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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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  • 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....
  • Frank Sinatra Jr. to perform at Newport Beach Jazz Party

    The talented son of the Chairman of the Board headlines the Newport Beach Jazz Party — dubbed "From Ellington to Sinatra" — this President's Day weekend. Frank Sinatra Jr. and a 20-piece band are scheduled to perform 10:05 p.m. Sunday as...
  • The Valley Line: Orchestra brings the heat

    The Valley Line: Orchestra brings the heat
    For all of you summer lovers, at last you have been able to revel in the heat. The beginning of the week was exactly as August should be — HOT! Last Saturday night a sliver of a moon shone brightly with the planet Jupiter twinkling nearby, when...
  • Mesa Musings: The day martial music died at OCC

    He always referred to me as James, never Jim. The only person to call me that was my mother. Whenever I was in big trouble, she used "James" in combination with my middle name. His demeanor was aloof and formal, somewhat unusual for a jazz artist. He...