by overdubbing Joni’s electric rhythm guitar.  In 1978 one of jazz’s great geniuses, Charles Mingus approached Joni to propose a collaboration. The result was Mingus (1979), released shortly after Mingus’s untimely death from ALS.

Dog Eat Dog (1985) featured Joni’s exploration of sociopolitical themes set to complex synthesizer arrangements. In the 1990s her acoustic guitar playing came back to the forefront and produced the Grammy winning Turbulent Indigo (1994). She has also recorded an orchestral retrospective, Travelogue (2002), two live recordings, Miles of Aisles (1974) and Shadows and Light (1980), and an orchestrated collection of popular music standards, Both Sides Now (2000). In 2007 the Alberta Ballet Company staged the ballet “The Fiddle and the Drum,” choreographed to a collection of Joni Mitchell’s recordings. Her last recording of new material was 2007’s Shine.

Although Joni’s sophisticated music rarely topped the pop charts (“Help Me” reached #7 in 1974), many of her songs have become classics. “River,” “Big Yellow Taxi” and “A Case of You” are instantly recognizable. “Woodstock” has become the anthem of the 60’s counter-culture movement and “Both Sides Now” has been recorded more than 1,250 times by other artists.

Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Deadmau5, Jonas Brothers, 2 Chainz And 500+ Artists Share “Now Playing” Playlists On TIDAL

To commemorate the end of 2019 and emphasize TIDAL’s  connection to the artist community, the global music and entertainment streaming platform is releasing a collection of 500+ new “Now Playing” playlists curated by artists from around the world. Musicians like Alessia Cara, The Black Keys, The Chainsmokers, Lady Antebellum, Mandy MooreMariah CareyTy Dolla $ign and The Weeknd as well as rising artists like Emotional Oranges, Kash Doll and Lewis Capaldi have created playlists to gift to TIDAL members.

Members and non-members alike will be able to discover what artists, including Alicia Keys and the Jonas Brothers, are currently listening to as well as search an interactive hub for an artist’s playlist and for specific songs featured in a “Now Playing” playlist on TIDAL.com/NowPlaying.

To promote music discovery further, TIDAL members will have the added benefit of being matched with specific artist playlists based on their own listening habits and can also explore the wider collection. Existing members can locate their matches on the app’s homepage or via the “Now Playing” section in the TIDAL “Explore” tab – where they can also dive into the wide breadth of playlists in-app.

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