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  • Review: Steve Turre's moving tribute to Trayvon Martin

    Review: Steve Turre's moving tribute to Trayvon Martin
    The most gripping moments in trombonist Steve Turre's opening set Thursday night at the Jazz Showcase came near the end, when he unveiled a new work with a sharp social message.
  • PASSINGS: Lee Thompson Young, Amy Wallace, Cedar Walton

    PASSINGS: Lee Thompson Young, Amy Wallace, Cedar Walton
    Lee Thompson Young Star of '90s 'Famous Jett Jackson' series Lee Thompson Young, 29, an actor best known for playing the lead role in the 1990s Disney Channel series "The Famous Jett Jackson," was found dead Monday morning at his home in North...

    Eye doctor has a SoCal jazz presence

    Eye doctor has a SoCal jazz presence
    Walk into the Highland Park office of optometrist Dr. Elliott Caine and you'll see framed photographs of jazz greats of the Blue Note Records era on the walls. The doctor also swings, as he will do at Colombo's Steakhouse in Eagle Rock on Friday. It's...

    Bob Brookmeyer dies at 81; jazz trombonist, composer

    Bob Brookmeyer dies at 81; jazz trombonist, composer
    Bob Brookmeyer, a jazz trombonist, composer, arranger and educator whose multifaceted career reached from cutting-edge performances with Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz to innovative big band compositions and highly regarded classes at the New England...

    Chicago camp teaches kids Blues 101

    Chicago camp teaches kids Blues 101
    If you didn’t know better, you’d think Lady Gaga was in the house and the kids were piling in to catch a glance.     But these kids are different. Sure, they’ve got guitars strapped over their shoulders and anticipation in their eyes....