October 31, 1999
On Day of the Dead I ask you to come home with me to see my altar. That's a better line than come and see my etchings. It works. You do come, like the spirits that night. You follow the cempazuchil petals and make your way to my door, that door abandoned and solitary a full year. You make your way and say you've been sad, and I say I've been sad too, because it's true, I have. The ghost of the one before you alive and haunting my heart, and I want and long for release from the hurting.
June 13, 2003 |
Nina Simone's daughter is planning bicoastal memorial services for the jazz diva, who died in April at age 70. Simone, a North Carolina native, died at her home in France after a long illness. A funeral was held there. However, her daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, has planned two services in the United States: one at Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church on July 26 and another in Culver City on Aug. 9.
September 14, 1986
McKenna's poisonous attack on Tina Turner really makes me wonder what the role of critics is in the first place. Is it to give a supposedly informed evaluation of artists' work? Or is it to level bloodthirsty attacks that readers can enjoy chuckling over with their friends? Describing Turner's passionate, even heart-breaking vocal on "We Don't Need Another Hero" as "biliously" whatever (I can't stand to look again) and comparing her unfavorably with Nina Simone and Etta James because they haven't had recent hits is despicable.
February 15, 1986 |
Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone and Miles Davis will be among the headliners at the eighth-annual Playboy Jazz Festival at Hollywood Bowl, producer George Wein announced Thursday. This year's lineup is unusually heavy in first appearances. On opening day, June 14 (a Saturday), only Miles Davis, Mel Torme and Art Blakey will be previous participants.
June 13, 1986
Here is the order of apperance for the acts at the Playboy Jazz Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The lineup is subject to change. Saturday, 2:30 to 11 p.m.: Cal State Long Beach Jazz Band; Newport All-Stars with George Wein, Slam Stewart and others; Rare Silk; Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers; George Howard; Yellowjackets; Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass; Mel Torme; Miles Davis; Andrae Crouch. Sunday, 2 p.m. 10:30 p.m.: Hennessy Jazz Search winner; L.A.
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December 29, 2006 |
Pierre Delanoe, 88, who wrote the lyrics for more than 5,000 songs for French artists from Edith Piaf to Johnny Hallyday, died Wednesday of heart failure, the French federation of authors, composers and publishers said. He was known for writing some of France's best-loved tunes, many with singer-songwriter Gilbert Becaud.
September 3, 2006
Tuesday is Be Late for Something Day. This is one of our favorites. We like it so much we are accused of observing it a little too often. Richard Keane, an expert in punctuality after 35 years in sales at Feldmar Watch Co. on Pico Boulevard, says there is one sure way to celebrate: "Be late to your own funeral."
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April 7, 2006 |
Don Alias, 66, a leading percussionist who was a highly sought-after sideman for an array of A-list jazz and pop music figures, died March 28 at his home in New York City. The cause of death was under investigation. In a six-decade career, Alias worked with performers such as Eartha Kitt, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Roberta Flack and Nina Simone. He worked with Davis on the great trumpeter's "Bitches Brew" and the "On The Corner" recordings.