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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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  • Jazz clubs, where musicians play for fun

    Jazz clubs, where musicians play for fun
    After a hard day at play on the local soundstages, some of the world's greatest musicians like to go out and play some more — for live audiences. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: L.A.-area big bands: An article in the Arts & Books section...
  • Gene and Dean Ween bring virtuosity and humor to live shows

    Gene and Dean Ween bring virtuosity and humor to live shows
    It is 1984, in an eighth grade typing class in rural New Hope, Pa. Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman are ignoring the lesson, preferring instead to reflect upon the inherent merits of the Beatles, Prince and Syd Barrett. This discussion later results in...
  • Disneyland princesses moving into new Fantasy Faire village in 2013

    Disneyland princesses moving into new Fantasy Faire village in 2013
    Breaking a wicked stepmother's curse, Disneyland's fairytale princesses will be whisked away from their crowded one-room temporary home in 2013 and magically transported to a spacious new storybook village more befitting of their royal lineage. Blame...
  • SteelStacks' ArtsQuest Center to add cabaret to cafe

     
    The ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem has a café – its headline Musikfest Café venue. Now, it will have a cabaret. Actress and singer Lynnie Godfrey will perform tunes from the Great American Songbook in a new monthly series, “An Evening......
  • On Location: L.A. movie palaces still matter to film industry

     
    Movie palaces: The opulent movie palaces and vaudeville halls of downtown Los Angeles may be monuments to a bygone era, but they are still keeping their ties to Hollywood....
  • Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West at Staples Center

     
    Rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West performed the first of three "Watch the Throne" concerts at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts was there to review....
  • Re-creating Fela Kuti's Nigerian club at the Troubadour

     
    Kuti's jazz-funk will get a workout at the Troubadour. “Fela!,” the unconventional Tony Award-winning musical now playing at the Ahmanson Theatre, does a remarkable job re-creating a night at the late Nigerian Afrobeat icon Fela Anikulapo...
  • Influences: Pianist (and NPR host) Christopher O'Riley

     
    Christopher O’Riley, classical pianist and host of National Public Radio’s show “From the Top,” will be joined by cellist Matt Haimovitz at Cerritos Center. Here, Christopher O’Riley shares some of his influences....
  • 'Fela!' band: Great Afropop music -- and a few questions raised

     
    The onstage band for the 'Fela!' musical in Los Angeles includes no black musicians. The production about the life and music of Afropop star Fela Kuti uses a multicultural group of Anglo, Latino and Asian players....
  • PST, A to Z: ‘Civic Virtue’ at LA Municipal Art Gallery and Watts Towers Arts Center

     
    Pacific Standard Time will explore the origins of the Los Angeles art world through museum exhibitions throughout Southern California over the next six months. Times art reviewer Sharon Mizota has set the goal of seeing all of them. This is......
  • Pacific Symphony season to star Lang Lang and honor Ellington

     
    Pianists Lang Lang and Andre Watts and cellist Alisa Weilerstein are key soloists for the Pacific Symphony's 2012-13 season. The annual American Composers Festival will focus on the music of Duke Ellington....
  • Obamas attend groundbreaking for African American history museum

     
    The Smithsonian Institution officially broke ground this morning on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, slated to open in 2015....