A fascinating study in cross-cultural pollination, "Song" positively sings.
Striking a moody, complementary downbeat to electrifying Sundance opener "Whiplash," "Low Down" traces two years in the life of noted jazz pianist Joe Albany.
Jazz drummer and bandleader Chico Hamilton, who played with the likes of Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne and Duke Ellington before forming his own popular quintet, died on Nov. 25 in New York. He was 92…
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Marian McPartland, a renowned jazz pianist and host of the National Public Radio show “Piano Jazz,” died of natural causes Tuesday night at her Port Washington home on Long Island. She was 95. Over a…
George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career, has died. He was 67. A representative…
Paul Smith, a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and conductor for such stars as Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney and Anita O'Day, died of heart failure June 29 at…
In recent weeks, this reporter has received seemingly conflicting statements about summertime events claiming to be the grandaddy of music festivals. Festival Intl. de Jazz de Montreal, the 34th…
When the middle of June comes a-knocking in Los Angeles, you know that it's time for the Playboy Jazz Festival, the annual 15 1/2-hour outdoor music party for multiple acts and more than 17,000…
Storied Cuban jazz pianist Bebo Valdes, who played a leading role in the island's musical golden age of the 1950s, died March 22 in Sweden after suffering from Alzheimer's. He was 94. Spending nine…
Quincy Jones wasn't the first black composer to score a studio film.
There’s a new emcee in town for the 35th edition of Los Angeles’ Playboy Jazz Festival (June 15-16), which replaced longstanding host Bill Cosby with another comedian, George Lopez. This changing of…