| Oct 5, 2010
| 7:17 PM
He always referred to me as James, never Jim.
The only person to call me that was my mother. Whenever I was in big trouble, she used "James" in combination with my middle name.
His demeanor was aloof and formal, somewhat unusual for a jazz artist.
| Apr 24, 2010
Gene Lees, a jazz historian and critic known for his pugnacious, highly personal essays and biographies of such jazz greats as Oscar Peterson, Woody Herman and Johnny Mercer, died Thursday at his home in Ojai. He was 82.
Lees had struggled for many years...
| Feb 16, 2010
Jake Hanna, a versatile drummer who played with such jazz figures as Woody Herman and was a longtime member of the band on Merv Griffin's television show, has died. He was 78.
Hanna died Friday at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center of...
| Apr 28, 2011
| 1:30 AM
On Saturday night, the Ward Hotel's Grand Ballroom will be filled with two full big bands, two small groups, music and swirling dancers as part of Northern State University's Big Band Swing Dance.
Northern's big band and instrumental and vocal combos...
| Dec 4, 2011
The Friday night jazz series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art draws a large and varied crowd. Some are there to hear the music and some — as Duke Ellington observed about the clientele of Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club — to...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 3:21 PM
What do Charo, Gallager (the watermelon-smashing comedian), Mohammed Bello Adoke (the Nigerian Minister of Health), Mario Cuomo, Henry Mancini, Bob Hope, Joe Namath, Willem Dafoe, Lynn Swan, Myron Cope, Franco Harris, the Kingston Trio, Woody Herman, Phil...
| Oct 15, 2011
Former Glendale mayor and TV, radio host
Larry Zarian, 73, a former mayor of Glendale and the first Armenian American to be elected to the City Council, died of blood cancer Thursday at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
Zarian also served...
| Oct 16, 2011
Howard H 'Tim' Hays
Former Press-Enterprise editor, publisher
Howard H "Tim" Hays, 94, a former editor and publisher of the Press-Enterprise who led the Riverside newspaper when it won a Pulitzer Prize for an expose in the 1960s and won two landmark U....
| Feb 9, 2009
Blossom Dearie, the singer and songwriter whose sweet soprano voice, harmonically innovative piano stylings and sophisticated performances made her a popular attraction in jazz and cabaret for nearly half a century, has died. She was 82.
| Feb 17, 2009
Louie Bellson, a jazz drummer and bandleader who combined remarkable instrumental virtuosity with far-ranging compositional skills, has died. He was 84.
According to his wife, Francine, Bellson died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los...
| Nov 8, 2009
Stacy Rowles, a jazz trumpet and fluegelhorn player and vocalist who was the daughter of pianist and composer Jimmy Rowles, has died. She was 54.
Rowles died Tuesday at her home in Burbank of complications after a car accident, said her sister, Stephanie...
| Jun 15, 2009
| 9:56 PM
Jack Nimitz, a jazz baritone saxophonist who played in the Woody Herman and Stan Kenton big bands and in the group "Supersax," died Wednesday of complications from emphysema at his home in Studio City. He was 79.
Born in Washington, D.C., in 1930, Nimitz...