October 24, 1993 |
America can boast its true artistic geniuses and its media celebrities, but all too rarely do they coexist in the same individuals. But Edward Kennedy Ellington, whose childhood self-esteem led to his aristocratic nickname, was one of the rare ones. In him, genius and celebrity not only coexisted, they fed on each other.
October 19, 2013 |
There is something nicely unexpected about "Dancing on the Edge," writer-director Stephen Poliakoff's seductive drama of jazz and England in the early 1930s. The series, which begins Saturday on Starz (it has already aired on the BBC), forms a kind of "Upstairs/Backstage" story with a mystery attached and comes in five parts, plus an epilogue - appendix might be the better word - in the form of interviews. To be sure, jazz has often lurked at the background of British period pieces - Lord Peter Wimsey dragged to some Soho cellar, Bertie Wooster knocking out a chorus of "Minnie the Moocher.
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August 21, 2013 |
Marian McPartland, a jazz pianist and composer whose radio show "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz" was National Public Radio's longest running and most widely carried jazz program, has died. She was 95. McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Port Washington, N.Y., NPR reported . One of the jazz world's most visible female instrumentalists, McPartland's highly personal style was rich with colorful harmonies and briskly swinging rhythms, enhanced by a love of bebop, while adapting smoothly to the many stylistic changes taking place in jazz over the course of a career spanning more than half a century.
April 30, 1986 |
A 22-cent stamp honoring Duke Ellington, who died in 1974, was issued Tuesday on what would have been his 87th birthday. The Ellington Band, conducted by his son, Mercer, played "The 22-Cent Stomp" at a ceremony. Ellington, a jazz musician, composed "The 3-Cent Stomp" in 1943.