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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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  • Jazz, Baby

    Jazz, Baby
    His magazine was approaching its fifth birthday, and Hugh Hefner wanted to celebrate in a big way. The founder of Playboy does not think small, so in August of 1959, he had George Wein—impresario of the Newport Jazz Festival—create a weekend of music....
  • Joni on Point

    Joni on Point
    Though her 1968 debut album, Song to a Seagull, was no small feat of folk glory, it was by Joni Mitchell’s third and fourth releases—Ladies of the Canyon and Blue—that her status as one of the most significant songwriters of her generation was cemented....
  • The 1930s: Tourists arrive and the population doubles, despite hardships

    The busted land boom gave Fort Lauderdale an early taste of the Great Depression years before the rest of the country experienced it. But the city's main draw, its waterways, proved an economic lifeline. While not yet a regular port of call for passenger...
  • Classic Hollywood: Marge Champion still has the dance moves

    Classic Hollywood: Marge Champion still has the dance moves
    During the late 1940s and throughout the '50s, there was no hotter dance team than Marge Champion and her second husband, Gower Champion. The diminutive Marge and the tall, lanky Gower waltzed across the stages of nightclubs and theaters and starred on...
  • Mark O'Connor, genre fiddler

    Mark O'Connor, genre fiddler
    Mark O'Connor sat in the small theater at UCLA as three earnest young music students -- a violinist, a cellist and a pianist -- determinedly worked through one movement of his Piano Trio No. 1, a piece commissioned and recorded by the Eroica Trio, one...
  • Raul Malo sings meltingly

    Raul Malo sings meltingly
    In the midst of what essentially was a dance party Thursday night at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, singer Raul Malo set down the twangy guitar he'd been strumming joyfully for an hour, dismissed the members of his five-piece band -- except for...
  • How song, dance and movies bailed us out of the Depression

    Many were surprised that the final stimulus legislation signed by President Obama preserved a $50-million increase in arts funding that had been the subject of a heated battle in Congress. Though it amounted to only a tiny fraction of the measure's...
  • Duke Ellington festival at UCLA has got that swing

    Duke Ellington festival at UCLA has got that swing
    When it comes to describing Duke Ellington, it's easy to run out of superlatives. One of the defining figures of American music? Sure, with a 50-year career that includes standards such as "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" and "In a...
  • Paris' Quai Branly Museum celebrates 'Jazz Century'

    Paris' Quai Branly Museum celebrates 'Jazz Century'
    Bump Picasso. Forget Rococo. The Quai Branly Museum, a steel-and-glass palace on the Seine River, has news for the culture world: "Three Little Bops" is art. The Looney Tunes cartoon from 1957 retells the Three Little Pigs as a jazz fable with music by...
  • Galveston, Texas, tries to rebound after Hurricane Ike

    Here's a snapshot taken on a recent weekday morning in Galveston, Texas. Tanned surfers ride breaking waves. Souvenir hunters stroll past roadside shops. Sightseers pedal rented bicycles on the shoulder of Seawall Boulevard while hungry vacationers...
  • Alex Steinweiss: The father of album cover art

    Alex Steinweiss: The father of album cover art
    You know you've reached a career pinnacle when an award is named after you. So it was only fitting that the Alex Award, created for excellence in entertainment package design, was named after Alex Steinweiss, the father of modern-day album covers....