| Jan 19, 2012
Pioneering rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, drummer, bandleader and disc jockey Johnny Otis made the kind of conscious life choice early on that few people have the inclination, or circumstance, to carry out.
Born white, the son of Greek immigrant...
| Jan 28, 2012
As Japan's preeminent graphic designer and art director in the 1970s and early '80s, Eiko Ishioka helped build her reputation by heading media campaigns for Parco, a major boutique shopping complex chain.
But instead of focusing on fashion or other...
| Jul 22, 2012
The Jazz Standards
A Guide to the Repertoire
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,...
| Aug 17, 2012
Von Freeman was revered as a tenor saxophonist but was never a major star, worshiped by critics but perpetually strapped for cash. He seemed to purposely avoid commercial success. When trumpeter Miles Davis phoned Freeman in the 1950s looking for a...
| Apr 19, 2012
Teddy Charles, a jazz vibraphonist who performed with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and other bebop-era jazz greats before becoming a charter boat captain in the Caribbean, died Monday at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead on New York's...
| Dec 5, 2012
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When thinking about Dave Brubeck, you can't help but also consider time, and not just how much of it fans received from the prolific jazz pianist up to his death Wednesday at age 91.
A titan of West Coast jazz, Brubeck was linked with California for...
| Sep 2, 2010
| 4:35 PM
Thereâs a modification of an old joke that came to mind on Wednesday night. âWhat does a 70-year-old jazz legend get to play on his birthday at the Hollywood Bowl?â The answer for the great Herbie Hancock is, of course,......
| Dec 22, 2010
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Barack Obama claims during a commencement speech that he doesn't know how to work iPods, iPads, Xboxes or PlayStations....
| Dec 27, 2010
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Judging the market for big-ticket music box sets continues to be at least as much art as it is science. Record company executives I spoke to recently said that even though the Internet has given labels unprecedented ability to target......
| Sep 12, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Sussan Deyhim is one of Iran's most potent voices in exile for the simple reason that she possesses a marvelously potent voice. She wails and coos and ululates, the sound of the soul in translation. When she sings low and......
| Jan 6, 2011
| 4:32 PM
It's all well and good to buy a T-shirt emblazoned with an iconic image from the annals of rock 'n' roll â plenty of street-wear brands offer them. But when you pick up a rock tee from luxe T-shirt brand......