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  • Fisher leaves Jazz (Point guard to care for infant daughter with cancer)

    07/03/2007 8:53:14 AM PDT · by Smogger · 17 replies · 846+ views
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 7/2/2007 | AP
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Jazz agreed to release guard Derek Fisher from his contract Monday so he can concentrate on finding the best care for his 11-month-old daughter, who has cancer in her left eye. Fisher said he wants to live in one of the six or seven cities being considered for Tatum's care. He didn't rule out playing for another NBA team but emphasized that his daughter's health is his No. 1 priority. "Life for me outweighs the game of basketball," Fisher told reporters after flying from New York to meet with Jazz owner Larry H....
  • Oakland's Yoshi’s Pulls Jazz CD With No Blacks

    06/03/2007 2:39:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies · 1,100+ views
    AP) ^ | Jun 2, 2007 12:54 pm US/Pacific
    OAKLAND Managers of Yoshi's, one of the Bay Area's best-known jazz venues, said they will pull the club's first-ever CD off the market after community leaders complained the recording featured no black musicians. Club managers apologized Friday for what they called "a huge mistake" and "a major oversight." They said they plan to create a new recording that better reflects the musicians who play the 340-seat venue at Oakland's Jack London Square. "We really messed up on the CD," said Yoshi's owner Kaz Kajimura. "We apologize to anyone who feels slighted by this omission, as that was never our intention."...
  • Alice Coltrane, jazz performer and composer, dies at 69

    01/14/2007 7:58:37 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 7 replies · 230+ views
    WFRV.COM ^ | 13 JANUARY 2007 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Alice Coltrane, a jazz performer and composer and wife of the late saxophone legend John Coltrane, has died. She was 69. Coltrane died Friday of respiratory failure at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, said her sister, Marilyn McLeod. For nearly 40 years, Coltrane managed the archive and estate of her husband, a pivotal figure in the history of jazz. He died of liver disease in 1967 at age 40. A pianist and organist, Alice Coltrane was noted for her astral compositions and for bringing the harp onto the jazz bandstand. Born Alice McLeod in Detroit...
  • Vatican composer working on Dante's 'Divine Comedy'

    01/02/2007 2:36:36 PM PST · by AnAmericanMother · 4 replies · 349+ views
    Rome, Jan 2: The Catholic church is placing heavy metal, punk and jazz in hell and classical music in heaven in a musical on Dante's "Divine Comedy" composed by a Vatican conductor. Father Marco Frisina, who directs the Rome diocesan choir and has composed a number of pieces for Italian television and popes, plans to premier the show in autumn here before taking it on a tour of European capitals. According to a report in Tuesday's La Repubblica, Frisina will be using "rebellious" rock, punk and jazz tunes to represent hell while heaven will be described using classical and symphonic...
  • Renowned Jazz Singer Anita O'Day Dies

    11/23/2006 5:06:45 PM PST · by M. Espinola · 27 replies · 560+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11-23-2006 | ALLISON HOFFMAN
    Anita O'Day, whose sassy renditions of "Honeysuckle Rose," "Sweet Georgia Brown" and other song standards that made her one of the most respected jazz vocalists of the 1940s and '50s, has died. She was 87. O'Day died in her sleep early Thursday morning at a convalescent hospital in Los Angeles where she was recovering from a bout with pneumonia, said her manager Robbie Cavolina. "On Tuesday night, she said to me, get me out of here," Cavolina said. "But it didn't happen." Once known as the "Jezebel of Jazz" for her reckless, drug-induced lifestyle, O'Day lived to sing and...
  • How U2 Plans to Help New Orleans March On

    09/25/2006 6:12:25 PM PDT · by Lunatic Fringe · 16 replies · 460+ views
    Exclusive: To celebrate the return of football to the Superdome and aid in the city's rebuilding, U2 and Green Day will debut their special new benefit single on Monday Night Football
  • One thing airline passengers don't want to see

    09/02/2006 5:18:05 PM PDT · by verum ago · 2 replies · 523+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/31/06
    OTTAWA (Reuters) - The pilot of a Canadian airliner who went to the washroom during a flight found himself locked out of the cockpit, forcing the crew to remove the door from its hinges to let him back in, the airline said Wednesday.
  • Jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson dies at age 78

    08/24/2006 11:55:51 AM PDT · by lunarbicep · 95 replies · 2,137+ views ^ | Thu Aug 24, 2006
    Jazz trumpeter and big-band leader Walter "Maynard" Ferguson, famed for his screaming solos and ability to hit blisteringly high notes, has died at age 78, associates said on Thursday. The Montreal-born Ferguson died on Wednesday at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, California, of kidney and liver failure brought on by an abdominal infection. His four daughters and other family members were at his side when he died. Ferguson started his career at 13 when he performed as a featured soloist with the Canadian Broadcasting Co. Orchestra. He played with several of the great big-band leaders of the 1940s and '50s,...
  • Jazz, coffee morale medicine for Marines in Iraq

    07/12/2006 4:14:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 279+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Enrique S. Diaz
    CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (July 12, 2006) -- Life on base is often monotonous when it isn't dangerous for the service members stationed here. The occasional mortar and rocket landing in the base's perimeter can break up daily routines. Daily convoys leave the relative safety of the base braving improvised explosive devices to deliver supplies and transport troops to hotspots like Ramadi and Fallujah. Dust storms and 110 degree-plus temperatures are the norm for the nearly 6,000 service members serving in a variety of capacities at Taqaddum. Professionals such as administrative clerks keeping personnel records in order to explosive ordnance technicians...
  • New Orleans Katrina Failures from a NO Native

    02/19/2006 4:47:56 PM PST · by anymouse · 7 replies · 1,109+ views
    From a Forwarded E-mail Message | Feb 16, 2006 | Denise M. Dorner
    I was born on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans so you can't get more New Orleanian than me. The failures of government during and after Hurricane Katrina were at every single level. Last year, Gov. Kathleen Blanco and the mayors of New Orleans and surrounding parishes had a trial run with Hurricane Ivan. It was a disaster even though the storm did turn eastward. Gov. Blanco especially blew it then and she blew it this time when the city of my birth was demolished. Mayor Nagin sent thousands of people to the Superdome and the Convention Center knowing that...
  • OBIT: Romano Mussolini

    02/04/2006 12:04:48 PM PST · by Grendel9 · 3 replies · 393+ views
    UK Telegraph
    2/4/2006 Romano Mussolini, who died yesterday aged 78, made a career for himself as a jazz pianist after the lynching of his father Benito Mussolini in 1945. A luxurious upbringing touched by the inherent violence of Fascism could have clouded the lives of many dictators' children. But the youngest of Mussolini's sons, who was 17 when his father was killed, survived with dignity to become an equable, kindly, laid-back and admired musician who earned the respect of leading Italian and American performers. Refusing to criticise his father, Romano lovingly recalled how Il Duce would place his fists on his hips,...
  • Has Anyone Heard of This?

    01/21/2006 9:24:28 PM PST · by TBP · 8 replies · 634+ views
    Self | Today | Self
    What does anyone here know about the "Rhythm of Life Tabernacle"? I think it's one of those California things. From what I heard, it began as a jazz group in San Francisco and became a religion. Anyone know anything about it?
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Music For Our Troops ~ Before Rock n Roll History ~ 14 Jan 2006

    01/13/2006 5:52:16 PM PST · by MoJo2001 · 1,606 replies · 18,385+ views
    Serving The Best Troops In The World | The Canteen Deejays
      ~ Music Mayhem Links ~ Support The Artists! l l l l l l l l l Sonique l l l l l Audio Realm l MSN Radio l Shout Cast l Launch Music l Live-Radio Net l l     Welcome To The FReeper Canteen! ~ Pre-Rock *n* Roll ~         ~ Mayhem Music Theme ~ Pre-History of Rock N Roll We call this the *roots* section! Beginning a musical journey and task such as the *History of Rock n...
  • Brazilian singer blasts Vatican in condom dispute

    12/06/2005 10:33:19 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 879+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 6, 2005 | Angus MacSwan
    Brazilian singer Daniela Mercury, who was banned from performing in a Vatican Christmas concert, said on Monday she was outraged at a Vatican claim that she had threatened to promote condom use during the show."I am surprised and outraged with the declarations made by the Vatican's representative," Mercury, one of Brazil's biggest musical stars, said in a statement."I never stated that I would advocate the use of condoms at the Vatican's Christmas concert."The dispute has shot back and forth across the Atlantic since Mercury first said her offer to take part in the show had been withdrawn. She said last...
  • Jazz funeral mourns Katrina's unknown victims

    10/30/2005 7:50:51 PM PST · by caryatid · 5 replies · 285+ views ^ | Saturday, October 29, 2005 | Ben Lemoine
    Louisiana's death toll from Katrina now stands at 1,062. Nearly 350 victims have not been identified, and morgue officials are certain some may never be named. But Saturday, people celebrated the lives lost to the storm the only way they knew how. With trumpets and trombones instead of tears, people filled the French Quarter Streets for a jazz funeral to honor Katrina's victims. Crescent City Funeral Directors sponsored the event, which also included an All Saints Day Mass Saturday afternoon. "It's a beautiful thing," said Analisa Cisneros. "I'm so glad it's happening. It just gives me a feeling that even...
  • Top 10 Icons of Jazz (vanity)

    10/24/2005 8:56:53 AM PDT · by pissant · 171 replies · 1,334+ views
    PA Times | 10/24/05 | Dr. Pissant
    Since I pretty much gave up listening to new pop music about a dozen years ago (got sick of the barrage of lefties), I have had a chance since then to explore the wonderful world of American music called Jazz. I'd always been a passive Jazz fan, but in the last 10 years my collection has swelled as I discovered what truly amazing music our parents and grandparents were exposed to. For those interested in discovering real talent in American music history, here are my recommendations, in no particular order. Top 10 Jazz Icons of the 20th Century 10. Glenn...
  • Life After Katrina: America's New Jazz Museum! (No Poor Black People Allowed) BARRRFFF!!!

    10/17/2005 2:54:55 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 31 replies · 1,796+ views
    SPIEGEL ONLINE ^ | October 12, 2005, 01:25 PM | Larry Blumenfeld
    Jazz musicians warn against the Disney-fication of post-Katrina New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina has brought new attention to New Orleans jazz greats like Wynton Marsalis. But these artists now fear the city that helped foster their art will be forever changed -- for the worse. It took a Category 5 hurricane to do it, but Katrina managed to blow jazz back onto the American radar screen. Those TV montages of physical devastation and desperate souls were accompanied by strains of New Orleans jazz, those benefit concerts filled with saxes and trumpets; the reporters arriving to cover it all flew into Louis...
  • 'Gatemouth' Brown, legendary singer and guitarist, dies

    09/11/2005 10:41:12 AM PDT · by weegee · 5 replies · 372+ views
    Associated Press via Houston Chronicle ^ | 9, 11, 2005 | By DOUG SIMPSON
    'Gatemouth' Brown, legendary singer and guitarist, dies Musician fled to Orange before Hurricane Katrina wiped out his Slidell, La., home BATON ROUGE, LA. - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown , the singer and guitarist who built a 50-year career playing blues, country, jazz and Cajun music, died Saturday in his hometown of Orange, where he had gone to escape Hurricane Katrina. He was 81. Brown had been battling lung cancer and heart disease, said Rick Cady , his booking agent. Cady said the musician was with his family at his brother's house when he died. Brown's home in Slidell, La., a bedroom...
  • Dickey Betts and Great Southern at BB King's, NYC

    08/20/2005 7:05:27 AM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 26 replies · 826+ views
    none ^ | 08/20/05 | me
    I saw this show last night. I can't remember when I've seen someone play so hard for so long. And take no shortcuts. He had two drummers, a second guitar, bass, keyboard, and percussion/backup vocal. He didn't have to pay for two drummers, but he did. With his name, he could tour as a trio. Point being, again, no corners cut. Some tight originals indicate he's definitely not living in the past.I had a friend who played next to him in St. Pete at a benefit a few years ago, so I was paying close attention to the interaction between...
  • XM Satellite Radio to Open New Studios at World-Renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City

    05/19/2005 9:14:11 AM PDT · by t_skoz · 19 replies · 756+ views
    XM Satellite Radio via Yahoo Financial News ^ | Thursday May 19, 10:46 am ET | XM Satellite Radio
    XM Satellite Radio to Open New Studios at World-Renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City Thursday May 19, 10:46 am ET XM is the Exclusive Satellite Radio Partner of Jazz at Lincoln Center NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading provider of satellite radio with more than four million subscribers, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the world's largest producer of jazz performance and education events, today announced a multi-year agreement for XM to broadcast live daily from new, state-of-the-art XM studios at Jazz at Lincoln Center's new home, Frederick P. Rose...
  • Petition To Put Ray Charles On The $10 Bill

    03/07/2005 2:58:19 AM PST · by MaxMax · 85 replies · 1,827+ views
    Web Page ^ | Derek Trucks?
    We are signing this petition as an appeal to place the image of Ray Charles on the U.S. Treasury's ten dollar bill. Upon Mr. Charles' recent passing, we are reminded of the impact this great American had on the development of American culture and music. Known as "The Genius" since the early 1950s, Ray Charles is a founding father of modern rhythm and blues, jazz, rock and gopsel music. In the course of his remarkable life and career, Mr. Charles overcame personal adversity in the forms of blindness, extreme poverty, racial oppression and drug-addiction to become one of the most...
  • Jazz-organ pioneer Jimmy Smith dies

    02/09/2005 8:40:48 PM PST · by JellyJam · 38 replies · 685+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 9, 2005 | AP
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jimmy Smith, an award-winning jazz organist who was considered a pioneer with the instrument, died of natural causes Tuesday at his home here. He was 79. "Jimmy Smith transformed the organ into a jazz instrument. Jazz has lost a pioneering talent, not to mention a one of a kind personality," National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia said Wednesday.
  • He scores big by arranging music for 'The Aviator'

    01/10/2005 7:55:50 AM PST · by RayBob · 24 replies · 796+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 10, 2005 | Johnna A. Pro
    On New Year's Day, Tom Roberts sat in a movie theater watching Martin Scorsese's biopic "The Aviator." But unlike others in the theater, Roberts wasn't focused on the action unfolding on the big screen, with Leonardo DiCaprio bringing the adventures of the eccentric Howard Hughes to life. His ears were tuned, instead, to the cinema's speakers, listening for the sounds of the music he either played or arranged for the film.
  • Artie Shaw, Big Band Leader, Dies at 94

    12/31/2004 1:27:39 AM PST · by Eagle9 · 36 replies · 4,191+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 30, 2004 | The New York Times
    rtie Shaw, the jazz clarinetist and big-band leader who successfully challenged Benny Goodman's reign as the King of Swing with his recordings of "Begin the Beguine," "Lady Be Good" and "Star Dust" in the late 1930's, died yesterday at his home in Newbury Park, Calif. He was 94. He apparently died of natural causes, his lawyer, Eddie Ezor, told The Associated Press. In the Royalty of Swing By JOHN S. WILSON Artie Shaw's virtuosity on his instrument, his groups' highly original arrangements and his explosively romantic showmanship made him one of the most danced-to bandleaders of swing and one of...
  • A Smooth Jazz Tribute

    12/08/2004 11:30:17 PM PST · by M. Espinola · 13 replies · 654+ views
    numerous | December 8th, 2004 | M. Espinola
    Some Favourite Smooth Jazz
  • The Republican Who Broke the Color Barrier

    08/30/2004 3:47:52 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 30 replies · 971+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 08/30/2004 | Joe Bendel
    The Republican Who Broke the Color Barrier By Joe Bendel One can only assume the Republican National Convention kicking off in New York this week will spend a good deal of time in tribute to President Ronald Reagan. As the man who drove a stake in the heart of an expansionist Communist Empire, and recast the Republican Party is his own image, such tributes are only fitting and proper. The RNC would also be well advised to give significant time to mark the contributions of another longtime GOP stalwart who passed away since the 2000 convention, jazz legend Lionel Hampton....
  • Government Grants for JAZZ music and Curriculum Developers

    07/30/2004 9:42:27 PM PDT · by goodnesswins · 11 replies · 639+ views
    search on yahoo ^ | 7/30/04 | government your taxes
    Hey....any Jazz musicians or Teachers who do curriculum development for Humanities need money???? The government has some for you in the way of grants from about $200,000 - $370,000+ .....READ THEM BELOW NEA JAZZ MASTERS ON TOUR ________________________________________ ________________________________________ General Information Document Type: Grants Notice Funding Opportunity Number: PS 04-05 Posted Date: Jul 28, 2004 Original Due Date for Applications: Aug 30, 2004 Current Due Date for Applications: Aug 30, 2004 Archive Date: Sep 29, 2004 Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement Category of Funding Activity: Arts (see "Cultural Affairs" in CFDA) Expected Number of Awards: 2 Estimated Total Program Funding:...
  • Stratocaster guitar celebrates 50th birthday

    03/16/2004 10:28:18 AM PST · by Skooz · 138 replies · 902+ views
    The Shreveport Times ^ | March 16, 2004 | no byline
    <p>SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The year 1954 was full of pop culture benchmarks. Elvis Presley recorded his first single, the Miss America pageant was televised for the first time, Ernest Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.</p>
  • Art as Diplomacy - Cultural ambassadors act as envoys for what's best in America.

    01/28/2004 3:28:47 AM PST · by Huber · 5 replies · 218+ views ^ | Wednesday, January 28, 2004 12:01 a.m. EST | NAOMI SCHAEFER
    <p>New Yorkers who walk into the oak-paneled Carnegie Club on West 56th Street will encounter a now unfamiliar scent--cigar smoke. The club, which is one of a few legal cigar bars in a city gone smoke-free, has nostalgia written all over it: musty bookshelves, waitresses who don't carry the drinks themselves but are followed by tuxedoed men who perform that service, and, most of all, Cary Hoffman and the Stan Rubin Orchestra.</p>
  • Jazz Great Benny Carter Dead at 95 in Los Angeles

    07/14/2003 1:08:52 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 6 replies · 311+ views
    Jazz Great Benny Carter Dead at 95 in Los Angeles By Kevin Krolicki LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Legendary jazz pioneer and big band leader Benny Carter, who helped break Hollywood's bar to black composers, died on Saturday at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, friends said on Sunday. He was 95. Reuters Photo AP Photo Slideshow: Jazz Great Benny Carter Dies at 95 Carter, who was one of the first black composers and arrangers to work on mainstream Hollywood films, including such classics as "Stormy Weather," had been hospitalized for about two weeks, complaining of bronchitis and fatigue, said...
  • Malone to Lakers a lock (Karl, Kobe. Kobe, Karl.)

    07/10/2003 3:23:32 PM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 48 replies · 485+ views ^ | July 10, 2003
    Malone to Lakers a lockLAST UPDATE: 7/10/2003 4:35:57 PMA league source told ESPN the Magazine's Ric Bucher that Karl Malone has decided to join the Los Angeles Lakers. In addition, Clear Channel sister station KXTA in Los Angeles is reporting that Malone has accepted Laker General Manager Mitch Kupchak's offer and will make an announcement shortly. Kupchak, however, isn't ready to celebrate anything now, though. No contracts can be signed until July 16 - when the NBA sets its salary cap for the coming season. Charles Oakley and Lorenzen Wright in 1999 teased the Lakers with talk of accepting the...
  • What are your favorite song lyrics?

    02/20/2003 6:49:37 AM PST · by Big Guy and Rusty 99 · 28 replies · 676+ views
    me ^ | now | me
    what are your favorite song lyrics?
  • 26 Most Perfect Albums

    02/19/2003 12:42:24 PM PST · by Big Guy and Rusty 99 · 20 replies · 289+ views
    here ^ | now | me
    What are your most perfect albums? By perfect albums, I mean albums where you don't have to skip over a weak track. Collections and Best of packages do not count. Some of mine: (in no particular order) 1. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds 2. The Beatles - Revolver 3. Miles Davis - On the Corner 4. The Clash - London Calling 5. Willie Dixon - I Am the Blues 6. Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison 7. Black Flag - Damaged 8. John Coltrane - Love Supreme 9. The Who - The Who Sell Out 10. Duke Ellington &...
  • Bus station plays jazz to drive teenagers away

    02/15/2003 12:35:34 PM PST · by MadIvan · 46 replies · 743+ views
    Ananova ^ | February 15, 2003 | Ananova
    A bus station in America is planning to play classical music and smooth jazz to discourage loitering teenagers. Officials at the Trade Street in Charlotte, North Carolina, hope the "grow-up" music will irritate groups of youths who hang around the station. The station's loudspeakers already emit the calls of hawks and owls to frighten away pigeons that roost in the rafters. "The idea is to make the atmosphere at the Trade Street station less pleasant for those who aren't there to catch a bus," a spokeswoman told the Charlotte Observer. "We know if we play a certain genre, people won't...
  • STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN Theatrical Release 11/15/2002

    11/15/2002 3:59:57 PM PST · by SteveH · 5 replies · 317+ views
    Artisan Films ^ | 11/15/2002 | Artisan Films North American Release November 15, 2002 Fourteen years in the making, this film is based upon a book of the same title that won the 1989 Rolling Stone / BMl "Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award", STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN was shot in 35mm film, on location in Detroit and elsewhere. This one hour and forty-eight minute documentary and performance film tells the Funk Brothers' saga through archival footage and still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and twelve new live performances of Motown classics with the Funk Brothers backing up Chaka Khan,...
  • Dave Douglas at the HotHouse!

    07/11/2002 12:06:32 PM PDT · by Conservative Chicagoan · 4 replies · 781+ views ^ | May 4, 2002 | Micah Holmquist
    Dave Douglas at the HotHouse! Concert Review by: Micah Holmquist Venue: HotHouse (Chicago, IL) May 4, 2002 - Critics and fans of mainstream jazz and more experimental improvised music rarely agree on much but both laud trumpeter Dave Douglas. In the nine years since his first release as a leader, Parallel Worlds on the Italian Soul Note label, the 39-year old Douglas has come to be widely regarded as one of the most gifted and accomplished musicians and composers of the current period. For several years I've been a fan of John Zorn's Masada, a quartet that specializes in...
  • Jazz Great Lionel Hampton, 94, Dies

    08/31/2002 12:34:16 PM PDT · by BluesDuke · 56 replies · 427+ views
    Associated Press, via Yahoo! News ^ | 31 August 2002 | Larry McShane
    More on Yahoo! • Lionel Hampton There was more than musical magic on stage that day in 1936 when Lionel Hampton joined Benny Goodman in a Manhattan ballroom — it was a breakthrough in American race relations. Hampton, a vibraphone virtuoso who died Saturday, broke a barrier that had kept black and white musicians from performing together in public. Through a six-decade career, he continued to build a name for himself as one of the greats in jazz history. "He was really a towering jazz figure," said saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who played with Hampton in the 1950s. "He really...
  • Jazz Great Lionel Hampton, 94, Dies

    08/31/2002 4:54:49 AM PDT · by VOA · 15 replies · 296+ views
    AP -- Yahoo ^ | Sat Aug 31 | AP-Yahoo
    Jazz Great Lionel Hampton, 94, Dies Sat Aug 31, 6:56 AM ET NEW YORK (AP) - Lionel Hampton, the vibraphone virtuoso and standout showman whose six-decade career ranked him with the greatest names in jazz history, died Saturday at a Manhattan hospital. He was 94. Hampton, whose health was failing in recent years, died at Mount Sinai Medical Center at about 6:15 a.m., said his manager, Phil Leshin. Hampton worked with a who's who of jazz greats, from Benny Goodman to Charlie Parker to Quincy Jones. But over the last decade, Hampton battled health problems and a fire that destroyed...
  • Jazz Bassist Ray Brown, 75, Dies

    07/03/2002 1:31:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 200+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | July 3, 2002 | Kate Berry
    Jazz Bassist Ray Brown, 75, Dies Wed Jul 3, 3:19 AM ET By KATE BERRY, Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and his one-time wife Ella Fitzgerald in a career that spanned a half century, has died. He was 75. Brown died in his sleep Tuesday in Indianapolis where he was concluding the U.S. leg of a tour, said John Clayton, a friend and fellow bassist. Brown, whose fluid sound defined the bebop era, started his career in the 1940s and performed during jazz's Golden...
  • Which BLUES/JAZZ Albums Do You Think Are Perfect?

    06/08/2002 7:56:05 PM PDT · by BluesDuke · 15 replies · 226+ views
    The FREEP, Of Course! ^ | 8 June 2002 | All of Us Nuts
    OK, since Big Guy and Rusty 99 did this for rock and soul, let's do it for the blues and jazz! One difference - we'll count best-ofs because for only too long the blues guys didn't make here's mine and let's build from here: Louis Armstrong, The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven and Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy Count Basie and Joe Williams, Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings Count Basie and His Orchestra, Sixteen Men Swinging: The 1952-53 Dance Sessions Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Hard Bop Michael Bloomfield and Friends, Live at Bill Graham's Fillmore...