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Indie-rock trio Fun. and R&B/hip-hop star Frank Ocean scored big in Grammy Award nominations, scoring six nods apiece mostly in the top Grammy categories. The Recording Academy announced the nominations Wednesday during a show in Nashville. The 55th...
As a jazz fan, you really have to savor the select moments of the Playboy Jazz Festival, which began its 34th installment Saturday at its longtime home, the Hollywood Bowl. Because as a stand-alone, multi-day barometer of the state of the music, the...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterBreaking 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...
It was the physical embodiment of rock's power and majesty — a wall of black, vinyl-clad cabinets, one atop the other, crowned with a rectangular box containing the innovative circuitry that revolutionized the music. This was the famed Marshall...
Pioneering rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, drummer, bandleader and disc jockey Johnny Otis made the kind of conscious life choice early on that few people have the inclination, or circumstance, to carry out. Born white, the son of Greek immigrant...
Bob Brookmeyer, a jazz trombonist, composer, arranger and educator whose multifaceted career reached from cutting-edge performances with Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz to innovative big band compositions and highly regarded classes at the New England...
Pete Rugolo, an award-winning composer and arranger who came to prominence in the world of jazz as the chief arranger for Stan Kenton's post-World War II band and later wrote the themes for TV's "The Fugitive" and "Run for Your Life," has died. He was 95....
Culture MonsterChick Corea, Sonny Rollins and L.A. great Gerald Wilson are among the nominees. Young pianist Gerald Clayton also receives a nod in a crowded instrumental album field....
Georgia Carroll Kyser, a fashion model in the 1930s and '40s who became an actress and a singer with her husband Kay Kyser's big band, died Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 91. The cause was not revealed. Born Nov. 18, 1919, in Blooming Grove, Texas,...
Brand XStart off your weekend with some class and culture at the close of the 2010 Jazz at LACMA season. The series of free concerts is closing out by bringing composer, arranger and bandleader John Altman and his world-renown big band in for a swinging set...
Culture MonsterThe big band era died when the Beatles arrived, everyone thought, but such groups are thriving all over town, notably at Vitelloâs, Vibrato, the Baked Potato and Catalinaâs, staffed by the proverbial fast guys from the studios. âThere's Ron Jones'.....
Culture MonsterThis post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Retaining a strong foothold in the annual Next Generation Jazz Festival, Los Angeles County high schools and universities nabbed top honors in five out of the eight major......
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