Dec. 29: Actor Mekhi Phifer is 39. Actress Mary Tyler Moore is 77. Actor Jon Voight is 75. Country singer Ed Bruce is 74. Flutist…
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Marian McPartland (AP Photo/File) by Todd Leopold (CNN) — Marian McPartland, the famed jazz pianist and longtime host of NPR’s “Piano Jazz” program, died August…
NORMAN BROWN Michael Jackson has been an inspiration to guitarist Norman Brown. So when friend and musician tenor saxophonist, Kirk Whalum came up with the idea to create an album with trumpeter/flugelhornist Rick Braun and guitarist Norman Brown celebrating Jackson’s invaluable contribution to the music industry, Brown immediately agreed to be a part of the project.
Roger Humphries and RH Factor (Photo by Frank Greenlee) In an effort to provide people of different backgrounds and economic levels to enjoy the arts, Citiparks is offering its three popular summer concert series–“Stars at Riverview Jazz Series,” “Bach, Beethoven and Brunch” and Reservoir of Jazz,” again this year. Each series is sure to whet the appetite of all music lovers in the Pittsburgh area. “These concerts are a great way to provide no-cost access to the arts for families in the City, increase utilization in our parks, and to enhance the quality of life for our residents. We know that everyone cannot afford to go to places like the Opera or the Symphony, so our concerts allow people of all backgrounds and abilities access to the arts,” said Tim Ishman, assistant director Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation.