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.

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Entertainment

Dee Dee Bridgewater on a ‘demanding role’

This image released by Cromarty and Co. shows Dee Dee Bridgewater performing in the off-Broadway musical play, “Lady Day,” about legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. (AP Photo/Cromarty and Co., Carol Rosegg) by Charles GansAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Dee Dee Bridgewater might have been a Broadway star were she not so successful as a jazz singer. She won a Tony Award in her Broadway debut as Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wiz.” But she later rededicated herself to her jazz career, touring the world, winning three Grammys Awards and hosting NPR’s nationally syndicated “Jazz Set.”

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At 80, Wayne Shorter performs ‘without a net’

This July 23, 2013 file photo shows jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter performing at the 5 Continents Jazz Festival, in Marseille , southern France. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File) NEW YORK (AP) — At age 80, Wayne Shorter isn’t ready to rest on his reputation as one of the greatest composers in jazz history. Instead, whenever he performs the saxophonist can’t resist the urge to “de-compose” his works and create something anew. “Jazz to me is something that doesn’t have to sound like jazz,” said Shorter, speaking by telephone from his home in the Hollywood Hills. “The word ‘jazz’ means I dare you. I dare you to go beyond what you are. You have to go beyond your comfort zone, to break out of the box. … You’re talking about not just music, you’re talking about life.”

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Entertainment

Guitar great Jimmy Ponder rests

In life and on stage with his Gibson Super 400 guitar, Jimmy Ponder was a force of nature because he blew people away. From the Hill District, to Manhattan, to Atlanta and beyond, he epitomized the Pittsburgh jazz guitar legacy. He died Sept. 16 after battling cancer for more than a year. He was 67.