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  • Winter jazz preview: From Dianne Reeves to Sonny Rollins, a hot lineup

    Winter jazz preview: From Dianne Reeves to Sonny Rollins, a hot lineup
    A buoyant winter season ahead includes: "Shadowgraph: Octets by Franz Schubert and George Lewis": The innovative thinkers at the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) perform major works by masters from two centuries and genres. The repertoire...
  • Etta James dies at 73; acclaimed blues and R&B singer

    Etta James dies at 73; acclaimed blues and R&B singer
    Etta James, the earthy blues and R&B singer whose anguished vocals convinced generations of listeners that she would rather go blind than see her love leave, then communicated her joy upon finding that love at last, died Friday. She was 73. She died at...
  • Dobie Gray dies at 71; singer later became a songwriter

    Dobie Gray dies at 71; singer later became a songwriter
    Dobie Gray, a smooth balladeer and soul singer who scored his biggest hit in the early 1970s with "Drift Away," has died. He was 71. Gray, who had cancer, died Tuesday at his Nashville home, said Charlie Andrews, his attorney. Before he adopted the name...
  • "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" by Isabel Wilkerson

    "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" by Isabel Wilkerson
    "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" By Isabel Wilkerson Random House, $30.00, 620 pages   Warmth In the spring of 1941photographer Russell Lee spent several days documenting African-American life on Chicago’s...
  • Southern California Close-Ups: Going Hollywood

    Southern California Close-Ups: Going Hollywood
    Pity the rubes. Those wayward tourists who dawdle in their cars and tour buses along Beachwood Drive, enraging the locals as they haltingly seek that perfect Hollywood sign photo op — they know not what they do. Maybe you're not from this...
  • 10 micro-itineraries for inland Orange County

    10 micro-itineraries for inland Orange County
    South of Los Angeles and north of San Diego lies an intermittently magical 789-square-mile realm where freeways hum and Disneyland flourishes, where immigrants remake old communities as new ones ripple across the hills. Many outsiders treat this place...
  • Jerry Leiber dies at 78; lyricist in songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller

    Jerry Leiber dies at 78; lyricist in songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller
    Jerry Leiber, who with his songwriting partner, Mike Stoller, created a songbook that infused the rock 'n' roll scene of the 1950s and early '60s with energy and mischievous humor, has died. He was 78. Leiber, the words half of the duo, died Monday at...
  • Gene McDaniels dies at 76; pop singer and songwriter

    Gene McDaniels dies at 76; pop singer and songwriter
    Gene McDaniels, who emerged as a pop singing star in the early 1960s with hits such as "A Hundred Pounds of Clay" and "Tower of Strength" and a decade later wrote Roberta Flack's No. 1 hit "Feel Like Makin' Love," has died. He was 76. McDaniels, whose...
  • Ken Phebus dies at 64; veteran talent buyer

    Ken Phebus dies at 64; veteran talent buyer
    Shortly after being hired about a decade ago to up the ante of musical talent offered at the Orange County Fair's summer concert series in Costa Mesa, veteran talent buyer Ken Phebus rolled out his schedule for the fair's board. But one of the...
  • Album review: Jimmie Vaughan, 'Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites'

    Album review: Jimmie Vaughan, 'Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites'
    3 stars (out of 4) Jimmie Vaughan’s late, younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan cut a wide swath with his expansive style and blues-drenched attack. Jimmie Vaughan, in contrast, is all about taut, wiry economy. Virtually everything he's recorded has...
  • Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford: Their greatest hits

    The songwriting world lost two titans Monday when Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber died within hours of each other. Ashford, 70, cowrote a string of hits with his wife, Valerie Simpson, that helped define soul, R&B and funk in the ‘60s, ‘70s and...
  • Concert review: Bonnie Raitt at Chicago Theatre

    Concert review: Bonnie Raitt at Chicago Theatre
    Bonnie Raitt claimed she was “intimidated” by the Chicago Theatre, but that hardly seemed the case Saturday in the first of two sold-out concerts at the Loop landmark. Raitt’s wisecracks, several at her own expense, and genial banter...