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  • PASSINGS: Lois Smith, John Tchicai

    PASSINGS: Lois Smith, John Tchicai
    Lois Smith Longtime celebrity publicist Lois Smith, 85, a longtime New York City publicist who worked with celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford and Martin Scorsese, died Sunday from a brain hemorrhage after taking a fall during a trip to...
  • Influences: Bass players Charlie Haden

     
    Alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman’s revolutionary quartet stood the jazz world on its head at the end of 1959. His vigorous and intense music was in continual motion: melodically, harmonically and rhythmically. With no piano providing a chordal...
  • Jazz picks stick to a middle octave

    Jazz picks stick to a middle octave
    In the can't-please-everybody proposition that is the Grammy Awards, it's difficult to find much fault in the Recording Academy's choice to again honor piano great Chick Corea with a best jazz instrumental album award. Still, as close as Corea and...
  • PASSINGS

    Carl Pursell Mich. GOP congressman Carl Pursell, 76, a Michigan Republican who served in the House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993, died of heart disease Thursday at his home in Plymouth, Mich. Pursell represented Michigan's lower peninsula,...
  • Album review: The Nels Cline Singers' 'Initiate'

     
    Nearly 10 years into leading the winkingly named instrumental trio the Nels Cline Singers, it's hard to imagine what fringe of jazz and improvised rock could be unearthed next by the local guitar hero who joined the boundary-pushing band Wilco......