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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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  • 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...
  • What to hear at the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival

    What to hear at the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival
    Now that the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival is fully underway – having kicked off Thursday night at Millennium Park – Chicagoans can focus on figuring out what to catch this weekend. Following is an annotated guide to some of the most...
  • 34th Jazz Festival closes with victories and defeats

    34th Jazz Festival closes with victories and defeats
    Some of the best music of the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival played during its finale on Sunday night. But so did some of the worst. Several performances at the Petrillo Music Shell projected quite clearly from the acoustically challenged venue. But...
  • Remembering folk guitar great Doc Watson, 1923-2012

    Remembering folk guitar great Doc Watson, 1923-2012
    The folk music world is in mourning today with news of  Doc Watson's death. The North Carolina guitarist and singer died Tuesday in Winston-Salem. He was 89. As evidenced by the thousands who make the pilgrimage Wilkesboro, N.C., to attend Watson's...
  • Jason Moran takes on the myths of Fats Waller

    Jason Moran takes on the myths of Fats Waller
    If Fats Waller is remembered at all by the public at large these days, it's as a caricature, with bug-eyes wide open, cigarette dangling from lip and eyebrows perpetually bobbing underneath a derby hat as he hams it up at the keys. But connoisseurs...
  • Serenata de arroz con frijoles

    Todo empezó con un almuerzo de arroz con frijoles (o porotos, como los llaman en Paraguay). Berta Rojas, una destacada guitarrista clásica paraguaya, le envió tímidamente un e-mail a Paquito D'Rivera para indagar si éste escucharía su propuesta, y el...
  • 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-...
  • Review: A fascinating education in 'The Jazz Standards'

    Review: A fascinating education in 'The Jazz Standards'
    -------------------- The Jazz Standards A Guide to the Repertoire Ted Gioia 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,...
  • Wesleyan University Press Celebrates a Music Maverick

    Wesleyan University Press Celebrates a Music Maverick
    Always In Trouble An Oral History of ESP-Disk', The Most Outrageous Record Label in America by Jason Weiss, Wesleyan Univ. Press, 292 pages, $24.95 (paper), $11.99 eBook   While the music scene over the past half-century has been dominated by major...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Grammy Awards: Mumford & Sons takes best album, Gotye best record; Fun. wins big

    Grammy Awards: Mumford & Sons takes best album, Gotye best record; Fun. wins big
    Resilient youth was served at the 55th annual Grammy Awards Sunday, with relative newcomers such as Mumford & Sons, fun. and Gotye sweeping the major awards. The Black Keys also enjoyed a banner night. The Nashville-via-Ohio rock duo won three Grammys,...