| Mar 31, 2010
| 4:24 AM
by Mark Silva Ever since Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France, spent his first summer vacation in office at a lake in New Hampshire, the French leader has been getting the royal treatment in followup visits to Washington. Former President George......
| Oct 5, 2010
| 7:17 PM
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.
| Apr 4, 2010
Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served presidents from Harry S. Truman through Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 90.
Allen died of renal failure Wednesday at a hospital in Takoma Park, Md., the Washington Post reported.
Allen, who was black,...
| Apr 24, 2010
Gene Lees, a jazz historian and critic known for his pugnacious, highly personal essays and biographies of such jazz greats as Oscar Peterson, Woody Herman and Johnny Mercer, died Thursday at his home in Ojai. He was 82.
Lees had struggled for many years...
| Feb 15, 2011
George Shearing, the elegant pianist who expanded the boundaries of jazz by adding an orchestral sensibility and a mellow aesthetic to the music, has died. He was 91.
Shearing died Monday of congestive heart failure at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York,...
| May 23, 2010
Home Alone With Classic Cinema
W.W. Norton: 416 pp., $18.95
Gary Giddins is well known for his writing about music — he was a Village Voice jazz columnist for three decades, and his books, among them the biography...
| Jul 2, 2010
Organizers of a new jazz series are looking "straight-ahead" to a successful summer.
The Summer Jazz at Newport series opens Wednesday at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa and will continue each week throughout the summer with accessible, classic...
| Mar 18, 2011
| 8:25 AM
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...
| Nov 5, 2010
| 5:04 PM
Robin Green was tired of cooling his heels. Six weeks of practicing his moves was enough. Robin was ready to strut his stuff.
So were the rest of the youngsters queued in the ballroom at the Marks Street Senior Recreation Complex in Orlando on Thursday...
| Nov 28, 2010
After a hard day at play on the local soundstages, some of the world's greatest musicians like to go out and play some more — for live audiences.
FOR THE RECORD:
L.A.-area big bands: An article in the Arts & Books section...
| Dec 10, 2010
✭✭ Various artists, "Christmas From the Blue Note" (Blue Note). This mixed-bag compilation too often sacrifices coherence for novelty and hipness. Self-conscious modernism subverts "Deck the Halls" by singer Kate Davis and saxophonist George...