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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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  • Classically Trained: For first time in decades, Chicago Symphony coming to O.C.

    Next week's classical lineup features music in a much-lauded concert hall and music played by America's (arguably) greatest orchestra. A chamber group comprised of musicians from the Pacific Symphony will be performing at Soka University's wonderful...
  • 'The Dead All Have the Same Skin' by Boris Vian

    'The Dead All Have the Same Skin' by Boris Vian
    The Dead All Have the Same Skin A Novel Boris Vian, translated from the French by Paul Knobloch TamTam Books: 120 pp., $18 paper Imagine an intellectual, astutely French, who hangs out with the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre, has a child's sense of humor...
  • Louie Bellson dies at 84; Duke Ellington called him 'the world's greatest drummer'

    Louie Bellson, a jazz drummer and bandleader who combined remarkable instrumental virtuosity with far-ranging compositional skills, has died. He was 84. According to his wife, Francine, Bellson died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los...
  • Alex Steinweiss: The father of album cover art

    Alex Steinweiss: The father of album cover art
    You know you've reached a career pinnacle when an award is named after you. So it was only fitting that the Alex Award, created for excellence in entertainment package design, was named after Alex Steinweiss, the father of modern-day album covers....
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic gala at Disney Hall

    Los Angeles Philharmonic gala at Disney Hall
    Pierre Boulez once infamously called for burning down opera houses as a way of beginning all over again with what seemed, to progressives in the 1950s, a moribund art form. He, of course, kept his matches in his pocket. Thursday night during a Los...
  • Dale Wasserman dies at 94; playwright best known for 'Man of La Mancha'

    Dale Wasserman, a playwright best known for writing the book for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Man of La Mancha" and the stage version of Ken Kesey's novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," has died. He was 94. Wasserman died Sunday of...
  • The accordion holds a lofty place

    The accordion holds a lofty place
    MOST people think of the accordion, if they think of it at all, as a social instrument, wheezing out polkas and folk tunes. The sound of it brings to mind French cafes, Mexican plazas, German beer gardens, Argentine nightclubs. Nick Ariondo, perhaps the...
  • Eugene Allen dies at 90; White House butler from Truman through Reagan

    Eugene Allen dies at 90; White House butler from Truman through Reagan
    Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served presidents from Harry S. Truman through Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 90. Allen died of renal failure Wednesday at a hospital in Takoma Park, Md., the Washington Post reported. Allen, who was black,...
  • Book Review: 'Warning Shadows' by Gary Giddins

    Book Review: 'Warning Shadows' by Gary Giddins
    Warning Shadows Home Alone With Classic Cinema Gary Giddins W.W. Norton: 416 pp., $18.95 Gary Giddins is well known for his writing about music — he was a Village Voice jazz columnist for three decades, and his books, among them the biography...
  • Ernest 'Brownie' Brown dies at 93; part of Cook and Brown tap dancing duo

    Ernest 'Brownie' Brown dies at 93; part of Cook and Brown tap dancing duo
    Ernest "Brownie" Brown, a legendary tap dancer who was part of the Cook and Brown duo and the traveling Copasetics dance troupe, has died in suburban Chicago. He was 93. Brown died Friday at a nursing home in Burbank, Ill., according to Scott Stearns,...
  • PASSINGS: Pamela Blake, Ben Ali

    Pamela Blake Actress in action serials Pamela Blake, 94, a B-movie actress known for her roles in such late 1940s action serials as "Chick Carter, Detective" and "Ghost of Zorro," died of natural causes Tuesday at a Las Vegas care facility, her family...
  • Roy DeCarava dies at 89; art photographer depicted the African American experience

    Roy DeCarava dies at 89; art photographer depicted the African American experience
    Roy DeCarava, an art photographer whose pictures of everyday life in Harlem helped clarify the African American experience for a wider audience, has died. He was 89. He died Tuesday in New York City, his daughter Wendy DeCarava said. The cause was not...