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As a jazz fan, you really have to savor the select moments of the Playboy Jazz Festival, which began its 34th installment Saturday at its longtime home, the Hollywood Bowl. Because as a stand-alone, multi-day barometer of the state of the music, the...
Culture MonsterWynton Marsalis and the JLCO continue their mission as ambassadors of jazz at the Hollywood Bowl in a night punctuated by a tribute to the late James Moody....
Pop & HissLady Gaga has snagged a piece of pop music history in landing the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with her new single “Born This Way.” Even more significant than posting the highest first-week digital sales......
Associated PressJOHANNESBURG -- The first World Cup ever held in Africa opened Friday in a dazzling burst of joy, color and noise - and just a tinge of sadness. Before a jubilant, horn-blowing crowd in Soccer City, the spectacular stadium between Johannesburg and...
The Big PictureI've been revisiting the swinging '60s in recent days, working on an upcoming post about what Hollywood was like four decades ago when the "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" generation took over the movie business. But the records that came out......
Special to the Los Angeles TimesI was recently invited to review a superb jazz festival in Cheltenham, about two hours west of London, in the Cotswolds. "You're going to the Cotswolds?" my friends gushed. "Yes," I said. " Hugh Masekela will be there. And Jack DeJohnette. Nigel...
They came to West Hollywood on Monday night not to bury one of the celebrated figures in L.A. music's storied past, but to praise him. A few hundred family members, friends, former employees and just plain fans of Whisky A Go-Go co-founder Elmer...
Miriam Makeba, the South African singer who for more than half a century brought the intricate rhythms of her native land to millions of listeners around the world and whose role as a spokeswoman against apartheid subjected her to 31 years of exile,...
When my first book was published, in 1990 by Milkweed Editions, I didn't actually feel like a writer until I read at Dutton's Bookstore in Brentwood. Opening the box of books, holding a copy up for my baby daughter to see while my then husband made fun of...
Times Staff WriterTrumpeter Hugh Masekela strides purposefully through South Africa's Apartheid Museum, breezing past exhibits on the elaborate racial classification system that relegated black people to the fringes of society, past photographs of bodies of unarmed...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday March 21, 1997 When long-exiled South African filmmaker Jo Menell, producers Jonathan Demme and Chris Blackwell and co-director Angus Gibson joined forces to make the stirring Oscar-nominated documentary "Mandela," they decided to abide by...
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