January 7, 1991 |
Guitarist and author Danny Barker has been named a 1991 Master of Jazz by the National Endowment for the Arts. "It's really something exciting," Barker said Saturday. "For folks like me, music is like water: You can't live without it." Barker, who still performs weekends in the French Quarter, turns 82 Sunday and will receive $20,000 that day at a ceremony in Washington. "Danny's musicianship is beyond question," said Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
December 31, 1996
Jazz archivist and historian Murray Glass will be on hand on Friday and Saturday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Bing Theater to present two jazz film programs from his personal collection. "Giants of Jazz I," which screens Friday at 7:30 p.m., features performances by Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Artie Shaw and Stan Kenton. "Giants of Jazz II," which screens Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
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May 29, 1997
Joseph Hoffman, 88, who wrote more than 75 screenplays and such landmark television series as "Leave It to Beaver." Born in New York City, Hoffman began as a publicist and served as road manager for Cab Calloway and his orchestra. He moved to Los Angeles in 1933 and wrote scripts, including "Sex and the Single Girl" starring Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood and "Against All Flags" starring Errol Flynn and Maureen O'Hara.
May 18, 1996
Al Berkman, 82, producer, author, musician, arranger and vocal coach for such singers as Eddie Fisher, Vic Damone and Linda Ronstadt. During the 1930s, Berkman played clarinet and saxophone with big bands and then became an arranger for Sammy Kaye, Cab Calloway and others. During World War II, he produced variety shows for military personnel, earning public praise from Eleanor Roosevelt.
December 19, 2007 |
Lifetime achievement Grammy Awards for 2008 will go to performers whose careers span more than seven decades and cross genres from big band and classical music to rock and country: Cab Calloway, Itzhak Perlman, Burt Bacharach, the Band, Doris Day and Earl Scruggs. In addition, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday that its Trustees Awards will go to Elektra and Nonesuch Records founder Jac Holzman, Memphis, Tenn.
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July 17, 2001 |
Maceo Anderson, the last original member of the groundbreaking tap-dance act the Four Step Brothers, died in Los Angeles on July 4. He was 90. Billed in their prime as "eight feet of rhythm," the Four Step Brothers began in the mid-1920s as a trio of unrelated teens at the famed Cotton Club in New York City and became a quartet in 1938, performing successfully for some 30 years under Anderson's leadership.
June 17, 1992 |
"Celebrate the Soul of American Music" (at 8 tonight on KTLA-TV Channel 5) is a star-studded variety show masquerading as a tribute to black music artists such as rhythm and blues vocalists the Temptations and the gospel-singing Dixie Hummingbirds. So forget that the awards aren't significant and enjoy the good-intentioned show, taped last month at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. For the most part, it's a fast-paced, slickly produced delight, and only partly a commercial venture.
March 15, 1994 |
Danny Barker, a champion of the banjo and a virtuoso guitarist whose career spanned 60 years with jazz giants of all eras, has died. He was 85. Barker died Sunday of cancer at home in his sleep. He had been diagnosed as having the disease in January. Although too weak to play, he reigned as the Mardi Gras king of the "Krewe du Vieux" on Jan. 29--a day designated by the city as Blue Lu and Danny Barker Day to honor the musician and his wife, Louise.
October 19, 2002 |
Lydia Lunch was in the audience at the Knitting Factory on Thursday shouting, "Just the way the devil likes it!" Pouring an 18-piece orchestra into a deep swing that eludes most rock outfits, J.G. Thirlwell performed his new album, "Ectopia," recorded under his cinematic-composition persona, Steroid Maximus, to shocking effect.