Tag: Jazz

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People

‘Idol’ judges have glowing reviews for each other

This 2013 file publicity photo released by FOX shows American Idol XIII judges, from left, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. One thing about season 13 of “American Idol” is that unlike last season, the judges seem to be getting along. (AP Photo/FOX, Michael Becker) by Marina HutchinsonAssociated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Well, one thing about season 13 of “American Idol” is that unlike last season, the judges seem to be getting along. At an audition stop in Atlanta last week, Jennifer Lopez said she’s excited for people to see how funny Harry Connick Jr. is and how much he knows about music.

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Entertainment

Duke Ellington: the man and his music

DUKE ELLINGTON (Courier File Photo) by Jerry HarkavyAssociated Press Writer “Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington” (Gotham Books), by Terry Teachout Duke Ellington died nearly 40 years ago, but for jazz fans of a certain age his musical creativity and elegant style remain timeless. Whether he was leading his orchestra in “Take the A Train,” the composition by collaborator Billy Strayhorn that became Ellington’s theme, or assuring his fans in his velvety bass-baritone that he loved them madly, the Duke’s public persona as a jazz giant has endured for half a century.

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Entertainment

Davis receives BNY Mellon Living Legacy Award in D.C.

Nathan Davis, founder of Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, is recognized for “uncompromising commitment to jazz education” PITTSBURGH—As the annual University of Pittsburgh Jazz Seminar and Concert enters its 43rd exciting year, its founder, Pitt Professor Emeritus of Music Nathan Davis, accepted the BNY Mellon Jazz 2013 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony Oct. 5 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C.