Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Performs On National TV In NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ [Watch]

first_img[Audio: Recorded, edited and seeded by Michael Buzzeo; Uploaded by JamBuzz]If you like Taz, you can catch him during Jazz Fest at Z-Funk: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin & Parliament Funkadelic featuring Michelangelo Carubba & Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Roosevelt Collier, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone), Rob Walker (The Main Squeeze), Chris Bullock & Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy) at The Maison in New Orleans on Sunday, April 29th. For more info, click here; to purchase tickets, click here; and for our full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here. Last night, in celebration of Easter Sunday, NBC continued their recent trend of live stage musical broadcasts with a newly adapted production of Jesus Christ Superstar starring John Legend as JC, Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, Alice Cooper as King Herod, and an immensely talented group of performers to round out the cast.While several highly touted live TV musicals have aired over the last several years, this new adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s cult classic 1970 rock opera was the first to be filmed in front of a large live audience with live musical accompaniment. The teleplay was staged at Marcy Armory and has received rave reviews, with virtually every review noting the palpable energy afforded to the performance by the live audience and accompaniment.One particular member of the backing band will look familiar to Live For Live Music’s readers: young guitar wizard Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, who served as a featured soloist during a number of the show’s songs (including its opening number), augmenting the guitar work of band members Tim Quick and Dylan Kondor (pictured above).Taz, of course, has plenty of experience working with the decorated Andrew Lloyd Webber. He originated the role of Zack Mooneyham in the Broadway production of School of Rock: The Musical (music by Webber), and recently made a ripping guest appearance at the special 30th-anniversary performance of Webber’s 1986 hit musical Phantom of the Opera.You can check out a couple of Taz’s appearances below. You can watch all the musical numbers from Jesus Christ Superstar Live! via the NBC YouTube page):Jesus Christ Superstar Overture with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer“Damned for All Time/Blood Money” with Brandon “Taz” NiederauerJesus Christ Superstar wasn’t Taz’s only big show this past weekend. He also performed a Jimi Hendrix tribute show at Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre the previous night, billed as the 50th anniversary of Jimi’s iconic record, Electric Ladyland (1968). Listen to full-show audio of the performance below:Brandon “Taz” Niederauer – Jimi Hendrix Tribute – Full Audio – 3/31/18last_img read more

Cricket News Ravindra Jadeja excluded from India side for Australia series – End of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 hopes?

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Indian squad selected for the series against Australia, which will be the last international bilateral assignment for the side before the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 in England did not have many surprises. The squad featured most of the core members who have been part of the ODI side for a couple of years. However, the most notable exclusion in the squad was Ravindra Jadeja. The Saurashtra all-rounder, who was an integral part of the Indian cricket team until 2017, is now on the sidelines and his exclusion is a potential sign that his ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 hopes are almost over. Jadeja’s exclusion is sign of the problem of plenty that is currently in the Indian set-up.The current line-up of the Indian cricket team makes it very hard for Jadeja to come back. Firstly, where will you slot him and in what position? Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli select themselves. The Indian skipper and the team management have favoured Ambati Rayudu as their preferred choice at No.4. MS Dhoni is at No.5 while Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav provide the right balance with both bat and ball at No.6 and No.7. To compound Jadeja’s matters, Kohli has already established Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as the core spinners who will be backed up by the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.The problem with Jadeja’s inclusion is plenty. With so many players performing well and with the bowling all-rounders slot filled by Hardik Pandya and Jadhav, what will Jadeja offer? Ever since the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in which both Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin proved to be expensive, Kohli has preferred to look beyond the duo in limited-overs cricket at least. Ever since the end of the Champions Trophy till the end of the Wellington ODI in 2019, Kuldeep and Chahal have taken 77 and 65 wickets respectively. On the other hand, Jadeja has taken just 16 wickets at an average economy rate of 4.88. highlights With the spinners performing so well, Jadeja will have to do something special with the bat. However, in 2017 and 2018, Jadeja has averaged just 16.25 and 22.66 respectively. One must remember that with the Indian top order performing so well, the opportunities for Jadeja to bat were not much.Jadeja’s chances are not only slim in the playing XI, his chances of featuring in the 15-man squad for the World Cup is also slim. The likes of Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant have also played a major role in India’s victories in the past couple of years. The only chance for Jadeja could be if Karthik is not picked for the World Cup.India might be tempted to include Jadeja primarily due to his experience in major ICC tournaments and also in England. In the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, Jadeja’s exploits with the ball was the major reason behind the team’s success. In 17 ODIs in England, he has taken 27 wickets at an average of 27, which is his best overseas. Even with the bat, Jadeja has had good success in England with an average of 70 and a strike-rate of 108.However, for the moment, it seems Kohli is not going by past records and is clearly determined to go the 2019 World Cup with the present core. If the selection for the Australia series is any indication, Jadeja’s chances of playing in the XI is virtually non-existent and his inclusion in the 15-man squad is very thin. Ravindra Jadeja played three ODIs against Australia Down Under.Jadeja has been in and out of the Indian side ever since 2017 Champions Trophy.Jadeja has been omitted from the ODI and T20I squad against Australia.last_img read more

Tension between Anthony Davis, Pelicans has created unrest throughout NBA

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDavis’ public trade demand last month has created a swirl of chaos that has everyone in the league paying attention. Owners and front offices are asking if it should be concerning that Davis, a top-five player early in his prime, can attempt to force his way out of town with a year and a half left on his contract. Players are asking why it’s wrong for a star to ask for a change when teams can trade away talent in a snap. And it’s a debate that seems unlikely to end neatly even after Davis is traded – if he is traded at all.The Pelicans fired General Manager Dell Demps on Friday, looking for new leadership to handle the transition from the Davis era. Davis himself remains unmoved.“Obviously, the Pelicans are going to do what is best for them,” he said. “They need to do what’s best for them. My intentions are the same, no matter who the GM is.”The heart of the discussion – power, self-determination and who possesses it – has always been a historically difficult tussle for the NBA. And in an era when players have more ability to choose where they go than ever before, there’s a shrill cry from smaller NBA markets that if the current trend holds, it will be difficult for them to retain their superstars from the clutches of teams such as the Lakers, traditional powerhouses situated in big markets and desirable locations.That’s often been the case in the league, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver was quick to point out Saturday that the competitive balance of the league is, in one sense, as even as it has ever been in correlation to market size. The Lakers, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls have all struggled of late. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions CHARLOTTE, N.C. — He hunched forward in his seat and wore his black hoodie draped over his head. On the court, Anthony Davis is imposing. Off it, the flat timbre of his voice comes off almost as meek.But the 25-year-old, 6-foot-10 forward is at the center of a seismic grinding of powerful forces that has left much of the NBA restless. And he only added to the tension as he spoke throughout a 25-minute session on Saturday morning.He said he does indeed have a list of franchises he would like his current team, the New Orleans Pelicans, to trade him to. He acknowledged New York and Milwaukee, two teams previously reported to be desired destinations, are on that list. So is Boston, though that wasn’t reported. And even though Davis later tried to amend his comments, saying he would be willing to be traded to all 29 other NBA teams, it didn’t put a lid on the whispering, the speculation and everything else that has driven this saga along.“I knew that’s all y’all wanted to talk about,” Davis said roughly two-thirds of the way through the session, as a handler attempted fruitlessly to convince the media to ask questions related only to All-Star weekend. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Pistons forward Blake Griffin can have sympathy rooted in the other side of the power dynamic: The Clippers traded him seven months after he signed a massive contract extension (including an elaborate free agency presentation in which they enacted “retiring” his jersey), so he understands as well as anyone in the league that teams’ loyalty is a mere matter of convenience. Many players do, he said.“We realize as players that it’s not always, I don’t want to say ‘fair,’” he said. “But as players you make sure you support guys. Guys know whatever decision they make, that’s the decision that’s right. You don’t want to peer pressure someone into staying with a team if they’re not happy.”For now, the Pelicans and Davis have reached a difficult detente: Davis is permitted to play, but is often pulled late in games. He’ll finish out his seventh season in New Orleans, and it’s unclear how long into his eighth he’ll have to wait. In the meantime, speculation about his next stop will continue to swirl.Amid Saturday’s media scrum, someone asked him if he envisions playing alongside LeBron James.“Yeah, I will,” he said. “On Sunday in the (All-Star) game.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers But the speculation around teams such as the Lakers and Knicks – and the salary-cap room they possess – has also heightened a level of sensitivity around the potential of tampering. The Lakers have been fined twice in the past two years under the NBA’s tampering guidelines, and as recently as last week, the league had to look into whether Magic Johnson’s comments about Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons violated league policy (they did not).The nature of the NBA is for young players to talk to former greats and ask for advice: That’s what the league found Simmons was doing when he reached out to Johnson. With many former players occupying prominent roles with teams, that line has become more and more blurry, and tampering concerns have inched their way into more of those conversations.“It’s almost odd that this one was a public situation,” said Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce, who coaches a number of burgeoning young stars who would look through similar channels for advice. “It does get difficult when you have a player who works for an NBA team and is someone as well respected as Magic.”Silver said he believes the league has the power to investigate claims of tampering and enforce the rules as need be. He also believes the issue of trade demands and tampering are separate, but teams might feel differently: In their statement acknowledging Davis’ trade demand last month, the Pelicans asked that the league “enforce the tampering rules.” Davis’ link to the Lakers through his agent Rich Paul, who is also LeBron James’ agent, is a commonly speculated source of intrigue.Silver is most sore about the situation leaking out from behind closed doors. When the league negotiated the last Collective Bargaining Agreement, it gave teams the power to offer a contract extension a year before one of its drafted players becomes a free agent. The idea was to give teams a chance to learn before the competition whether a player would be willing to re-sign or not, then make a deal as needed – all in private.The actual consequences of that provision have played out differently. Davis simply accelerated his timeline.“Once again, the law of unintended consequences: It hasn’t worked out exactly as we had planned,” Silver said. “That’s another area we have to focus on.”It’s unclear if Davis truly understands the gravitas of his decision. He was booed in his return to Smoothie King Center, and the Pelicans, fearful of injuring their chief trade asset, have been skittish about playing him for whole games. Still, Davis insisted he would have “a heartwarming message” for fans that he would post on Instagram “when the time comes.”Paul George went through a similar situation in 2017 when he told the Indiana Pacers he would like to be traded. He was dealt to Oklahoma City that summer, turning fans against him not only in Indiana, where he was the biggest star since Reggie Miller, but also in Los Angeles, which he spurned last summer in free agency.George said he feels for Davis’ situation, knowing he will have “a city and a fanbase turn on him,” while still trying to win.“It’s definitely going to make him tougher,” he said. “It’s going to give him a thicker skin.”Players generally seem supportive of Davis. He said he and his teammates rarely talk about the absurd nature of their predicament in the locker room. They focus on the things teams do: the coming opponent, and how to play better.Related Articleslast_img read more