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Times Staff WriterJoe Henderson, a tenor saxophonist known for his inventive improvisation and lyrical contemporary jazz style who was late to achieve the widespread fame he had long deserved, has died at age 64. Henderson, who earned three Grammys in the early 1990s when...
Sun StaffYears ago, back in the '40s and '50s, they were called "canaries." Female jazz singers were widely viewed as more ornament than musician. They stood in front of the band, glamorous in form-fitting gowns, chirping maudlin lyrics of love. But a closer...
Times Staff WriterNikita Khrushchev's eloquent 1950s critique of jazz pretty much summed up the status of that "bourgeois" music in the Soviet Union: He remarked that listening to it gave him gas. The early Russian jazz scene is most memorably explained by the night in...
Northeast MagazineThe lineup for the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival's 2002 season includes artists of great accomplishment who write words of stunning and serious beauty. Their resumes are impressive. Yusef Komunyakaa has won two of the world's top literary awards, the...
Northeast MagazineOn Mother's Day, mother was away. For a 17-month-old boy, it is evidently an inconvenience to be the child of two poet-parents. On any given holiday, one of them can stray from Trenton's leafy capital neighborhood to give a reading in a place called New...
Tags: James Dickey, History, Music Industry, Art Tatum, Joe Brown
Times Staff WriterIt's called "Tom Dowd & the Language of Music," but "Tom Dowd Invents the Language of Music" might be a more accurate title. That's how significant and influential the career of this unsung savant has been. If you care about the popular music of the...
Tribune arts criticWithout saying a word, teenager Yamile Cruz seats herself at the grand piano, places her slender fingers on the keyboard and, after a brief pause, unleashes a torrent of sound one might expect from a virtuoso twice her age and size. Though the battered,...
Amid jewel boxes and vinyl, they live to open your ears. Obscure. Snobbish. Frighteningly hip. Think "record store clerk," and the stereotypes aren't particularly kind. Are they going to insult us because we're looking for Billy Joel's latest disc?...
Tags: England, Oceans, John Cusack, Frank Zappa, Disc Jockeys
A young woman swathed in a luminous green gown twists and turns onstage, as if possessed. As she sways across the proscenium, bending her body in sinuous and hypnotic ways, a small army of percussionists fires off a flurry of backbeats, their tempo...
Tags: Arts, Dining and Drinking, Fencing, History, Louis Armstrong
The Washington PostOne brisk Tuesday, I climbed the stairs of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, following the path of Missouri's most famous slave. Past the towering pillars hung portraits of Dred Scott and his wife, Harriet, looking at once stern and refined. A plaque...
Many of today's symphony orchestra instruments have been around for centuries. The violin, for instance, dates to the 1500s and as a result has an enormous repertoire spanning 450 years. The saxophone, by contrast, wasn't invented until the mid-19th...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterSometimes it's the most profound part of a song, or the moment that interrupts a narrative's confident surface. Often, it's a backing up, a taking stock, a few seconds of reflection, poignant or even painful. The bridge -- also known as the "middle-...
Tags: Music Industry, Death, Pete Townshend, Aimee Mann, Dance
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