| Jan 16, 2011
Jazz people like to brag that their idiom is "America's classical music." But if you catch some of them in a certain mood, you'll find that they long to merge their art with what much of the Western world calls "classical music" — the idiom that...
| Mar 6, 2011
Grammy winner Sergio Mendes, 70, one of Brazil's most famous exports, kicks off his 50th anniversary in the music business with a new album, "Celebration," compiling a half-century of hits; his first film score, the animated film "Rio"; and a special...
| Nov 24, 2011
Paul Motian, an influential and much-admired jazz drummer who first gained renown in the late 1950s as part of the Bill Evans Trio and later became a composer and the leader of his own groups, has died. He was 80.
Motian died Tuesday at Mount Sinai...
| Dec 19, 2011
Bob Brookmeyer, a jazz trombonist, composer, arranger and educator whose multifaceted career reached from cutting-edge performances with Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz to innovative big band compositions and highly regarded classes at the New England...
| Feb 24, 2012
Mike Melvoin, a pianist/composer/arranger whose credits reach from Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys, and who was the first active musician to serve as national president of the Recording Academy, has died. He was 74.
| Mar 8, 2012
| 4:59 PM
Joe Byrd, a bassist who was best known for collaborations with his guitarist brother Charlie and who helped introduce bossa nova-inflected jazz to the United States, died March 6 at Anne Arundel Medical Center from injuries suffered in a car accident that...
| Oct 16, 2008
| 4:30 PM
Here's some sad news and yet another reminder that time, and life, passes very quickly. Edie Adams has died. Edie Adams: A member of one of the great shows in TV history ("Ernie Kovacs Show"). She won a Tony......
| Feb 17, 2009
Louie Bellson, a jazz drummer and bandleader who combined remarkable instrumental virtuosity with far-ranging compositional skills, has died. He was 84.
According to his wife, Francine, Bellson died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los...
| Feb 25, 2009
| 8:40 AM
There are places in Chicago where you go for great food, and places you go for great music. Still, we wondered: Are there places that suit both needs, without changing seats? We sent music critic Howard Reich and restaurant critic Phil Vettel out together...
| Mar 6, 2009
Scan any list of the Dems' biggest givers and money-raisers and you'll find the names of Haim and Cheryl Saban, but their most recent cause is a decidedly local one with deep roots in their hometown: restoration of the landmark Wilshire Theatre in Beverly...
| Jan 3, 2010
There are those who return to Jack Kerouac just to get lost in the ride. Not across lonesome America but in the serpentine locomotion of his prose.
It's the music of the page: long blasts of blue-streak narrative that don't yield to periods, semicolons,...