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The N-word Gets An Airing

3rd July 2013

Paula Deen's use of the N-word indirectly helped CNN Monday night. In the aftermath of the controversy surrounding Deen's admitted use of the word -- and its repeated use during the Treyvon Martin case --...

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Herbie Hancock Leads All-star Jazz Line-up For Charity Gala

18th December 2012

Legendary pianist Herbie Hancock led an all-star line-up including Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding at a charity benefit concert in New York on Thursday (13Dec12).The musicians were later joined by...

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Scissor Sisters To Perform At Olympics Show

28th October 2011

The Scissor Sisters are set to perform a special concert to launch the 2012 Olympic Games.The 'Fire with Fire' group will take to one of the six stages which are due to be set up...

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Eric Clapton Fulfils Jazz Dreams

9th April 2011

Rock icon Eric Clapton lived out his childhood dreams on Thursday (07Apr11) when he joined jazz star Wynton Marsalis onstage for a special benefit show in New York.The guitarist was a guest performer at the...

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Jazz's Voice, Billy Taylor, Dead At 89

30th December 2010

Pianist Billy Taylor, widely regarded as jazz's most articulate spokesman, has died at age 89. "Before Wynton Marsalis, he was probably the most famous representative the jazz world ever had, a familiar presence on TV...

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Marsalis Lands Top French Honour

15th October 2009

Jazz great WYNTON MARSALIS is to receive France's highest cultural prize, the Legion d'honneur.The award will be presented to the 48-year-old jazz musician in a ceremony at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in...

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Pioneering Jazz Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard Dies Aged 70

30th December 2008

Jazz legend Freddie Hubbard died on Monday (December 29th) at the age of 70, his manager has confirmed.The Grammy-winner, who worked with the likes of Mile Davis and John Coltrane, was credited with having transformed...

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Fascinating Fact 5602

8th July 2008

Illness has forced NATALIE COLE to pull out of her Wednesday night (09Jul08) performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Country star WILLIE NELSON will take her place and perform with jazz great WYNTON MARSALIS and the...

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Mcpartland Honoured By Jones + Marsalis

22nd March 2008

Veteran jazz pianist MARIAN MCPARTLAND was joined by stars including NORAH JONES and trumpeter WYNTON MARSALIS as she celebrated her 90th birthday on Wednesday (19Mar08) night. MCPartland, affectionately known as the Grande Dame Of Piano...

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Marsalis Slams Rap

4th May 2007

Jazz icon WYNTON MARSALIS has attacked hip-hop culture, claiming the music is like "a 1840s minstrel show". The trumpeter hates the popularity of rap, which he describes as "ignorant" and "corrupt". He tells the New...

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Klein Advocates Arts Funding On Capitol Hill

15th March 2007

KATIE HOLMES' ex-boyfriend CHRIS KLEIN made his lobbying debut at a congressional hearing about arts education on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday (13MAR07). The AMERICAN PIE star testified on the importance of restoring...

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Marsalis Attacks Big Hip-hop Names

2nd March 2007

Jazz star WYNTON MARSALIS has launched a scathing attack on some of the biggest names in hip-hop - claiming the musical genre debases African-American culture. Using rap mogul 50 CENT and LUDACRIS as an example,...

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Wonder Marks Katrina Anniversary

31st August 2006

STEVIE WONDER has lent his support to hurricane-stricken New Orleans, Louisiana, at a star-studded concert to mark the first anniversary of the disaster. The singer was joined by blues singer DR JOHN, Grammy award-winning gospel...

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Man Who Conned Marsalis Sent To Jail

17th July 2006

A New Jersey con man who stole money from jazz musician WYNTON MARSALIS was sentenced to 35 months in jail on Friday (14JUL06). JAY BAILEY took money from Marsalis and his manager ED ARRENDELL as...

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Fascinating Fact 728

30th December 2005

Jazz great WYNTON MARSALIS will join New Yorkers who helped the recovery effort in his native New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina when he presses the button that 'drops the ball' in New York's Times...

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Stars Gather To Pay Tribute To Wilson

10th October 2005

LATEST: PHYLICIA RASHAD, CHARLES DUTTON and WYNTON MARSALIS are among the large number of mourners who gathered to pay tribute to AUGUST WILSON at his funeral on Saturday (08OCT05). Rashad and Dutton read from...

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Nbc Bosses Refute West's Comments

5th September 2005

LATEST: US TV network NBC has distanced itself from KANYE WEST's comments, after he blasted US President GEORGE W BUSH during Friday's (02SEP05) broadcast of A CONCERT FOR HURRICANE RELIEF. West, who didn't perform...

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De Niro, Jolie + Damon Help Hurricane Victims

1st September 2005

ROBERT DE NIRO closed the set of his THE GOOD SHEPHERD movie early yesterday (31AUG05) so that he and stars MATT DAMON and ANGELINA JOLIE could help raise cash for victims of Hurricane Katrina at...

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Fans, Family + Friends Remember Ossie

14th February 2005

Movie star and black rights activist OSSIE DAVIS brought Harlem, New York, to a virtual standstill on Saturday (12FEB05) when friends, fans and family joined forces to honour the late star. Davis' actress wife...

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Marsalis Urges America To Invest In Arts

24th September 2003

Jazz musician WYNTON MARSALIS believes America is losing its cultural identity - and producing a generation of ignorant people. The Louisiana native says that when it comes to his country's cultural identity, "apathy is...

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Woody Allen Offers French Support

11th June 2003

Legendary director WOODY ALLEN is fronting a new film to help boost France's image in America - and he plans to show off his appreciation of French fries and French kissing. LET'S FALL IN...

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Clapton And King To Spearhead Blues Event

19th May 2003

Music legends BB KING, ERIC CLAPTON, WYNTON MARSALIS, RAY CHARLES and WILLIE NELSON are among the artists who will play the BLOWIN' THE BLUES AWAY gig in New York. The event, to be held...

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