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Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies

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Barrie Hall Jr., TSU And Duke Ellington Alum, Dies At 61

9 years ago by Chris Gray
UPDATED at 4:49 p.m. with more information. Barrie Lee Hall Jr., whom Duke Ellington plucked out of Texas Southern University to join his orchestra and later became its leader, passed away Monday at age 61. The cause was complications from diabetes, Hall's wife Lula told Billie Duncan of the Billie...
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New box sets revisit the legacies of Duke Ellington, Charlie Christian

7 years ago by Bob Ruggiero
Perhaps no musical genre has benefited more from reissues of older material and CD technology than jazz. Artists both famous and obscure and LPs long, long out of print have found new life in recent years. The vast vaults at Columbia Records have in particular yielded much, including the recent...
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Barrie Hall Jr., Famed Trumpeter, TSU And Duke Ellington Alum, Dies At 61

9 years ago by Chris Gray
Today the jazz world is mourning the loss of one of its greats...and one of Houston's. Barrie Lee Hall Jr., whom Duke Ellington plucked out of Texas Southern University to join his orchestra and later became its leader, passed away Monday at age 61. The cause was unknown, but a...
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Duke of Dissonance

21 years ago by Paul J. MacArthur
In the year of Duke Ellington's centennial, tributes to the master composer are more common than shaved bodies at an Olympic swim meet. But "10 Dukes & 6 Beats," by controversial and influential avant-garde saxophonist Steve Lacy, will be different. Called free jazz by some and noise by others, Lacy's...
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A New Name For Ellington Field? We're On It

11 years ago by Richard Connelly
The Houston Chronicle reports this morning that the city is proposing to change the name of Ellington Field in order to attract more commercial business.We can only say it's about time.For years we wondered just what in the hell Duke Ellington ever did to get a Houston airfield named after...
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Annual African American Music Gala 2015: Duke, Dett and Three Premieres

5 years ago by Katricia Lang
Roland Carter, guest conductor for the Annual African American Music Gala 2015: Duke, Dett and Three Premieres, chose to honor Duke Ellington in this year’s program, in part to mark the 50th anniversary of Ellington’s “A Concert of Sacred Music.” (The piece premiered in 1965 at the Grace Cathedral in...
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10 Old School Christmas Albums Worth a Listen

4 months ago by Jeff Balke
If you appreciate Christmas music at all — if you don't, we're going to have to ask you to leave — you have probably heard every Christmas carol and song known to mankind. And there have been dozens of versions of every tune done in every style of music imaginable...
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NFL Week 13: Texans 28, Patriots 22, Goliath Slayed — Four Winners, Four Losers

4 months ago by Sean Pendergast
Including the postseason, this recent run of dominance by the New England Patriots over the Houston Texans stretches back to December 2012. Who knew that when the 11-1 Texans would show up at Gillette Stadium in their letterman jackets, only to get their heads handed to them 42-14, that that...
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MFAH Puts "Jazz on Film" and In Your Ear

11 months ago by Bob Ruggiero
For the seventh anniversary of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s “Jazz on Film” series, Founder and Curator Peter Lucas has once again put together a screening schedule as varied as the music itself. Running over three weekends, it includes a mixture of material from the Jimmy Stewart drama Anatomy...

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