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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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  • Jim Roberts

    Jim Roberts
    Jim (Little Shiner) Roberts, 76 of Costa Mesa, CA passed away sleeping peacefully in his favorite chair on March 12, 2011 at his home in Costa Mesa, CA. Jim was born on August 27, 1934 in Utah to parents Lillian and Boyd Roberts. He graduated from Newport...
  • Critic's Notebook: Who really owns Gershwin?

    Critic's Notebook: Who really owns Gershwin?
    "Who says that only Americans know how to play Gershwin?" asks Gramophone magazine this month as it hails a new Gershwin CD from the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the German orchestra that calls itself the world's oldest. "By this time possibly nobody," the British...
  • Library of Congress builds the record collection of the century

    Library of Congress builds the record collection of the century
    About an hour south of Washington, D.C., deep beneath rolling hills near the verdant Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, lies a storehouse filled with bounty. At one time, during the Cold War, that treasure was cash — about $3-billion worth —...
  • Bob Flanigan dies at 84; founding member of the Four Freshmen

    Bob Flanigan dies at 84; founding member of the Four Freshmen
    Bob Flanigan, a founding member and original lead singer of the innovative vocal group the Four Freshmen, whose elegantly intricate jazz-rooted singing was a profound influence on Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson as well as the Lettermen, the...
  • Alan Rubin dies at 68; Blues Brothers trumpeter

    Alan Rubin dies at 68; Blues Brothers trumpeter
    Trumpet player Alan Rubin was recruited to join the Blues Brothers after backing up John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the "Saturday Night Live" television skits that spawned the band in the late 1970s. One of many gifted session musicians in the group,...
  • He put the 'wah' in rock 'n' roll

    He put the 'wah' in rock 'n' roll
    You've probably seen Del Casher, sporting a yachtsman's cap as he cruises around town in his fire-engine-red sedan, and never given him a second look. But the 73-year-old musician, who operates a sound studio on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, is one of...
  • Historical home studio

    Historical home studio
    Like most professional musicians these days, singer-songwriter-guitarist Joe Henry has a home studio where he produces records for himself as well as other artists, which — unlike most at-home recordings — include recent Grammy-winning...
  • Jazz great's legacy preserved on Brand

    Jazz great's legacy preserved on Brand
    The Friday night jazz series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art draws a large and varied crowd. Some are there to hear the music and some — as Duke Ellington observed about the clientele of Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club — to...
  • Clarence Clemons tribute concert in Norfolk will feature E Street Band members, Southside Johnny, Gary U.S. Bonds

    Clarence Clemons tribute concert in Norfolk will feature E Street Band members, Southside Johnny, Gary U.S. Bonds
    As reported this morning by Daily Press staffer and Bruce Springsteen enthusiast Mike Holtzclaw, Norfolk in January will host a pair of events paying tribute to the late sax player Clarence Clemons. Clemons, a key member of Springsteen's E Street Band...
  • The Valley Line: Bits, bows and bites from around town

    “Old Glory” was flying high and so beautiful, adorning many yards in our city. It was a great Fourth of July celebration for many people I’ve talked with. I had a lovely time with friends who live in the La Vinia neighborhood. We...
  • On Theater: There's plenty of heart in classy Bennett tribute

    On Theater: There's plenty of heart in classy Bennett tribute
    Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco a half-century ago, but the rest of him is still going strong as he approaches his 85th birthday next month. The man famously labeled Frank Sinatra's favorite singer isn't in evidence at the Laguna...