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Benny Goodman

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  • Tooting the Horn for `All-Girl' Band Leader, 101

    Indomitable saxophonist Peggy Gilbert got the beat back in the 1920s, when Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington and the Kansas City Nighthawks were wowing Jazz Age dance crowds. She was still blowing a hot tenor sax in 1981 on Johnny...
  • Torture devices seeking righteous buyer

    Torture devices seeking righteous buyer
    It slices! It dices! It pierces and pokes! It pulls stubborn flesh from bone with the flick of a wrist! And if that doesn't get your prisoner talking, perhaps the ornate chair with its spiked seat, back and arm rests will do the trick. The ghoulish...
  • 'Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life' by John Adams

    'Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life' by John Adams
    JOHN ADAMS is the voice of America. His instrumental music, and particularly that for the orchestra, conveys the American experience broadly. He is generous in his interests, which include the maverick Yankee-isms of Charles Ives, the populist strains...
  • Review: 'Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon'

    Review: 'Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon'
    If the name Jack Sheldon doesn't ring a bell, consider this: Music elite and bebop fans widely consider him the greatest living jazz trumpeter. This unheralded maestro, a founder of the West Coast jazz movement, has, since the 1950s, performed...
  • 'All You Need Is Love' finally arrives in U.S.

    'All You Need Is Love' finally arrives in U.S.
    British documentary maker Tony Palmer called his 17-hour TV series exploring the origins of American popular music “All You Need Is Love,” because John Lennon told him it would make a great title. But in the three decades since he made it, it'...
  • John Cheever: New volumes spotlight his life and work

    John Cheever: New volumes spotlight his life and work
    "I shall not, for example, try to evoke a rhetorical chiaroscuro of an intellect suspended in the twilight of the last divine monarchy, exposed to the philosophies of anarchy, communism and socialism, stricken by a loss of free speech; an intelligence...
  • Library of Congress builds the record collection of the century

    Library of Congress builds the record collection of the century
    About an hour south of Washington, D.C., deep beneath rolling hills near the verdant Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, lies a storehouse filled with bounty. At one time, during the Cold War, that treasure was cash — about $3-billion worth —...
  • 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...
  • Monica Lewis sounds her 'Siren'

    Monica Lewis sounds her 'Siren'
    During her heyday in the 1940s and '50s, dimple-cheeked Monica Lewis was known as "America's Singing Sweetheart": She warbled such chart-topping hits as "Autumn Leaves, "I Wish You Love" and "Put the Blame on Mame" and starred on the radio on such...
  • Racing aboard the Great Lakes schooner Denis Sullivan

    Racing aboard the Great Lakes schooner Denis Sullivan
    At dawn on the dock, a few sailors kiss spouses and dogs goodbye. Then we muster on the quarterdeck: 17 crew (nine volunteers and eight professional sailors) ranging from a 19-year-old South Carolina college student to a 76-year-old Michigan farmer. I...
  • Review: A fascinating education in 'The Jazz Standards'

    Review: A fascinating education in 'The Jazz Standards'
    -------------------- The Jazz Standards A Guide to the Repertoire Ted Gioia Oxford University Press: 528 pp., $39.95 -------------------- I like jazz but I don't know much about it. Or perhaps I should say that I know what I like. Duke Ellington,...