Virginia Wicks, Jazz Publicist, 1920-2013

April 5, 2013

Highly influential jazz publicist Virginia Weeks, who helped build the careers of Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Ella Fitzgerald, and countless more, died on March 20 at the age of 92. Wicks worked up until her health curtailed her activities in the last few years.

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Jazz St. Louis Hosts Jazz Day Jam

Jazz St. Louis will host its second annual International Jazz Day Jam Session on Tuesday, April 30. This program is part of UNESCO’s International Jazz Day celebrations that will take place around the world.

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NEC CI Student Daniel Pencer Receives 2013 Fleur du Cap Award

New England Conservatory Contemporary Improvisation master’s student Daniel Pencer and his brother Matthew Pencer recently won a prestigious Fleur du Cap Theatre Award in the category of “Best Original Music Composition” for their music for the South African production of Mies Julie.

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Bebo Valdés Dies at 94

Pioneering Cuban musician Bebo Valdés, a pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, died on March 23 in Stockholm of complications from pneumonia.

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Jazz Appreciation Month Brings 2013 Nesuhi Erugun Hall of Fame Inductees

On the occasion of Jazz Appreciation Month, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) recedntly announced Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, and Clark Terry as the 2013 inductees into the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame

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Melvin Rhyne (1936-2013)

March 22, 2013

Renowned organist and Wes Montgomery collaborator Melvin Rhyne died of lung cancer on March 5 at age 76.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater Set to Star In ‘Lady Day’ Musical

Tony and multiple Grammy Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater will star as Billie Holiday in the celebrated musical Lady Day, opening this September at Times Square’s Little Shubert Theatre.

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Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Swing University Releases Spring 2013 Schedule

Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) continues its 25th anniversary education season with the Spring Term of Swing University.

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Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Fest Hosts America’s Top Young Jazz Musicians

The 9th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival Presented by Monterey Jazz Festival takes place April 5-7, 2013, at the Monterey Conference Center.

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VH1 Save the Music Foundation, NAMM and NAfME Honor Music Education Advocacy Heroes

Senator Jay Rockefeller, Senator Joe Manchin and Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, were each honored this week…

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