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south african jazz musician hugh masekela dies at 78


hugh masekela, the legendary south african jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist, has died after a decade-long fight with cancer. he was 78.






south african jazz musician hugh masekela dies at 78


south african jazz trumpeter and anti-apartheid activist hugh masekela has died at 78.






south african jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist hugh masekela dies at 78


johannesburg (ap) — south african jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist hugh masekela dies at 78.






jazz legend hugh masekela dies in south africa, aged 78


hugh masekela, widely known as the father of south african jazz, passes away after battle with prostate cancer.






jazz legend hugh masekela dies in south africa, aged 78


hugh masekela, widely known as the 'father of south african jazz' passed away after battle with prostate cancer.






south african musician hugh masekela battles prostate cancer


johannesburg (ap) — south african musician hugh masekela says he is canceling commitments in the near future because he needs all his energy to continue treatment for prostate cancer. the jazz trumpeter said in a statement saturday that he started treatment in 2008 after doctors found a “small ‘speck'” on his bladder, and had surgery […]






south african musician hugh masekela battles prostate cancer


south african musician hugh masekela says he is canceling commitments in the near future because he needs all his energy to continue treatment for prostate cancer.






south african jazz musician ray phiri dies at age 70


johannesburg (ap) — ray phiri, a south african jazz musician who founded the band stimela and became internationally known while performing on paul simon’s graceland tour, died of cancer on wednesday at age 70. phiri, a vocalist and guitarist known for his versatility in jazz fusion, indigenous south african rhythms and other styles, received many […]






south african jazz musician ray phiri dies at age 70


johannesburg (ap) — ray phiri, a south african jazz musician who founded the band stimela and became internationally known while performing on paul simon’s graceland tour, died of cancer on wednesday at age 70. phiri, a vocalist and guitarist known for his versatility in jazz fusion, indigenous south african rhythms and other styles, received many […]






south african jazz musician ray phiri dies at age 70


ray phiri, a south african jazz musician who founded the band stimela and became internationally known while performing on paul simon's graceland tour, died of cancer on wednesday at age 70.






ray phiri, south african musician featured on paul simon's 'graceland', dies at


ray phiri, a south african jazz musician who founded the band stimela and became internationally known while performing on paul simon's groundbreaking “graceland” tour, has died of cancer at age 70. phiri, a vocalist and guitarist known for his versatility in jazz fusion, indigenous south african...






south african jazz musician hugh masekela dies at 78


often called the “father of south african jazz,” masekela died in johannesburg after a long battle with cancer.        






south africa revives groundbreaking apartheid-era musical


the rise and fall of flamboyant, ferocious ezekiel dlamini, a black south african boxer known as "king kong" who was jailed for murder, inspired a 1959 musical whose black cast performed for multi-racial audiences, testing the apartheid system of that era. now the musical that helped to propel the careers of singer miriam makeba and trumpeter hugh masekela is back on the stage in south africa.






south african musician johnny clegg to go on farewell tour


south african musician johnny clegg, who blended western pop and zulu rhythms in multi-racial bands during white minority rule, will embark this year on his last tour.






macarthur fellow tyshawn sorey stretches musical definitions


do not call tyshawn sorey a jazz artist. “i’m not interested in being a jazz musician, i’m not into being an avant-garde musician or a traditionalist — i’m not into any of that,” says sorey, whose wide-ranging work — much of it embracing jazz syntax — has won him a macarthur fellowship. nor need...






john shifflett, popular san jose jazz musician and teacher, dies at age 64


john shifflett, known through the bay area for his talents as jazz bassist and teacher, and his warm demeanor, has died at age 64.






jazz man discovers life is not improvisation


dear amy: i am a jazz musician. i'm married with a child. my wife has a stressful 9-to-5 job. i play at a club several nights a week. my wife and i make ok money, and have always split the bills evenly. playing jazz has not made me rich, nor is it ever likely to, but i get by. my wife's work is...






ask amy: jazz man discovers life is not improvisation


i am a jazz musician. i'm married with a child. my wife has a stressful 9-to-5 job. i play at a club several nights a week. my wife and i make ok money, and have always split the bills evenly.






kresge foundation honors jazz musician wendell harrison


detroit (ap) — the kresge foundation has named jazz musician wendell harrison as winner of its eminent artist award for 2018. the troy-based foundation announced the honor thursday for the 75-year-old saxophonist, clarinetist and composer that includes a $50,000 prize. harrison says in a statement that he’s “always worked hard” and he’s thankful for the […]






roy ayers tells soweto youths: get serious and get inspired


johannesburg (ap) — jazz musician roy ayers had some rhythmic advice for youths in johannesburg’s soweto area: get serious, be inspired, rap on, keep on and “eventually you’ll get it.” ayers, who is in south africa for a jazz festival, radiated enthusiasm on friday as he urged a couple of dozen people at an arts […]






new graduate accused of killing 4 described as kind musician


a recent college graduate accused of killing his mother, grandparents and a caregiver was described monday as a good friend and talented jazz musician who showed no signs that he was troubled.






south africa's johnny clegg sings, kicks on farewell tour


at 64, his pancreatic cancer in remission, south african musician johnny clegg kicked high and stomped five consecutive times — the signature move of zulu war dancing — during a packed johannesburg concert that he says is one of his last.






hugh hefner left a problematic legacy, but his playboy jazz festival endures


a figure who was as influential as he was polarizing, hugh hefner built an empire that was ultimately based on ideas. sure, the dominant ones could easily be called lascivious — as well as exploitative, and inarguably retrograde — but his playboy brand was also built on providing a platform for...






south african hunter dies after zimbabwe elephant trampling


authorities in zimbabwe say a south african hunter died after being trampled by an elephant.






musician meredith 'mick' mcclain, whose passion for performing was revealed earl


he went on to wow audiences as a career musician, playing piano at minneapolis supper clubs, catskill resorts and with national acts.






south african big-game hunter dies after zimbabwe elephant trampling


authorities in zimbabwe say a south african hunter died after being trampled by an elephant. a wildlife official said monday that hunter theunis botha was with a client near zimbabwe's hwange national park when he "unknowingly" walked into a herd of elephants on friday. simukai nyasha, spokesman...






jazz singer al jarreau dies; spent formative time in minneapolis


grammy-winning jazz vocalist wrote his first songs in minnesota.






popular jazz singer al jarreau dies after being hospitalized for exhaustion


jazz singer al jarreau dies after being hospitalized for exhaustion washington (dpa) – jazz singer al jarreau died sunday in los angeles just days after being hospitalized for exhaustion, according to us news reports. jarreau died in the presence of a few of his family and friends, at about 5:...






'women in jazz' concert will put the music first with talent-rich lineup


the san diego symphony could not ask for a more qualified or esteemed musician than flutist holly hofmann to curate its saturday, march 18, [email protected] jacobs concert “she’s got that swing: women in jazz.” or, for that matter, a simultaneously more enthusiastic and reluctant curator. the concert will...






photos: hugh hefner, playboy magazine mogul, dies at 91


playboy says founder hugh hefner is dead at age 91.






allan holdsworth, electric guitar innovator, dies at 70


allan holdsworth, an innovative and influential electric guitarist who helped shape everything from progressive rock to jazz over the past half century, died sunday at his home in north san diego county. he was 70. holdsworth, who the late composer and musician frank zappa once said deserved credit...






south africa's johnny clegg returns to u.s. for 'the final journey' tour


throughout his 40-plus year career, south african musician johnny clegg has sought to explore connections between body and spirit, between aspirations and reality, between politics and society. that search, which often manifested in intense performances in which he tapped zulu dance traditions...






j. geils, ‘centerfold’ musician, dies at age 71


groton, mass. (ap) — musician j. geils, founder of the j. geils band known for such peppy early 80s pop hits as "love stinks," ''freeze frame" and "centerfold," has died in his massachusetts home at 71.






john abercrombie, influential jazz guitarist of the '70s fusion scene, dies at 7


john abercrombie, an influential jazz guitarist and composer who came to prominence in the 1970s with a lyrical, improvisatory style that applied the swagger of rock-and-roll to the loose rhythms of jazz, died aug. 22 at a hospital in cortlandt, new york. he was 72. marc copland, a friend and pianist...






revered jazz and pop singer keely smith dies at 89


keely smith, a pop and jazz singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards as well as her musical partnership with louis prima, has died of apparent heart failure in palm springs. she was 89. smith was under a physician's care when she died saturday, her publicist bob merlis said in a statement....