| Mar 6, 2012
Frank Marocco, a rare jazz accordionist, a first-call studio musician and one of the most recorded accordion players in the world, has died. He was 81.
Marocco died Saturday at his home in the San Fernando Valley, after having been hospitalized at...
| Feb 24, 2012
Mike Melvoin, a pianist/composer/arranger whose credits reach from Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys, and who was the first active musician to serve as national president of the Recording Academy, has died. He was 74.
| Nov 9, 2011
| 7:54 PM
Rapper and actor Heavy D, who played an influential role in shaping
rap music in the late '80s and early '90s with a fusion of New Jack Swing and reggae, has died. He was 44.
Heavy D, who was born Dwight Arrington Myers, died Tuesday in the...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 8:32 PM
Sam Rivers, a saxophonist and composer who helped define the avant-garde jazz scene in the 1960s and '70s, died of pneumonia Monday in Orlando, Fla. He was 88.
Rivers, whose legacy is defined by both his pioneering spirit in the post-bop jazz scene and a...
| Feb 13, 2012
| 11:18 AM
The Grammys cast aside their celebratory vibe Sunday to pay tribute to singer Whitney Houston, whose death over the weekend hung heavy over the 54th annual awards show.
Until Saturday, the pre-show drama had focused on Adele and how the six-time-...
| Dec 12, 2011
The suite at the Hotel Bel-Air where Bert Stern photographed Marilyn Monroe for her famous "Last Sitting" in 1962 no longer exists. It is now part of the elegant La Prairie Spa — rather apropos, as the often difficult star was well known for...
| Oct 13, 2010
| 10:39 AM
Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson
By Nelson George
Da Capo Press, 241 pages, $24
Michael Jackson is pop culture’s Rorshach text. The third member of pop’s Holy Trinity, according to Nelson George, Jackson attracts more variant...
| Sep 11, 2010
Reality TV star and singer Heidi Montag has been hiding out by the beach this summer at a Malibu place she rented for $25,000 a month, according to the Multiple Listing Service. But she moved on in late August, and the gated contemporary is back on the...
| Jan 2, 2011
It had been a long night — a concert, a reunion with an old friend, a midnight meal — but as the clock ticked past 2 a.m. Quincy Jones sat in a rare state of silence in his estate at the very top of Bel-Air. The man they call Q nodded at the...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 2:17 PM
Can you do a play about an invisible man? About an African-American whom others simply refuse to see? Ralph Ellison, it seems fair to surmise, thought probably not. Not well, anyway. Not something that would do justice to the moment, shortly after the end...
| Oct 31, 2010
From onstage at the 32nd Carousel of Hope, emcee Jay Leno surveyed the crowd before him, describing the gala as one where "the audience is more famous than you."
The Oct. 23 affair at the Beverly Hilton had no shortage of star-power onstage or off. Tom...