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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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  • Appreciation: Pianist Dave Brubeck's gift for timing endures

     Appreciation: Pianist Dave Brubeck's gift for timing endures
    When thinking about Dave Brubeck, you can't help but also consider time, and not just how much of it fans received from the prolific jazz pianist up to his death Wednesday at age 91. A titan of West Coast jazz, Brubeck was linked with California for...
  • Jazz great Dave Brubeck dies at 91

    The jazz artist Dave Brubeck died Wednesday at 91, according to his manager, Russell Gloyd. He died of cardiac arrest one day short of his 92nd birthday in Norwalk, Conn. The pianist and arranger, born in Concord, Calif., was one of jazz's first pop...
  • Our Picks: Shows at Fairfield University's Quick Center

    Our Picks: Shows at Fairfield University's Quick Center
    Fairfield University has got a couple of interesting shows happening at the Quick Center this week. First, on Friday, FU music program director Brian Torff leads a band of jazz professors (called the Jazz Professors) in a fresh interpretation of Duke...
  • 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...
  • Trombonist John Allred to perform at Valencia College

    Trombonist John Allred to perform at Valencia College
      Jazz trombonist John Allred, whose career includes work with such jazz greats as Harry Connick Jr., Wycliffe Gordon  and Woody Herman, will perform in a free concert at Valencia College’s Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Black jazz, Jewish prayers at upcoming concert

    Black jazz, Jewish prayers at upcoming concert
    Get Jewish cantors to huddle with Duke Ellington and Louie Armstrong. What would they come up with? Maybe something like "Jazz Wisdom Spirit," a concert planned for Sept. 9 in Delray Beach. Created by a rabbi and a music professor, the concert will set...
  • '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...
  • Maria Cole dies at 89; singer was widow of Nat King Cole

    Maria Cole, the widow of music legend Nat King Cole and the mother of singer Natalie Cole whose own singing career included a stint as vocalist for Duke Ellington's orchestra in the mid-1940s, has died. She was 89. Cole died Tuesday at a hospice in...
  • Wynton Marsalis swings for the fences

    Wynton Marsalis swings for the fences
    Wynton Marsalis is explaining jazz to me by talking about my boots. He is coming to Walt Disney Concert Hall this weekend to play his ambitious new composition, "Swing Symphony," with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But before we get into musical details,...