| Jan 4, 2013
| 9:46 PM
Choreographer Valery Tereshkin had a very long day ahead of him as he sat in a hotel lobby in Glendale this week. Just days before, his Russian Jazz Ballet had performed “Territory of Jazz” at the Alex Theatre, dancing to popular songs from...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 3:04 PM
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-...
| Jul 13, 2012
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...
| Jul 22, 2012
The Jazz Standards
A Guide to the Repertoire
Oxford University Press: 528 pp., $39.95
I like jazz but I don't know much about it. Or perhaps I should say that I know what I like. Duke Ellington,...
| Dec 30, 2012
| 9:12 AM
Frank Zappa probably would have been intrigued.
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra's brave, often brilliant, sometimes thrilling, somewhat flawed Zappa tribute at the Park West on Saturday night gave his music a spotlight it does not routinely receive in the...
| Dec 16, 2012
"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...
| Aug 26, 2012
| 7:00 AM
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'...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 10:59 PM
More than 150 students in four choral groups will present Aberdeen Central's Holiday Vocal Concert Tuesday night.Dec. 4
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas F. Kelly Theatre. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students K-12.
| Dec 5, 2012
| 3:18 PM
Dave Brubeck changed the sound of jazz in profound ways, unexpectedly becoming something of a pop star in the process.
Starting in the mid-1950s, in fact, he emerged as a symbol of jazz in America, and well beyond, gracing the cover of Time magazine...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 1:33 PM
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...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 10:47 AM
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...
| Aug 25, 2012
| 4:50 PM
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...