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  • A reunion decades in the making for Natalie Cole, Chucho Valdés

    A reunion decades in the making for Natalie Cole, Chucho Valdés
    When Natalie Cole and Chucho Valdés share a bill Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl, it will mark a long-delayed reunion of two languages and two musical dynasties.
  • Paul Tanner dies at 95; trombonist with Glenn Miller Orchestra

    Paul Tanner dies at 95; trombonist with Glenn Miller Orchestra
    Paul Tanner, a trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra who became a prominent jazz educator at UCLA and created an unusual electronic musical instrument heard on the Beach Boys' classic 1966 hit "Good Vibrations," has died. He was 95. Tanner died...

    Buddy Collette dies at 89; L.A. jazz saxophone player, bandleader

    Buddy Collette dies at 89; L.A. jazz saxophone player, bandleader
    Buddy Collette, a Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist, flautist, bandleader and educator who played important roles in Los Angeles jazz as a musician and an advocate for the rights of African American musicians, has died. He was 89. Collette died Sunday at...

    Book review: 'Frank: The Voice' by James Kaplan

    Book review: 'Frank: The Voice' by James Kaplan
    Some years ago, I shared a barber with the late Mel Tormé. It was a small, low-key shop where the talk was usually sports and the music on the radio was always jazz or vocals from the American Songbook. One morning, Tormé and I found ourselves pausing...