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Jazz composer and saxophone player Jimmy Heath dies at 93

Jan. 20, 2020 1:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Heath, a Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist and composer who performed with such greats as Miles Davis and John Coltrane before forming the popular family group the Heath Brothers in middle age, has died. He was 93. Heath's grandson Fa Mtume told The New York Times that he died Sunday...

FILE - This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Lizzo performing

Lizzo, The Who, Foo Fighters among 2020 Jazz Fest top acts

Jan. 16, 2020 3:52 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Who, Stevie Nicks and Foo Fighters will join Lizzo, Lionel Richie, Lenny Kravitz, The Avett Brothers and Elvis Costello at the 2020 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, organizers announced Thursday. The festival, which annually celebrates the culture and heritage of New Orleans...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 19-25

Jan. 13, 2020 12:46 PM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 19-25 Jan. 19: Actress Tippi Hedren is 90. Director Richard Lester (“A Hard Day’s Night,” “Superman II and III”) is 88. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 78. Actress Shelley Fabares is 76. Country singer Dolly Parton is 74. TV chef Paula...

New York jazz fest to include a tribute to Detroit music

Jan. 11, 2020 10:19 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A New York City jazz festival comes with a musical slice of Motown. The Winter Jazzfest was set to include in its lineup a show on Sunday entitled “From Detroit to the World: Celebrating the Jazz Legacy of Detroit and Honoring Marcus Belgrave.” The Le Poisson Rouge show was...

FILE - This April 28, 2019 file photo shows Ellis Marsalis during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans. The New Orleans Advocate says the 85-year-old Marsalis has told the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro that he no longer wanted to play his usual Friday evening set. Instead, he'll make two monthly appearances as a “special guest

Jazz legend Ellis Marsalis retiring from regular gig

Jan. 8, 2020 6:17 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ellis Marsalis, a New Orleans musical legend and patriarch of one of the most famous jazz families, is taking a retirement — of sorts. He's no longer doing the weekly gig he's had for more than three decades. Marsalis has performed at Snug Harbor on Frenchman Street every Friday...

Jazz musician, Merv Griffin sidekick Jack Sheldon dies at 88

Dec. 31, 2019 7:20 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack Sheldon, an acclaimed jazz musician whose trumpet graced the award-winning song “The Shadow of Your Smile” and who was known to TV viewers as the puckish sidekick to talk show host Merv Griffin, has died. He was 88. Sheldon died Friday of natural causes, his longtime...

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'Lemonade' by Beyoncé is named the AP's album of the decade

Dec. 12, 2019 7:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The top 15 albums of the decade by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu: 1. Beyoncé, “Lemonade”: At the beginning of this decade, Beyoncé was already the greatest singer of her generation. She won a record six Grammys in a single night, had women AND MEN...

Purdue University planning new bands, data science buildings

Dec. 7, 2019 12:54 PM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University officials have approved plans for new buildings on the West Lafayette campus that will house the school’s bands and data science programs. Plans for the $20 million Bands and Orchestra Building will give dedicated space to Purdue’s more than 30...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2006, file photo, Tejano artist Joe Lopez looks back his family after his guilty verdict was read at the Cameron County Courthouse in Brownsville, Texas. Lopez, convicted of rape, will return to the stage next week in Houston after his parole conditions changed. Lopez was released in March 2018, under conditions, including registering as a sex offender and not visiting Harris County, which is where his victim lives. (Liza Longoria/The Brownsville Herald via AP, File)

Tejano singer convicted of rape to launch comeback tour

Dec. 4, 2019 6:46 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Tejano singer who was convicted of raping an underage female relative and imprisoned for more than a decade is preparing to relaunch his career with a sold-out show in Houston, despite the original terms of his release barring him from visiting the city and surrounding county because the...

Long lost Muhlenberg concert by Louis Armstrong found

Nov. 30, 2019 3:05 AM EST

MUHLENBERG, Pa. (AP) — The announcer steps to the microphone in Muhlenberg College’s Memorial Hall and introduces a performer who already is among the most celebrated and influential of his genre. “Let’s have a big hand now for Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong!” Armstrong...