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Louie Bellson, a jazz drummer and bandleader who combined remarkable instrumental virtuosity with far-ranging compositional skills, has died. He was 84. According to his wife, Francine, Bellson died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterEight-time Grammy winner and Los Angeles native Herb Alpert, who in November pledged $30 million to UCLA to establish the cross-disciplinary UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, has now given $15 million to the School of Music at the California Institute...
Daily PressSaturday night at the Hampton Jazz Festival was uncharacteristically mellow. The near-capacity crowd was friendly to all of the evening's performers, but rarely did folks get on their feet and cheer. Why could be a subject for debate. But one thing's for...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe military government's tightening grip doesn't give people here much to sing about, and when they do feel the urge to make music, even that can be risky. The generals who rule Myanmar have spies snooping around for subversives in the most unlikely...
Special to The TimesTHE GREAT jazz drummer Elvin Jones carried on a constant musical conversation with John Coltrane. It inspired me to have that kind of dialogue with Jim Morrison. Not that I was in Elvin's league, but his courage gave me the "huevos" to stop the steady...
Tribune arts criticThey rank among the world's most iconic images of jazz: Louis Armstrong lost in a reverie; Duke Ellington bathed in a beam of white light; Ella Fitzgerald caught up in a song, a bead of sweat rolling down her cheek. Stored for more than a decade in...
Special to The TimesWriters believe they can fix the world with a sentence. But it's always the next sentence. Salvation, redemption, the perfect last kiss -- they are all but one elusive word away. So we search. We can't help it. We search. We try. We throw out. We search...
(Editor's note: In this article, which first appeared in the Times in 1998, Oscar Peterson discussed some of his favorite recordings.) Like many musicians, Oscar Peterson doesn't usually sit around listening to his albums. If he did take the time to pick...
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FOR THE TIMESFriday October 15, 1999 Jack Kerouac never seemed to enjoy any of the liberating benefits of the social revolution he helped foment. Fatally stung by critics like Truman Capote ("It's typing not writing"), who scorned the stream-of-consciousness...
NEWSDAYHey, kids! We know it's close to finals and it's, like, the height of sadism to spring a pop quiz just before a May weekend. Bear with us. It's just one measly multiple-choice question. "The New Guy" is: (a) An argument for the abolition of high school....
TIMES STAFF WRITERWednesday November 22, 2000 Fernando Trueba, Oscar-winning Spanish director (for "La Belle Epoque"), describes his new film, "Calle 54," as a "musical banquet" to which he invited his favorite Latin jazz musicians to perform at a Sony recording...
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