Simon & Schuster recently posted videos on YouTube of various employees taking turns trying to read aloud portions of Nicholson Baker’s new novel House of Holes. No one gets very far before collapsing with embarrassed laughter.
Mark Braun (AKA Mr. B) has been staging his annual Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Celebrations for fourteen years. Past participants have included a veritable who’s who in the world of piano greats, such as Monty Alexander, Henry Butler, Cyrus Chestnut, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.
Zakir Hussain is a tabla virtuoso who has defied genres by collaborating with the world's best musicians like YoYo Ma, Van Morrison, Anoushka Shankar, and George Harrison. He has become one of India's most prized ambassadors and is known for unbelievable rhythms and uncanny improvisations.