- The Washington Times - Monday, April 18, 2005

Snyder battles cancer

Associated Press

Tom Snyder, a late-night-talk-show fixture for years, has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Mr. Snyder made the announcement on his Web site Friday, noting that doctors have told him the disease is treatable.

The talk-show host said he had been low on stamina, felt bloated and had gained about 50 pounds — all symptoms that led him to seek tests. Coincidentally, he says, his younger brother also has been diagnosed with the disease.

“Suffice to say that 2005 has not been a bell ringer for the Snyder boys,” he wrote in an earlier posting.

Mr. Snyder hosted NBC’s “The Tomorrow Show” from 1973 to 1982. He also had a four-year run on CBS’ “The Late Late Show With Tom Snyder,” which he left in 1999. The show was then reformatted for Craig Kilborn.

Mr. Snyder, 68, ended each broadcast with the signoff “Back soon, same time, same station. ‘Night, all.”

Macca returns

Paul McCartney is gearing up for a North American tour which includes a stop in the District; his first visit here since 2002.

The former Beatle will bring his “US” tour to the city’s MCI Center on Oct. 8. Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m.

The 28-city tour, in support of Mr. McCartney’s upcoming album, as yet untitled, kicks off Sept. 16 in Miami and concludes Nov. 29 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. His 2002 tour grossed $128 million for 58 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore; making him the world’s top touring artist that year.

He will be joined on the “US” tour by drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., guitarist Rusty Anderson, guitarist/bassist Brian Ray and keyboardist Paul “Wix” Wickens, Billboard reported yesterday.

Celebrating Ellington

Duke Ellington’s grandson Edward Ellington II and his eight-piece ensemble, the Duke Ellington Legacy, will perform a birthday tribute to the music legend Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the theater of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Northwest.

The concert, “Ellington Lives,” will be directed by Davey S. Yarborough, an acclaimed saxophonist and chair of Ellington’s instrumental department. The program also will feature the school’s New Washingtonians Jazz Orchestra.

The event is part of the school’s 30th-anniversary celebration, which includes a Monday gala hosted by actress Lynn Whitfield, a Howard University alumna and an Emmy winner for HBO’s 1991 film “The Josephine Baker Story,” at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Duke Ellington, long revered as one of the principal architects of jazz, was born Edward Kennedy Ellington in the District on April 29, 1899. He died in 1974.

Compiled by R. Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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