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Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 - May 24, 1974) was a famous jazz pianist and composer, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians in history. (Photo AP)
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 - May 24, 1974) was a famous jazz pianist and composer, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians in history. (Photo AP) « Show less

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  • Herb Jeffries dies at 100; Hollywood's first black singing cowboy

    Herb Jeffries dies at 100; Hollywood's first black singing cowboy
    Herb Jeffries, who sang with the Duke Ellington Orchestra during the Swing Era and made movie history in the 1930s as "The Bronze Buckaroo," the silver screen's first black singing cowboy, has died. He was 100.
  • Taking the Kids: Exploring African-American history in Washington, D.C., and beyond

    Taking the Kids: Exploring African-American history in Washington, D.C., and beyond
    Talk about the best birthday present ever. You've got to think that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be smiling down as we, on the same day, celebrate his birth and the second inauguration of Barack Obama, our first African-American president. Ask your...

    Dave Brubeck dies at 91; jazz legend

    Dave Brubeck dies at 91; jazz legend
    In the strait-laced Eisenhower 1950s, Dave Brubeck seemed, on one hand, deeply conventional. He didn't drink, smoke or take drugs. He favored expressions like "baloney!" and "you bet" over ruder alternatives. He had a prodigious work ethic that had been...

    Hal Schaefer dies at 87; musician known for Marilyn Monroe liaison

    "The Real Reason for Marilyn Monroe's Divorce from Joe DiMaggio" read the headline on a 1955 Confidential magazine article that exposed a bumbling ambush involving the famous ballplayer and Frank Sinatra. The unlikely duo allegedly had tried to catch...

    Trombonist John Allred to perform at Valencia College

    Trombonist John Allred to perform at Valencia College
      Jazz trombonist John Allred, whose career includes work with such jazz greats as Harry Connick Jr., Wycliffe Gordon  and Woody Herman, will perform in a free concert at Valencia College’s Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3....