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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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  • Album boasts an infectious rhythm

    Music, in addition to just sounding pleasant, has the ability to enhance everyday experiences. It can often bring you to tears in the wake of some tragedy, or help you celebrate the joys and triumphs of life. Sometimes, though, music is at its most...
  • 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...
  • The 1930s: Tourists arrive and the population doubles, despite hardships

    The busted land boom gave Fort Lauderdale an early taste of the Great Depression years before the rest of the country experienced it. But the city's main draw, its waterways, proved an economic lifeline. While not yet a regular port of call for passenger...
  • Book Review: 'Otherwise Known as the Human Condition' by Geoff Dyer

    Book Review: 'Otherwise Known as the Human Condition' by Geoff Dyer
    Otherwise Known as the Human Condition Selected Essays and Reviews Geoff Dyer Graywolf: 422 pp., $18 paper "Almost as soon as I began writing for magazines and newspapers," Geoff Dyer tells us in the introduction to "Otherwise Known as the Human...
  • 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 —...
  • Pianist Randy Weston performs with his African Rhythms Quintet at the Artists Collective on Saturday

    Pianist Randy Weston performs with his African Rhythms Quintet at the Artists Collective on Saturday
    Randy Weston is the kind of artist you have to dig for. His music is real insider stuff, the sort you'd grab from a record store bin because the cover looked cool or because someone much hipper than you dropped his name. Thanks to YouTube, you can view...
  • 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...
  • Excitement, writing and children

    People often ask me what I write about in my first-Sunday-of-the-month-Lifestyle column. "Anything I darn well please," I answer. It's true. I appreciate the freedom editors give me. I've got a list of  "evergreens" — topics that work any...
  • The Third Man: New England native Ran Blake releases his first-ever live album

    The Third Man: New England native Ran Blake releases his first-ever live album
    There are any number of interesting things to talk about in pianist Ran Blake's music, but there's one passage in particular that caught my ear while I was listening to his new CD, Grey December: Live in Rome, released last week on Tompkins Square...
  • 'The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in its Place' by Hill Harper

    'The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in its Place' by Hill Harper
    While reading "The Wealth Cure," a colleague glanced at the cover and said, "When you find out the cure, let me know." Too many of us think we don't have the ability to better identify how to spend our money, but in Hill Harper's latest book he gives...