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Last May, during a conference on "Race, Gender & the Blues" at Dominican University, the master harmonica player Sugar Blue addressed the theme in an impassioned, unforgettable soliloquy. Lamenting that blues increasingly has been expropriated by white...
Until three weeks ago, no jazz club owner ever had been selected to receive the country's pre-eminent jazz honor: the National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Masters Fellowship, which carries with it $25,000 and considerable prestige. Anyone who follows...
Revered around the world but never a major star, worshipped by critics and connoisseurs but perpetually strapped for cash, the towering Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman practically went out of his way to avoid commercial success. When trumpeter Miles...
Tags: Howard Reich, Billy Eckstine, Theater, Heart Failure, Culture
email@example.comLouis Armstrong once said, “Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.” Jazz legends and old friends Ben Tucker and Lou Donaldson still have the music in them. That’s why the octogenarians are...
Tags: Billy Eckstine, College Sports, U.S. Navy, Charlie Parker, Music
Lehigh Valley MusicPhil Woods did not play as many notes Thursday night, during his performance in Easton, as he did during his days with Benny Goodman and Dizzy Gillespie. But the notes that he played with pupils, Nelson Hill and Jay Rattman, were precise punches....
One of the best jazz re-issues from last year was Columbia/Legacy's Live in Europe 1967, a 3-CD/DVD package that captured Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet — Davis, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter and...
Tribune arts criticThey rank among the world's most iconic images of jazz: Louis Armstrong lost in a reverie; Duke Ellington bathed in a beam of white light; Ella Fitzgerald caught up in a song, a bead of sweat rolling down her cheek. Stored for more than a decade in...
NEW YORK -- Think of Norah Jones as the anti-Mariah. In an age of pop divas, Jones sings with absorbing intimacy and seems refreshingly unaffected by the hoopla around her. On the day her debut album picked up eight Grammy nominations, the petite,...
Tags: Career and Workplace, Gramercy, Whitney Houston, Theater, Family
denotes winner Performance by an actor in a leading role Dexter Gordon as Dale Turner in 'ROUND MIDNIGHT Irwin Winkler Production; Warner Bros. Bob Hoskins as George in MONA LISA Palace/HandMade Production; Island Pictures William Hurt as James in...
Tribune arts criticDizzy Gillespie famously observed that the bass stands as the most important instrument in a jazz band, yet few bassists have attained headliner status. The instrument simply does not afford even its best players many opportunities to bask in a...
Tags: Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis
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