| Jun 7, 2009
Though her 1968 debut album, Song to a Seagull, was no small feat of folk glory, it was by Joni Mitchells third and fourth releasesLadies of the Canyon and Bluethat her status as one of the most significant songwriters of her generation was cemented....
| Dec 27, 2009
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....
| Sep 30, 2009
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...
| Mar 15, 2009
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...
| Mar 14, 2009
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...
| Apr 1, 2009
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...
| Apr 2, 2009
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...
| Apr 6, 2009
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...
| Apr 12, 2009
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...
| Aug 18, 2010
| 2:22 PM
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...
| 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.