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Culture MonsterImages from a time when jazz stars were called upon to act as ambassadors of American freedom during the Cold War will be on display at the Fowler Museum in "Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World."...
Culture MonsterBorn on this day in 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, France, Paul CÃ©zanne is most associated today with his vivid still-life paintings of fruit arranged on tabletops. The painter was born into a family that was relatively well to do -- his......
James Moody, a jazz saxophonist and flutist whose improvised solo on a recording of the song "I'm in the Mood for Love" became a jazz classic, died Thursday in San Diego, where he had lived in recent years. He was 85 and had pancreatic cancer. His...
It had been a long night — a concert, a reunion with an old friend, a midnight meal — but as the clock ticked past 2 a.m. Quincy Jones sat in a rare state of silence in his estate at the very top of Bel-Air. The man they call Q nodded at the...
Pop & HissElam, whose Gang Starr released six studio albums between 1989 and 2003, was also a highly sought-after collaborator who believed music could be a positive social force. Keith Elam, better known as Guru of the rap duo Gang Starr, whose......
Pop & HissA Tribe Called Quest garnered the most critical raves and Wu-Tang Clan swung the hardcore hip-hop pendulum back from the West Coast, but no group defined the sound of '90s New York City rap like Gang Starr. Even 21 years......
Brand XIn Silver Lake, the crafty crow evidently trumps the skunk. The neighborhood's defunct watering hole Stinkers may still be stuck in some barflies' noses, but the skunk-inspired homage to canned beers, truck stops and white-trash Americana has been...
In 1947, jazz great Louis Armstrong got himself a new gadget -- a tape recorder, fresh out on the consumer market. It was a big, boxy machine that he set up in concert halls and jazz joints to record his six-piece All Stars so he could listen to each show...
Keith Elam, better known as Guru of the rap duo Gang Starr, whose laconic, monotone delivery made his one of the most distinctive voices in hip-hop, has died. He was 47. The rapper had been suffering from melanoma over the last year and had been in a...
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...
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Pop & HissItâs a remarkable on one level that a man who played a critical role in shaping a boatload of hit records by Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees, Bette Midler, Carly Simon, Phil Collins, Dusty Springfield, Chaka Khan, Norah Jones and......
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