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Jazz trumpeter and band leader Donald Byrd, whose clean, elegant phrasing made his reputation in the 1950s and '60s before he began experimenting in the '70s and '80s with jazz-funk-R&B fusions on discs such as "Black Byrd" and "Thank You ... for F.U.M.L....
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Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who collaborated on dozens of albums with top artists of his time and later enjoyed commercial success with hit jazz-funk fusion records such as "Black Byrd," has died. He was 80. He...
The story may be apocryphal, but according to legend (i.e. Wikipedia) the jazz pianist John Beasley put together his first drum kit at age 2, using kitchen pots and pans. History does not record the title of the debut tune that Beasley performed on his...
-------------------- 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,...
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LA Times MagazineLyrical, dulcet, symphonic—perfumers find harmonic convergence in musical jargon...
Culture MonsterIn a diverse and furiously inventive performance, the pianist showed what makes him one of the most significant talents in jazz today....
Culture MonsterThe New York-based guitarist returned to L.A. for a night dedicated to the classics that still sounded fresh....
Culture MonsterStew, the L.A. native, will be back in town with bandmate Heidi Rodenwald. He discusses his influences....
24 Frames“Chico & Rita”: A mostly Spanish-language drama that opens in Los Angeles on Friday, “Chico & Rita” tackles mature subjects like sex, ambition and regret in a format Hollywood studios reserve for kid-friendly fare: animation....
Paul Motian, an influential and much-admired jazz drummer who first gained renown in the late 1950s as part of the Bill Evans Trio and later became a composer and the leader of his own groups, has died. He was 80. Motian died Tuesday at Mount Sinai...
Even if you haven't yet heard of Ambrose Akinmusire, you might think you know what his lauded new album "When the Heart Emerges Glistening" sounds like. Jazz — particularly jazz trumpet — is a loaded business, one in which swaths of...
Culture MonsterThe Puerto Rican-born saxophonist discusses his new album "Alma Adentro," a reinterpretation of songs from his native country. Zenon performs live in Santa Monica Saturday...
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