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posted December 24, 2007 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message
There was only a jazz vocalist category - and Oscar Peterson died today - so I thought I should make a topic that is just "Jazz"...

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posted December 24, 2007 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message
Jazz Great Oscar Peterson Dies at 82

TORONTO (Dec. 24) - Oscar Peterson, whose early talent, speedy fingers and musical genius made him one of the world's best known jazz pianists, has died. He was 82.

Peterson died at his home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga on Sunday, said Oliver Jones, a family friend and jazz musician. He said Peterson's wife and daughter were with him during his final moments. The cause of death was kidney failure, said Mississauga's mayor, Hazel McCallion.

"He's been going downhill in the last few months," McCallion said, calling Peterson a "very close friend."

During an illustrious career spanning seven decades, Peterson played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald , Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. He is also remembered for touring in a trio with Ray Brown on bass and Herb Ellis on guitar in the 1950s.

Peterson's impressive collection of awards include all of Canada's highest honors, such as the Order of Canada, as well as a Lifetime Grammy (1997) and a spot in the International Jazz Hall of Fame.

His growing stature was reflected in the admiration of his peers. Duke Ellington referred to him as "Maharajah of the keyboard," while Count Basie once said "Oscar Peterson plays the best ivory box I've ever heard."

In a statement, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said "one of the bright lights of jazz has gone out."

"He was a regular on the French stage, where the public adored his luminous style," Sarkozy said. "It is a great loss for us."

Jazz pianist Marian McPartland called Peterson "the finest technician that I have seen."

McPartland said she first met Peterson when she and her husband, jazz cornetist Jimmy McPartland, opened for him at the Colonial Tavern in Toronto in the 1940s.

"From that point on we became such goods friends, and he was always wonderful to me and I have always felt very close to him," she said. "I played at his tribute concert at Carnegie Hall earlier this year and performed `Tenderly,' which was always my favorite piece of his."

The American jazz pianist Billy Taylor called Peterson one of the finest jazz pianists of his time.

"He set the pace for just about everybody that followed him. He really was just a special player," Taylor said.

Born on Aug. 15, 1925, in a poor neighborhood southwest of Montreal, Peterson obtained a passion for music from his father. Daniel Peterson, a railway porter and self-taught musician, bestowed his love of music to his five children, offering them a means to escape from poverty.

Oscar Peterson learned to play trumpet and piano at a young age, but after a bout with tuberculosis had to concentrate on the latter.

He became a teen sensation in his native Canada, playing in dance bands and recording in the late 1930s and early 1940s. But he got his real break as a surprise guest at Carnegie Hall in 1949, after which he began touring the United States and Europe .

He quickly made a name for himself as a jazz virtuoso, often compared to piano great Art Tatum, his childhood idol, for his speed and technical skill.

He was also influenced by Nat King Cole , whose Nat King Cole Trio album he considered "a complete musical thesaurus for any aspiring Jazz pianist."

Peterson never stopped calling Canada home despite his growing international reputation. But at times he felt slighted here, where he was occasionally mistaken for a football player, standing at 6 foot 3 and more than 250 pounds.

In 2005 he became the first living person other than a reigning monarch to obtain a commemorative stamp in Canada, where he is jazz royalty, with streets, squares, concert halls and schools named after him.

Peterson suffered a stroke in 1993 that weakened his left hand, but not his passion or drive for music. Within a year he was back on tour, recording "Side By Side" with Itzhak Perlman.

As he grew older, Peterson kept playing and touring, despite worsening arthritis and difficulties walking.

"A jazz player is an instant composer," Peterson once said in a CBC interview, while conceding jazz did not have the mass appeal of other musical genres. "You have to think about it, it's an intellectual form," he said.

Peterson leaves behind his wife, Kelly, and their daughter, Celine.

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posted January 18, 2008 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1   Click Here to Email 1     Edit/Delete Message
It's a good topic to have. I've been listening to a lot of jazz lately. Most Ornette Coleman.

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Here's a good site for Jazz lovers in LA.

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posted June 02, 2008 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Diddley Dead At 79
2 June 2008 10:56 AM, PDT

Rock n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley has died from heart failure, aged 79.

The legendary singer passed away on Monday at his home in Archer, Florida after a long battle with ill health, his spokeswoman Susan Clary has confirmed.

The rocker, born Ellas Bates, suffered a heart attack last August, just three months after being struck down by a stroke during his tour of Iowa.

The star is often credited as a key figure in the transition from blues to rock n' roll and was best known for his homemade square guitar, dark glasses and black hat and his signature "shave and a haircut, two bits" rhythm.

He influenced a whole generation of musicians with his innovative use of the electric guitar, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen.

He won a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999 and was an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Some of his biggest hits include I'm a Man, You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover, Mona, Bo Diddley and Shave and a Haircut.

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Apollo Theater Launches Educational Program For Kids

The New York theatre which launched the careers of music legends Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Stevie Wonder has created an educational program for public school children.

The Apollo Theater Foundation has teamed up with the city's prestigious Columbia University to create an oral history of the famed Harlem venue.

The Apollo Theater Oral History Project will feature interviews with performers, cultural figures and politicians who vibrated Harlem as it became one of the Big Apple's cultural centres.

A university spokesperson calls The Apollo "the living legacy of the Harlem Renaissance - an enduring beacon of hope and vitality in our times".

Foundation president Jonelle Procope adds: "We want to document the Apollo's legacy and its place in American popular culture and African-American history and music. It allows us to begin talking to a range of people who were connected to the Apollo and its history."

The project - landmarking the theatre's 75th anniversary - is scheduled to be completed in 2010.

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posted March 09, 2009 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
Hoffman Eyes Jazz Career

8 March 2009 11:55 PM, PDT

Dustin Hoffman is chasing an unfulfilled life ambition to become a jazz pianist.

The Rain Man actor has starred in dozens of hit films in his thirty-year big-screen career - but he insists he would give up Hollywood in an instant to be an accomplished piano player.

And so the star has begun taking lessons to help him achieve his dream.

He says, "I promised myself that before I kicked the bucket I'd become a decent jazz player. The guy I'm practising with says he'll have me playing in a year.

"If God tapped me on the shoulder and offered me an ultimatum - acting or jazz piano - I'd make the decision in a New York minute."

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posted April 27, 2009 09:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Music lovers mark 40 years of Jazz Fest

* Story Highlights
* Music lovers all smiles on first weekend of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
* Musical lineup for 40th year includes Neil Young, Pete Seeger, Wilco
* Estimated 400,000 people will attend two-weekend festival
* Forty percent of the crowd comes from outside Louisiana

By Sean Callebs and Jason Morris

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- While attending the first Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square 40 years ago, legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and influential jazz artist Duke Ellington spontaneously led a brass band and crowd of second-line revelers on a parade through the festival grounds.

The spirit of Jazz Fest was born.

Now, the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has evolved into a two-weekend, seven-day party.

"We really set out to be an indigenous self-celebration by the culture -- like the world's greatest backyard barbeque -- and to celebrate the tradition of New Orleans," said producer-director Quint Davis, who co-founded the event.

"And now, after 40 of these festivals, we really have become one of those traditions."

Music lovers were all smiles during the first weekend, walking from stage to stage listening to great New Orleans jazz, blues, funk, rock, zydeco, gospel and everything between. PhotoSee scenes from the festival

Fans also were treated to huge national artists such as the Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, James Taylor, Erykah Badu -- just to name a few.

The two weekends of Jazz Fest are expected to draw 400,000 people. Forty percent of the crowd comes from outside Louisiana, and Davis said he was aware that this year's economic environment meant huge sacrifices for many to pull off making the trip. VideoWatch why Jazz Fest may be just what the doctor ordered for New Orleans

"The festival always has been this sort of battery to recharge yourself, your spirit and your heart and soul. Now more than ever, our festival does what it does and shows people the healing power of music," Davis said.

"The fact we we are daytime event, and the festival ends at seven o'clock means everything to the local economy. ... New Orleans during Jazz Fest we kind of call it a funk principality."

But just because the Fair Grounds Race Course closes at 7 p.m. doesn't mean the parties are over.

Musicians pour into the city's famous music venues, clubs and bars, collaborating with each other and jamming late into the early-morning hours.

Art Neville, 71, played the first festival 40 years ago. His first gig this year was Saturday when his band the Funky Meters took the stage at the House of Blues at 2:15 a.m.

Neville said the importance of the festival to New Orleans is enormous, especially after months of talk of plunging 401(k)s and foreclosures.

"The reaction I see from the crowds, I'm going through the same thing that they are going through," he said. "So we play music for them to try to make them smile for a little while or make them laugh and dance."

This is a place where people come to see legends, but also where younger musicians have a place to impress new fans. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, 23, has been performing since he was 4 -- when he was half the size of his trombone.

"I just want to spearhead and lead a new style of New Orleans music. A lot of people have been doing the same thing for years, and I just want to be one of the people who create the next 50 years of New Orleans," Andrews said.

Andrews joked that he got sick from eating 10 orders of crawfish monica at last year's festival. But the cajun cuisine here is no joke; it has become legendary. Davis said in many ways he considers the food here the best on Earth.

"You know it could be called the New Orleans Food and Heritage Festival," Davis said, joking. "It's not like any other festival. There's pheasant quail, andouille gumbo; there's soft shell crab sandwiches, pecan trout meuniere, oyster patty sacks pastry."

Of course, the music lineup is even more diverse than the food. Every year there are many draws in addition to the plethora of great New Orleans acts.

The first weekend this year held a special treat for Jazz Fest purists. Folk legend Peter Seeger, who will turn 90 on Sunday, performed folk gems with grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger and the rest of their band Mike and Ruthy.

"I think it's a fantastic job they've done here. Forty years, 40 years," Seeger said with a huge smile. "That's a tremendous achievement -- and to keep it going year after year with new things and old things tangled up together."

The second weekend features Neil Young, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt and the Neville Brothers.

For a city fueled by tourism dollars, great weather and music seems to be the equation that can trump an economic recession -- at least for a couple of weekends.

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