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Pianist Marty Napoleon Dies At 93

The musician passed away on 27 April (15) in Glen Cove, New York. Napoleon began his career in the 1940s, performing in an orchestra fronted by the Marx Brothers' Chico Marx, before...

Louis Armstrong To Be Inducted In Apollo Theater's Walk Of Fame

Jazz great Louis Armstrong is set to be posthumously honoured at New York's legendary Apollo Theater's Walk of Fame.The iconic musician will have a marker added to the walk in front of Harlem's popular venue...

Annie Lennox Announces New Album

Annie Lennox has announced her new album will be released this year.The 59-year-old singer will unveil her seventh solo LP entitled 'Nostalgia' in October this year.The record will feature a collection of Annie's takes on...

Tycoon Relaunching Fabled New York Jazz Club

A New York tycoon is hoping to evoke the 1930s jazz scene by relaunching the famed club frequented by music legends Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Earl Hines in the heart of Harlem.Minton's Playhouse became...

Happy Birthday To The First Lady Of Song, Ella Fitzgerald

Today is the birthday of the world famous pioneer of soul music, Ella Fitzgerald. Google celebrated the late singer’s life and achievements with a special doodle on what would have been her 96th birthday. In...

Louis Armstrong's Secret Daughter Goes Public With Memoirs After Letters Sale

Jazz legend Louis Armstrong's secret daughter has gone public with an expose on her late father after selling off love letters he sent her mother in the 1950s and 1960s at auction earlier this month...

Treasure Trove Of Louis Armstrong Letters To Mistress And Secret Daughter To Be Sold

Jazz great Louis Armstrong's love letters to his mistress and secret lovechild are among the items from the musician's archive that will go under the hammer at an auction in Los Angeles in December (12).Profiles...

Hackney Riots Heroine Pauline Pearce Stuns Britain's Got Talent

Hackney Riots heroine Pauline Pearce has proven that there's more to her than simply being a crime-fighter extraordinaire. The have-a-go-heroine is reportedly having a serious crack at the music industry and has auditioned for Britain's...

Adele Doesn't Need To Win Mercury Prize.

Adele "doesn't need" to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize.The Grammy award-winning singer's latest album '21' is up for the coveted honour next month, but Fun Lovin' Criminals frontman Huey Morgan thinks it would be better...

Adele Fans Want Her Dog's Poo

Adele's fans take photos of her dog's poo to sell on the internet.The 22-year-old musician has caught "eBay weirdos" following her around when she's walking her pooch Louis Armstrong in a bid to get their...

Frank Black Donates 100,000 Pound To Keep Club Open

Frank Black has reportedly donated £100,000 to a fund fighting to keep a London venue open. The Pixies frontman has backed a campaign to save the 100 Club, which is presently facing closure due to...

Frank Black Donates £100,000 To Keep Club Open

Frank Black has reportedly donated £100,000 to a fund fighting to keep a London venue open. The Pixies frontman has backed a campaign to save the 100 Club, which is presently facing closure due to...

Whitaker To Expose Louis Armstrong's Pot Use In Biopic

FOREST WHITAKER is sure to shock fans of jazz crooner LOUIS ARMSTRONG by focusing on 'Satchmo's' love of marijuana in his next movie.The Crying Game star will star as Armstrong and direct the biopic next...

Louis Armstrong The Subject Of Silent Biopic

Jazz legend LOUIS ARMSTRONG is the subject of a bizarre new silent biopic. Hotel heir-turned-film producer Dan Pritzker has funded, produced and directed Louis, about the trumpeter's childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana. The movie even features...

Whitaker Lands Armstrong Role

FOREST WHITAKER is delighted to land the lead role in a new LOUIS ARMSTRONG biopic after winning the approval of the late star's estate. The actor will play the legendary jazz musician in the upcoming...

Louis Armstrong's Drummer Loses Cancer Battle

Jazz great DANNY BARCELONA lost his battle against cancer at the beginning on the month (01APR07). He was 77. The drummer was LOUIS ARMSTRONG's longtime percussionist, who toured the world as a member of the...

Davis' Song Voted Best Jazz Ever

Three songs by trumpeting pioneer MILES DAVIS have been voted among the all time top ten jazz records. Davis' SO WHAT came in at number one, with ALL BLUES and BLUE IN GREEN also featuring...

British Jazz Star Mick Mulligan Dies

British jazz trumpeter PETER 'MICK' MULLIGAN died on Wednesday (20DEC06) after a battle with illness. He was 78. Mulligan and vocalist GEORGE MELLY formed a long-lasting musical partnership in the 1950s, and dazzled audiences with...

Jazz Virtuoso Davern Dies

KENNY DAVERN, a clarinetist and soprano saxophonist, who became an acclaimed torchbearer of traditional jazz and swing, has died. He was 71. Davern died last Tuesday (12DEC06) after a heart attack at his home in...

French Jazz Musician Claude Luter Dies

French jazz band leader CLAUDE LUTER died on Friday (06OCT06). He was 83. Clarinet player Luter first made his name performing New Orleans-style jazz in Paris during World War II, and went on to accompany...

Record Pioneer Irving Green Dies

Mercury Records co-founder IRVING GREEN, who helped break racial barriers by promoting black artists SARAH VAUGHN, DINAH WASHINGTON and THE PLATTERS, has died. He was 90. According to his grandson, Green died on Saturday (01JULY06)...

Jazz Photographer Hodgson Dies

Jazz photographer JAMIE HODGSON has died following a battle with cancer. He was 76. Londoner Hodgson, who passed away on Sunday (08JAN06), is best known for his black-and-white portraits of LOUIS ARMSTRONG, DUKE ELLINGTON,...

The Beatles Are Icons Of The Century

THE BEATLES have topped a poll as the greatest entertainment icons of the past 100 years. The ever-popular Fab Four beat off competition from ELVIS PRESLEY, screen goddess MARILYN MONROE and jazz hero LOUIS...

Jazz Bassist Lesberg Dies

Veteran jazz star JACK LESBERG has died from complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 85. Double bassist Lesberg performed with many jazz greats including LOUIS ARMSTRONG, BILLIE HOLIDAY, BENNY GOODMAN and EDDIE CONDON in...

Stars Communist Files Revealed

Late screen siren MARILYN MONROE was a suspected communist and tracked by the FBI. Newly-released documents reveal Monroe was just a number of stars the Federal Bureau of Investigation kept files on - including...

Dizzy Gillespie's Estate Up For Auction

Late jazz legend DIZZY GILLESPIE's estate is to be sold at auction today (14SEP05) in New Jersey, where it is expected to fetch more than $1 million (GBP555,000). Gillespie died in 1993 and left...

Cream Platinum Disc Contains Louis Armstrong

CREAM bassist JACK BRUCE was left confused recently when he decided to play one of the band's platinum discs - and jazz classics poured out of the speakers. Bruce, who is reuniting with bandmates...

Bounty Of Jazz Treasures Go On Sale

Iconic jazz memorabilia once owned by legends including CHARLIE PARKER, JOHN COLTRANE, DIZZY GILLESPIE and LOUIS ARMSTRONG will go under the hammer at an auction next month (20FEB05). More than four hundred items -...

Us Opera Star Robert Merrill Dies

Opera singer ROBERT MERRILL, best known for his renditions of THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER at the New York Yankees' baseball stadium, has died in New York. He was 85. The baritone sang with the city's...

Jazz Legend Illinois Jacquet Dies

Legendary jazz saxophonist ILLINOIS JACQUET has died at his New York home at the age of 81. According to Jacquet's longtime friend DAN FRANK, he suffered a heart attack yesterday (22JUL04). Jacquet was...

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