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  • Branford Marsalis: Q&A with a jazz sax master

    Branford Marsalis: Q&A with a jazz sax master
    Branford Marsalis, a Grammy-award winning saxophonist, doesn't like to be fenced in. He's played with jazzy rock bands, the New York Philharmonic and his own experimental funk ensemble, Buckshot LeFonque. Although he's not a staunch traditionalist like his trumpet-playing brother Wynton, he's recently been embracing straight-ahead, acoustic jazz. His recent CD "Four MFs Playin' Tunes" is exactly what the title suggests.
  • Chesapeake resident Frank Foster, a jazz musician who led the Count Basie band, dead at 82

    Chesapeake resident Frank Foster, a jazz musician who led the Count Basie band, dead at 82
    Frank Foster, a jazz sax man and composer who is best known for his years with the Count Basie Orchestra, died Tuesday, July 26, at his home in Chesapeake, the Associated Press reported. Foster, who composed Basie's hit "Shiny Stockings," died of...

    On Theater: 'Absurd Person' a singular laugh fest

    Alan Ayckbourn often has been termed the British Neil Simon due to his prodigious output of plays in a quirky comical vein. South Coast Repertory has yet to mount a Simon show, but has produced myriad Ayckbourn offerings and is quite familiar with the...

    2012: The Year the Music Died (So Far)

    2012: The Year the Music Died (So Far)
    It’s not even June. But already this calendar year we’ve lost a gut-wrenching list of people who’ve impacted the music world: impresarios Don Cornelius and Dick Clark, R&B legends Johnny Otis and Etta James, the incomparable Band...

    Jazz night at well-stocked bar is shaping up neatly

    Jazz night at well-stocked bar is shaping up neatly
    On a recent Glendale night, the customary cold stillness of the 1100 block North Pacific Avenue in Glendale was agreeably jostled. At about 9, the warm sounds emerging from the Neat Bar doorway added welcome vitality to the commercial street that...