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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. Jeffries died of heart failure Sunday at...
  • Grammy Awards: Mumford & Sons takes best album, Gotye best record; Fun. wins big

    Grammy Awards: Mumford & Sons takes best album, Gotye best record; Fun. wins big
    Resilient youth was served at the 55th annual Grammy Awards Sunday, with relative newcomers such as Mumford & Sons, fun. and Gotye sweeping the major awards. The Black Keys also enjoyed a banner night. The Nashville-via-Ohio rock duo won three Grammys,...
  • Dave Brubeck: A jazz icon who reached a massive audience

    Dave Brubeck: A jazz icon who reached a massive audience
    Dave Brubeck changed the sound of jazz in profound ways, unexpectedly becoming something of a pop star in the process. Starting in the mid-1950s, in fact, he emerged as a symbol of jazz in America, and well beyond, gracing the cover of Time magazine...
  • 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....
  • A peek into Prince's mind

    A peek into Prince's mind
    CHANHASSEN, Minn.— Prince is rolling his eyes. "The hardest thing with musicians," he explains to a visitor to his Paisley Park recording studio, "is getting them not to play." The quintuple-threat singer-songwriter-producer-performer-multi-...
  • Instrument museum a high note in Phoenix

    Instrument museum a high note in Phoenix
    PHOENIX — In less than three years, the Musical Instrument Museum has gained a reputation as a premier cultural destination in the Valley of the Sun, an area loaded with eclectic museums and galleries. No, you don't need to play an instrument to...
  • Isn't Lemony Snicket for kids?

    Isn't Lemony Snicket for kids?
    Children in my neighborhood were constantly being orphaned. You go out one afternoon to play, and bam! Your parents are dead in a car accident and you are forced to live in a tree fort of your own making, eating blackberries and otherwise sharpening...
  • Holiday Guide 2012: Dozens more concerts and 'Carols' for your Chicago December

    Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no avoiding the holidays, and that's true on local stages as well as the shopping malls. But even the Scroogiest of souls could find something to celebrate in the gifts of theater, dance, and music offered up this season by...