| Dec 13, 2009
| 9:32 PM
Nothing quite haunts some of todayâs composers like the disturbing story of BÃ©la BartÃ³kâs last five years. In 1940 he fled Nazi-influenced Budapest and moved to New York, where he lived in illness, obscurity and poverty. Young children threw...
| 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...
| May 16, 2009
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.
| Apr 17, 2009
Rubin "Zeke" Zarchy, a trumpeter for a number of leading big bands who was best known for his association with Glenn Miller's orchestra in the 1940s, has died. He was 93.
Zarchy died Saturday of complications from pneumonia at Kaiser Permanente...
| Mar 8, 2009
"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...
| 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...
| Oct 9, 2008
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...
| Jul 3, 2008
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'...
| May 30, 2008
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...
| Dec 5, 2007
YOU hear Eric Greenspan before you see him, whether he's running the floor at his year-old Melrose Avenue restaurant, the Foundry, or now, cooking for Hanukkah with his mother at her place on a tree-lined street in Woodland Hills.
Mother and son are in...
| Aug 27, 2006
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...