| Mar 13, 2014
| 8:53 AM
Fred Kaz, the legendary music director of The Second City and the longest-running performer of the comedy theater, died on Wednesday at the age of 80. Here are some remembrances of him.
"Ah, 'Captain' Fred Kaz has sailed his final...
| Mar 18, 2014
On a quiet Tuesday evening in January, a familiar face walked into Palm Beach's Café L'Europe and grabbed a table next to David Crohan, the restaurant's house pianist. He heard patrons whispering the unexpected guest's name: Billy Joel.
So Crohan, who...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Producer Saul Zaentz, who won best picture Oscars for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Amadeus" and "The English Patient," died Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was 92 and had been suffering from Alzheimer's.
The entrepreneurial and famously...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 4:22 AM
Improvisational jazz great Keith Jarrett, who the National Endowment for the Arts' 2014 Jazz Masters Award this week, in his acceptance speech credited his success to his Allentown upbringing and piano instruction. Keith Jarrett at the winner's podium...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 1:49 PM
The wigging cat with the far-out wail, Dave Brubeck, died a year ago today.
Brubeck was the man behind the first million-selling jazz record, "Time Out," in 1959. He created buzz on the jazz circuit (thus Time's "wigging cat" description) and left a...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 4:36 PM
It's rare for a symphony conductor to be passionate about bringing jazz to young people. But Rachael Worby is a rarity just for being a female conductor. She is artistic director of Mus/ique, a live series that stages music in unlikely settings. True to...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 3:18 PM
Dave Brubeck changed the sound of jazz in profound ways, unexpectedly becoming something of a pop star in the process.
Starting in the mid-1950s, in fact, he emerged as a symbol of jazz in America, and well beyond, gracing the cover of Time magazine...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 1:46 PM
I'm a big Dave Brubeck fan. I say am, not was, because his music lives on in my collection. He and Ramsey Lewis turned me on to jazz when I was a teenager with "Take Five" and "The In Crowd" and I've been turned on ever since. Many years ago, Dave...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 4:33 PM
In the strait-laced Eisenhower 1950s, Dave Brubeck seemed, on one hand, deeply conventional. He didn't drink, smoke or take drugs. He favored expressions like "baloney!" and "you bet" over ruder alternatives. He had a prodigious work ethic that had been...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 6:33 PM
Marian McPartland, a jazz pianist and composer whose radio show "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz" was National Public Radio's longest running and most widely carried jazz program, has died. She was 95.
McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 9:29 AM
On the face of it, it seems like a goofy idea: Recomposing Vivaldi's greatest hit – the ubiquitous "Four Seasons" – music almost everybody knows from its use in countless TV commercials and movie soundtracks, on elevators and over the phone...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 4:21 AM
Bandleader Christopher Dorsey is happy to be bringing the nationally renowned Dillard Center for the Arts jazz ensemble to the Hollywood ArtsPark for a free show on Sunday afternoon, saying it’s a venue that offers a unique outdoor experience for...