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  • FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 24, 2004 photo, Herb Jeffries, a singing cowboy hero of the silver screen, right, is congratulated by jazz great Gerald Wilson following dedication ceremonies for Jeffries' star on the Walk of Fame in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, on his 93rd birthday.  Herb Jeffries, the first African-American singing cowboy to appear in movies in the 1930s, died of heart failure Sunday, May 25, 2014, at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 100.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

    African-American cowboy crooner Herb Jeffries dies

    Herb Jeffries, the jazz singer and actor who performed with Duke Ellington and was known as the "Bronze Buckaroo" in a series of all-black 1930s Westerns, died of heart failure Sunday morning at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 100.

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  • This image released by the O&M Co. shows k.d. lang, performing in the musical "After Midnight", at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/ O&M Co; Matthew Murphy)

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    A jazz archivist known for her work on the Smithsonian's Duke Ellington papers has died in New Jersey. Ann Byrnes Kuebler (KEEB'-ler) was 61.

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    Maria Hawkins Cole, widow of jazz crooner Nat "King" Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole, has died in South Florida after a short battle with cancer. She was 89.

  • Artwork depicting the image of Chuck Brown rests up against the barricades as his body lies in repose at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Mr. Brown died on May 16, 2012. He was 75.(Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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  • Sam Vaughan, editor and author, dead at age 83

    Sam Vaughan, a longtime editor and publisher at Random House and Doubleday who worked with Dwight D. Eisenhower, Duke Ellington and many others has died. He was 83.

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    My guess is that not many Americans under 40 have heard of the once famous singer/dancer/ band leader Cab Calloway (1907-1994). Some may remember him from the 1980 movie "The Blues Brothers" in which Calloway, who was then in his 70s, appeared. But why isn't he more generally remembered, along with his illustrious contemporaries such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington?

  • English choir director John Alldis dies at 81

    John Alldis, whose choir ranged from working with opera to collaborating with Duke Ellington and Pink Floyd, has died of pneumonia. He was 81.

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    Willis Conover, whose jazz broadcasts over the Voice of America helped to win the Cold War, once told me that as a teenager, as yet unformed in his musical tastes, he purchased many recordings of then-popular swing bands. One day the record-store owner said: "If you like these bands, why don't you listen to Duke Ellington? He's the real thing."

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  • "The earlier market of swing and Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee and Duke Ellington was pretty much gone, but we liked that kind of sound and wanted to imitate it," he told The New York Times in 1995. "In a way, we had helped kill it with what we had done. We had helped bring down the cathedral, and now we didn't know where to pray."

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