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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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  • Opera star Denyce Graves joins Peabody Conservatory faculty

    Opera star Denyce Graves joins Peabody Conservatory faculty
    In terms of talent, glamour and wide appeal, few opera singers today rank as high as mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. No wonder there's quite a buzz at the Peabody Conservatory, where Graves will join the voice faculty in the fall. People are still talking...
  • Babe Ruth, Elkton and the Battle of Waterloo

    A recent article about the declining marriage business in Elkton suggested there was an "unconfirmed" report that Babe Ruth had been married there ("Wedding chapel and amenities for sale in Elkton," Dec. 28). Such reports are not only unconfirmed, they...
  • Herb Jeffries dies at 100; Hollywood's first black singing cowboy

    Herb Jeffries dies at 100; Hollywood's first black singing cowboy
    Herb Jeffries, who sang with the Duke Ellington Orchestra during the Swing Era and made movie history in the 1930s as "The Bronze Buckaroo," the silver screen's first black singing cowboy, has died. He was 100. Jeffries died of heart failure Sunday at...
  • Holiday Guide 2012: Dozens more concerts and 'Carols' for your Chicago December

    Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no avoiding the holidays, and that's true on local stages as well as the shopping malls. But even the Scroogiest of souls could find something to celebrate in the gifts of theater, dance, and music offered up this season by...
  • Dave Brubeck dies at 91; jazz legend

    Dave Brubeck dies at 91; jazz legend
    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...
  • Hal Schaefer dies at 87; musician known for Marilyn Monroe liaison

    Hal Schaefer dies at 87; musician known for Marilyn Monroe liaison
    "The Real Reason for Marilyn Monroe's Divorce from Joe DiMaggio" read the headline on a 1955 Confidential magazine article that exposed a bumbling ambush involving the famous ballplayer and Frank Sinatra. The unlikely duo allegedly had tried to catch...
  • New York Fashion Week fall 2013: Kimberly Ovitz

    New York Fashion Week fall 2013: Kimberly Ovitz
    NEW YORK -- Kimberly Ovitz, the daughter of Hollywood power player Michael Ovitz, showed her fall-winter 2013 collection Thursday afternoon at New York Fashion Week. The setting was the now-vacant Cafe Rouge, site of historic performances by such jazz...
  • A peek into Prince's mind

    A peek into Prince's mind
    CHANHASSEN, Minn.— Prince is rolling his eyes. "The hardest thing with musicians," he explains to a visitor to his Paisley Park recording studio, "is getting them not to play." The quintuple-threat singer-songwriter-producer-performer-multi-...
  • Museum of Music introduces kids to classical music with puppets

     
    Eight large puppet, representing musicians such as classical composer Johann Sebastian Bach and Johannes Brahms, will come to life Saturday in a program created by the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra and Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre. The “Museum...
  • Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week

     
    Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week 1. OWL CITY Owl City (real name Adam Young) created his first two albums by writing, playing, singing, engineered, mixing and producing “pretty much everything” himself. That brought success — his 2009...
  • Detroit Jazz Festival lines up a star billing — for free

     Detroit Jazz Festival lines up a star billing — for free
    If you love a gratis groove, you may want to hit Motown for Labor Day. Though the Detroit Jazz Festival has concerts year-round, the main event happens over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Now in its 33rd year, the Detroit Jazz Festival is the...
  • Jazz guide riffs on classics

    Jazz guide riffs on classics
    I like jazz, but I don't know much about it. Or perhaps I should say that I know what I like. Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith and Benny Goodman, yes, but my appreciation really kicks in with the beboppers, Monk and Bird and Dizzy, and their spiritual...