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Sideman for Anita O’Day, bassist Chuck Metcalf organized Seattle’s jazz community

SEATTLE – The Seattle jazz community is gathering Wednesday at the New Orleans Restaurant to celebrate one of its own — bassist Chuck Metcalf. A onetime sideman for vocalist Anita O’Day and saxophonist Dexter Gordon — and a fine composer

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Sideman for Anita O’Day, bassist Chuck Metcalf organized Seattle’s jazz community

SEATTLE – The Seattle jazz community is gathering Wednesday at the New Orleans Restaurant to celebrate one of its own — bassist Chuck Metcalf. A onetime sideman for vocalist Anita O’Day and saxophonist Dexter Gordon — and a fine composer

Jazz saxophonist Red Holloway, 84, helped define Chicago bebop sound

MORRO BAY, Calif. – You could hear the sound of the South Side of Chicago in Red Holloway’s saxophone, his music gritty and tough and steeped in the blues. So even though he moved to Los Angeles in 1967 and

Jazz saxophonist Red Holloway, 84, helped define Chicago bebop sound

MORRO BAY, Calif. – You could hear the sound of the South Side of Chicago in Red Holloway’s saxophone, his music gritty and tough and steeped in the blues. So even though he moved to Los Angeles in 1967 and

Mike Melvoin, musician who worked with Sinatra, remembers marathon session with the Beach Boys

BURBANK, Calif. – Mike Melvoin, a pianist/composer/arranger whose credits reach from from Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys, and who was the first active musician to serve as national president of the Recording Academy, has

Mike Melvoin, musician who worked with Sinatra, remembers marathon session with the Beach Boys

BURBANK, Calif. – Mike Melvoin, a pianist/composer/arranger whose credits reach from from Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys, and who was the first active musician to serve as national president of the Recording Academy, has

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With a beautiful, clear voice, Kay Davis gave jazz composer Duke Ellington just the instrument he’d need

APOPKA, Fla. – Kay Davis, who wove her haunting soprano tones through many of Duke Ellington’s records in the 1940s, often using her voice as an instrument within the orchestra, died on Jan. 27 at her home in Apopka, Fla.

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With a beautiful, clear voice, Kay Davis gave jazz composer Duke Ellington just the instrument he’d need

APOPKA, Fla. – Kay Davis, who wove her haunting soprano tones through many of Duke Ellington’s records in the 1940s, often using her voice as an instrument within the orchestra, died on Jan. 27 at her home in Apopka, Fla.

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Grammy-winning arranger Clare Fischer, 83, worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Paul McCartney, others

BURBANK, Calif. – Clare Fischer, a Grammy-winning pianist, composer and arranger who crossed freely from jazz to Latin and pop music, working with such names as Dizzy Gillespie, George Shearing and Natalie Cole as well as Paul McCartney, Prince and

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Grammy-winning arranger Clare Fischer, 83, worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Paul McCartney, others

BURBANK, Calif. – Clare Fischer, a Grammy-winning pianist, composer and arranger who crossed freely from jazz to Latin and pop music, working with such names as Dizzy Gillespie, George Shearing and Natalie Cole as well as Paul McCartney, Prince and

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‘Jazz Master’ John Levy, 99, dies after managing careers of Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, other jazz giants

(Editor’s note: Imagine the people John Levy must have known in his many years managing the careers of jazz giants like these.) ALTADENA, Calif. – John Levy, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and renowned personal manager for

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‘Jazz Master’ John Levy, 99, dies after managing careers of Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, other jazz giants

(Editor’s note: Imagine the people John Levy must have known in his many years managing the careers of jazz giants like these.) ALTADENA, Calif. – John Levy, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and renowned personal manager for

‘At Last’ – In death, blues and soul singer Etta James, 73, finds respite from hard life

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Etta James, 73, the powerful rhythm-and-blues singer whose more than five-decade career spawned such enduring hits as “At Last” and “Tell Mama,” making her a profound influence on younger generations of female vocalists, died Friday. Ms. James,

‘At Last’ – In death, blues and soul singer Etta James, 73, finds respite from hard life

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Etta James, 73, the powerful rhythm-and-blues singer whose more than five-decade career spawned such enduring hits as “At Last” and “Tell Mama,” making her a profound influence on younger generations of female vocalists, died Friday. Ms. James,