- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 8, 2006

Seven Jazz Masters

The National Endowment for the Arts has selected the newest Jazz Masters — the nation’s highest jazz honor.

Big-band leader Toshiko Akiyoshi, pianist Ramsey Lewis and vocalist Jimmy Scott were among those named during the District’s Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.

The others are hard-bop trombonist Curtis Fuller; tenor saxophonist Frank Wess; alto saxophonist Phil Woods; and jazz writer and educator Dan Morgenstern.

The seven new Jazz Masters will officially receive their awards, including a $25,000 fellowship, at a January ceremony in New York.

The National Endowment for the Arts has named 87 Jazz Masters since the first awards in 1982.

The program was recently expanded to provide touring opportunities and radio and TV projects.

‘Star Trek’ auction

Star Fleet Capt. Jean-Luc Picard commanded it. Now some Trekkie owns it.

A model of the Starship Enterprise used in the pilot and title sequences of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” sold for $576,000 Saturday at an auction of costumes, sets and props from 40 years of the “Star Trek” sci-fi franchise.

The 78-inch-long miniature of the “Enterprise-D,” built by Industrial Light and Magic, debuted in 1987 in the episode “Encounter at Farpoint,” and then was used in many subsequent episodes, as well as the film “Star Trek Generations.”

More than 1,000 items from the archives of CBS Paramount Television Studios went on the block over three days at Christie’s auction house, and fans forked over a total of $7.1 million for set furniture, pointy Vulcan ears and other props.

Some Christie’s employees taking bids by telephone wore Star Trek uniforms, and a live feed of the auction was carried on the History Channel’s Web site.

Other top sellers from Saturday’s auction included a spacesuit belonging to the series’ Dr. McCoy from the episode “The Tholian Web,” which fetched $144,000; and a replica of Capt. James T. Kirk’s chair on the bridge in the first “Star Trek” series.

The painted-wood chair was only a re-creation for a 1996 episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” which mixed action from that newer series with old footage, but it still sold for $62,400.

No pictures, or else

A bodyguard for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie manhandled a British photographer as he tried to take their picture at a hotel in western India, an incident caught on video by an Indian television station.

Mr. Pitt and Miss Jolie are in Pune to shoot scenes for a movie about the life of the slain journalist Daniel Pearl.

The celebrity couple have been holed up at the city’s Le Meridian hotel, presumably trying to avoid the horde of photographers, reporters and cameramen camped outside.

On Saturday afternoon, when Mr. Pitt and Miss Jolie tried to leave the hotel, one of their security guards caught the British photographer trying to take their photo, grabbing the man by his neck and verbally abusing him.

Video of the incident was broadcast on India’s CNN-IBN news channel, and the Hindustan Times newspaper identified the photographer as Sam Relph of Barcroft Media.

The newspaper reported that the security guard had shouted at photographers to stop taking pictures of the couple and moved for Mr. Relph when he didn’t put down his camera.

“He said if I took his pictures he would kill me,” the Times quoted Mr. Relph as saying. “I couldn’t breathe. He had his fingers on my windpipe and he knew what he was doing.”

Two Indian journalists also complained that they too had been threatened by the same security guard, who was not identified in the report.

A call to a publicist for Mr. Pitt and Miss Jolie was not returned yesterday morning.

• Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.


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