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Topic - Duke Ellington
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.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter k.d. lang says making her Broadway debut was "a dream come true" and its effects on her music will be "profound."
Making a stylish Broadway debut, four-time Grammy winner k.d. lang has taken over for Fantasia Barrino as the special guest vocalist in the colorful music and dance revue, "After Midnight." Emceed by the affable Dule Hill, the show light-heartedly celebrates Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem.
Grammy Award-winner Fantasia Barrino will star in the Broadway-bound "After Midnight," a musical revue celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem.
Terri Lyne Carrington, "Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue" (Concord Jazz)
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.
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.
The District of Columbia Public Library is working to build an archival collection honoring the "godfather" of go-go music, Chuck Brown.
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.
"Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology" (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
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?
John Alldis, whose choir ranged from working with opera to collaborating with Duke Ellington and Pink Floyd, has died of pneumonia. He was 81.
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."
"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."