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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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  • Orbert Davis, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic swing into a new season

    Orbert Davis, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic swing into a new season
    No other orchestra in America looks, sounds or acts quite like Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. For though various bands play Third Stream repertoire — a term that loosely refers to jazz-meets-classical fare — the CJP immerses...
  • The unsinkable Melton Mustafa

    The unsinkable Melton Mustafa
    With a bounce in his step, Melton Mustafa strode onto the stage of Miami's Joseph Caleb Auditorium. The audience at September's Sunshine Jazz Organization's 25th anniversary gala cheered warmly, as the Liberty City-raised trumpeter and bandleader took his...
  • Kurt Elling rejuvenates his muse with adventurous set at City Winery

    Kurt Elling rejuvenates his muse with adventurous set at City Winery
    Singer Kurt Elling sounded as if he had awoken from a long, deep slumber Sunday evening at City Winery Chicago. The general torpor of his recordings of recent years, the blandness and anemia of past performances were cast aside for something far more...
  • Celebrating Billy Strayhorn with a three-day soiree

    Celebrating Billy Strayhorn with a three-day soiree
    The centennial of the inimitable jazz composer Billy Strayhorn doesn't come around until 2015, but, in a way, the festivities will begin this weekend in the Chicago area. A three-day Billy Strayhorn Jazz Festival organized by the Music Institute of...
  • Isn't Lemony Snicket for kids?

    Isn't Lemony Snicket for kids?
    Children in my neighborhood were constantly being orphaned. You go out one afternoon to play, and bam! Your parents are dead in a car accident and you are forced to live in a tree fort of your own making, eating blackberries and otherwise sharpening...
  • A family trait of making music

    A family trait of making music
    If conductor Jeffrey Kahane led the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with even more vim and vigor than usual during last weekend's concert at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, he had good reason. The program of new and familiar music on Saturday, April 21...
  • Artlandia: A cultural getaway in Portland

    Artlandia: A cultural getaway in Portland
    PORTLAND, Ore. — With a new Mark Rothko retrospective (and some even more eye-catching surprises) at the Portland Art Museum, Portland has plenty of visual-arts stimulation to offer — as well as music, dance, theater, literary happenings and...
  • Fairfield University Announces its 2012-2013 Arts Season

    Fairfield University Announces its 2012-2013 Arts Season
    Fairfield University has announced its 2012-2013 season, and it includes the usual wide array of events, from fine art exhibits and lectures to Grammy-winning musicians and dance troupes. As far as music goes, the Quick Center will host concerts by the...
  • On the Town: Dancing up a storm at the Ford

    On the Town: Dancing up a storm at the Ford
    While some had no choice but to stand due to a sell-out, standing-room-only house, even those with seats at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre took to their feet in a standing ovation following the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre’s “Dance in the...
  • Nonstop week of music surrounds Chicago Jazz Festival

    Nonstop week of music surrounds Chicago Jazz Festival
    Though the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival surely has its flaws, it generates tremendous energy and interest for America's greatest gift to the arts: jazz. The festival proper features major shows at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 31 at Pritzker...
  • Dance review: 'Dance in the USA' has hits and misses

    The Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre's presentation of “Dance in the USA” at the John Anson Ford Theatre on Aug. 17 was sometimes whimsical, other times inspiring and, a few times, a bit lackluster. However, overall, the Burbank dance company'...
  • The Valley Line: A summer of song and remembrance

    The Valley Line: A summer of song and remembrance
    Hallelujah, on Wednesday morning I awoke to a cool and refreshing beginning to the day. At last the oppressive heat wave we had been experiencing had broken. I know that our hot days are only at bay for a little while, but what a delight it was to...