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October 30, 1987 | JACK JONES, Times Staff Writer
Woody Herman, who prevailed for decades as a top swing band leader only to become in his final days a sad figure overwhelmed by debilitating illness and a crushing debt to the federal government, died Thursday afternoon. He was 74 and died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he had been since Oct. 1, suffering from congestive heart failure, emphysema and pneumonia. The famed clarinetist and jazz innovator had been on a life-support system.
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September 26, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Docked in San Pedro, the Lane Victory has long been designated a historic landmark for its service in the Korean War, the Vietnam War and World War II. But the hulking 455-foot-long gray cargo ship rarely sees open water these days. So when the vessel pulled out of the channel Saturday morning and headed toward Santa Catalina Island, Ralph Wetterhahn declared that the Lane Victory was now alive. "Seeing this thing go to sea — when you crank up those boilers and those props start to turn — she's got life," said Wetterhahn, 69, a Vietnam War veteran who helped with Saturday's trip.
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NEWS
November 14, 1988
Helvetia Boswell, the sole surviving member of the Boswell Sisters, a popular 1930s trio whose innovative vocal arrangements helped introduce swing music and paved the way for singing stars such as Ella Fitzgerald, the Mills Brothers and the Andrews Sisters, died Saturday in New York. She was 77. Her daughter said she had been hospitalized for pneumonia.
SPORTS
June 3, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
Turn up the Perry Como . Listen to a little Glenn Miller . Oddly enough, or not at all when considering the protagonist, Lakers forward and occasional rapper Ron Artest was fired up by 1940s swing music going into Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Something certainly worked for Artest, who continued his recent hot hand by scoring 15 points and making three of five three-point attempts in the Lakers' 102-89 victory Thursday over the Boston Celtics. Maybe it was the more mellow music.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1996 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sobering news of Ella Fitzgerald's death did nothing to detract from the business-as-usual, party atmosphere at Sunday's second day of the Playboy Jazz Festival. Strangely, Fitzgerald seemed largely forgotten during the 8 1/2-hour marathon session. With some 24 hours for the news of Fitzgerald's passing to sink in, it seemed likely that at least some artists would prepare tributes, if only a song here and there. It was left to trombonist J.J.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Herb Jeffries is stuck with dual images. One is a sophisticated chap who wears a tuxedo and sings in front of jazz bands. The other sports boots and a cowboy hat and sings western songs from atop a horse. Will the real Herb Jeffries please stand up? Actually, the 82-year-old singer-actor will tell you both images suit him fine. His career took him from jazz singer to film cowboy and back to jazz singer--and that was all before World War II. Today, Jeffries is riding the crest of two revivals.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 1992 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bob Florence likes to think of himself as a realist. Much as he'd like to view his big band as a viable musical entity, he knows it's not going to get nearly as much work as he would like. "This has been one of the best years that I can think of," he says with a whimsical chuckle. "We've had maybe 10 gigs so far." Tonight at the Hyatt Newporter, the ripsnorting Florence ensemble will add one more to the list.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 1991 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Few people grow up to realize their dreams in the way Art Depew has. Since the first time he heard trumpeter Harry James, Depew wanted to become part of the band. "I first heard Harry when I was 12 or 13 and immediately fell in love with the style and began to imitate it," the 66-year-old trumpeter recently said in a phone conversation from his home in Los Angeles. He'll direct the late bandleader's orchestra at the Irvine Marriott on Sunday.
SPORTS
June 3, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
Turn up the Perry Como . Listen to a little Glenn Miller . Oddly enough, or not at all when considering the protagonist, Lakers forward and occasional rapper Ron Artest was fired up by 1940s swing music going into Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Something certainly worked for Artest, who continued his recent hot hand by scoring 15 points and making three of five three-point attempts in the Lakers' 102-89 victory Thursday over the Boston Celtics. Maybe it was the more mellow music.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 1998 | KEVIN BAXTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Can a man who spent the 1960s peddling revolution on the radio find happiness peddling nostalgia there in the '90s? If his name is Charlie Tuna, he can. Well, actually his name is Art Ferguson; he just goes by Charlie Tuna. But we'll get to that later. The point is, after successfully working a dozen disparate formats, from country to contemporary and from talk to Top 40, why should Tuna flounder in his latest role playing big band and swing records for KLAC-AM (570)?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 1998 | KEVIN BAXTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Can a man who spent the 1960s peddling revolution on the radio find happiness peddling nostalgia there in the '90s? If his name is Charlie Tuna, he can. Well, actually his name is Art Ferguson; he just goes by Charlie Tuna. But we'll get to that later. The point is, after successfully working a dozen disparate formats, from country to contemporary and from talk to Top 40, why should Tuna flounder in his latest role playing big band and swing records for KLAC-AM (570)?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Herb Jeffries is stuck with dual images. One is a sophisticated chap who wears a tuxedo and sings in front of jazz bands. The other sports boots and a cowboy hat and sings western songs from atop a horse. Will the real Herb Jeffries please stand up? Actually, the 82-year-old singer-actor will tell you both images suit him fine. His career took him from jazz singer to film cowboy and back to jazz singer--and that was all before World War II. Today, Jeffries is riding the crest of two revivals.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1998 | SONDRA FARRELL BAZROD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a recent Saturday afternoon at the Arthur Murray Studio in Woodland Hills, Jerry Jordan, 23, is enthusiastically teaching the latest dance craze to sweep the Valley and the rest of the country. He not only performs the steps but gives the history of swing-dancing to a diverse group of students. Nancy, who is 28 but looks 18, said, "I'm taking lessons because it's great that you can now dance with a partner. If you have to dance alone, you can do that at home.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1996 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sobering news of Ella Fitzgerald's death did nothing to detract from the business-as-usual, party atmosphere at Sunday's second day of the Playboy Jazz Festival. Strangely, Fitzgerald seemed largely forgotten during the 8 1/2-hour marathon session. With some 24 hours for the news of Fitzgerald's passing to sink in, it seemed likely that at least some artists would prepare tributes, if only a song here and there. It was left to trombonist J.J.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 1992 | RICHARD CROMELIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two years ago, Tish Hinojosa was on a roll. On her first major-label album, 1989's "Homeland," her voice had evoked comparisons to Linda and Emmylou, her sound combined commercial country with quality folk-pop, and her songs passionately addressed social and personal issues. In addition, the Austin-based singer-songwriter was active in social causes, and as the youngest of 13 children of Mexican-American immigrants, she brought an intriguing cultural perspective to her work.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 1992 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bob Florence likes to think of himself as a realist. Much as he'd like to view his big band as a viable musical entity, he knows it's not going to get nearly as much work as he would like. "This has been one of the best years that I can think of," he says with a whimsical chuckle. "We've had maybe 10 gigs so far." Tonight at the Hyatt Newporter, the ripsnorting Florence ensemble will add one more to the list.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1998 | SONDRA FARRELL BAZROD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a recent Saturday afternoon at the Arthur Murray Studio in Woodland Hills, Jerry Jordan, 23, is enthusiastically teaching the latest dance craze to sweep the Valley and the rest of the country. He not only performs the steps but gives the history of swing-dancing to a diverse group of students. Nancy, who is 28 but looks 18, said, "I'm taking lessons because it's great that you can now dance with a partner. If you have to dance alone, you can do that at home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Docked in San Pedro, the Lane Victory has long been designated a historic landmark for its service in the Korean War, the Vietnam War and World War II. But the hulking 455-foot-long gray cargo ship rarely sees open water these days. So when the vessel pulled out of the channel Saturday morning and headed toward Santa Catalina Island, Ralph Wetterhahn declared that the Lane Victory was now alive. "Seeing this thing go to sea — when you crank up those boilers and those props start to turn — she's got life," said Wetterhahn, 69, a Vietnam War veteran who helped with Saturday's trip.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 1991 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Few people grow up to realize their dreams in the way Art Depew has. Since the first time he heard trumpeter Harry James, Depew wanted to become part of the band. "I first heard Harry when I was 12 or 13 and immediately fell in love with the style and began to imitate it," the 66-year-old trumpeter recently said in a phone conversation from his home in Los Angeles. He'll direct the late bandleader's orchestra at the Irvine Marriott on Sunday.
NEWS
November 14, 1988
Helvetia Boswell, the sole surviving member of the Boswell Sisters, a popular 1930s trio whose innovative vocal arrangements helped introduce swing music and paved the way for singing stars such as Ella Fitzgerald, the Mills Brothers and the Andrews Sisters, died Saturday in New York. She was 77. Her daughter said she had been hospitalized for pneumonia.
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