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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.
By United Press International

Noted jazz pianist Anderson dead at 81

NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Jazz pianist Chris Anderson, whose sophisticated harmonies earned him prestige in his field, has died in New York at the age of 81.

Jazz great Joe Zawinul dead at 75

VIENNA , Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Jazz pianist Joe Zawinul has died in a hospital in his native Vienna, the BBC reported Tuesday. He was 75.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007.
By United Press International

Aretha Franklin announces traveling show

DETROIT, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Singer Aretha Franklin has announced that she is launching a national musical production based on "Aretha: From These Roots." The traveling production will tell the R&B and gospel singer's story of growing up in Detroit in her father's church, her trouble

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2006 with 124 to follow.
By United Press International

Co-founder of Mercury Records dies at 90

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., July 3 (UPI) -- Irvin Green, who co-founded Mercury Records and helped launch black recording artists through a jukebox network, has died in Palm Springs, Calif.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2005 with 124 to follow.
By United Press International

Jazz bassist Keter Betts dead at 77

SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Jazz bassist Keter Betts, who helped introduce the bossa nova to the United States, has died, it was reported Monday. He was 77.

Jazzman 'Keter' Betts dead at 77

SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Jazz bassist Peter "Keter" Betts has died at his Silver Spring, Md., home at age 77, it was reported Wednesday.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Aug. 29, the 242nd day of 2004 with 124 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2003 with 124 to follow.
By United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Guitarist Tony Mottola was born this day in 1918. A fine swing guitarist, he was featured for many years in Doc Severinsen's late night Tonight Show Band.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

Delmark Records, one of the most important companies in blues and jazz history, celebrates its 50th anniversary in this year.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
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Dinah Washington (August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963) was a blues, R&B and jazz singer. Because of her strong voice and emotional singing, she is known as the "Queen of the Blues". Despite dying at the early age of 39, Washington became one of the most influential vocalists of the twentieth century, credited among others as a major influence on Aretha Franklin. She is a 1986 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Washington was born Ruth Lee Jones in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her family moved to Chicago while she was still a child. As a child in Chicago she played piano and directed her church choir. She later studied in Walter Dyett's renowned music program at DuSable High School. At 16 as Ruth Jones, she toured the United States' black gospel circuit with Roberta Martin accompanying her at the piano. There was a period when she both performed in clubs as Dinah Washington while singing and playing piano in Sallie Martin's gospel choir as Ruth Jones.

Her penetrating voice, excellent timing and crystal-clear enunciation added her own distinctive style to every piece she performed. While making extraordinary recordings in jazz, blues, R&B and light pop contexts, Washington refused to record gospel music despite her obvious talent in singing it. She believed it wrong to mix the secular and the spiritual, and after she had entered the non-religious professional music world she refused to include gospel in her repertoire. She began performing as a teenager in 1942 and soon joined Lionel Hampton's band. There is some dispute about the origin of her name. Some sources say the manager of the Garrick Stage Bar gave her the name Dinah Washington, while others say Hampton selected it.

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