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  • Music's literary side

    Music's literary side
    During the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, singer-songwriter Joe Henry participated in a panel on the connection between music and the written word. For our summer reading issue, we asked Henry to elaborate on this question and to write about how...
  • Rubin 'Zeke' Zarchy dies at 93; big band trumpeter

    Rubin 'Zeke' Zarchy dies at 93; big band trumpeter
    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...
  • Jerry Wexler, 91; influential music producer coined 'rhythm and blues'

    Jerry Wexler, 91; influential music producer coined 'rhythm and blues'
    Jerry Wexler, the influential Atlantic Records producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" before helping shape that sound into one of the most powerful musical forces of the 1950s and '60s, died Friday morning at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was 91....
  • Louie Bellson dies at 84; Duke Ellington called him 'the world's greatest drummer'

    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...
  • Sam Butera dies at 81; 1950s-'60s tenor saxophonist

    Sam Butera dies at 81; 1950s-'60s tenor saxophonist
    Sam Butera, a hard-swinging tenor saxophonist who formed a rowdy and successful onstage partnership with entertainers Louis Prima and Keely Smith in the 1950s, died Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas. He was 81. He had Alzheimer's disease, according to...
  • Dennis Stock dies at 81; friend and photographer of James Dean

    Dennis Stock dies at 81; friend and photographer of James Dean
    Dennis Stock, a photographer best known for his iconic Life magazine photo of film legend James Dean walking through a rainy Times Square in a dark overcoat, has died. He was 81. Stock, who was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer a few weeks ago and...
  • 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...
  • Alan Ladd's Los Feliz property sells for $2.55 million

    Alan Ladd's Los Feliz property sells for $2.55 million
    What could be more perfect on New Year's Eve than to be writing about -- what else? -- a bar. And not just any old bar -- a famous pub where Bette Davis, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Ginger Rogers and hundreds of others carved their names in the bar top....
  • Album review: Preservation Hall Jazz Band's 'Preservation'

     
    The unique place the Crescent City holds in American music is evident in the breadth of guests and the utter commitment in their performances with the Preservation Hall band on this project, designed to raise money to support training and......
  • Chopin's 200th birthday celebration, live from Warsaw

     
    This is it, Chopin’s big one. The Polish composer was born March 1, 1810. And Warsaw, it is hardly surprising, is the place to be for the mother of all the Chopin celebrations. If you've got a few hundred of......
  • The Petrojvic Blasting Company: Coming soon to a sidewalk near you

     
    The best pieces from last Thursday’s Downtown L.A. Art Walk weren’t to be found hanging on the walls of an overpriced gallery, but instead came warbling out of the mouths and instruments of the Petrojvic Blasting Company, a ragtag crew......