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The DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music and Books has set the lineup for the first date in a monthly club series spotlighting the top works from its DIY Film Festival and DIY Music Festival.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Interview: Lady of jazz speaks her mind

SINGAPORE, March 4 (UPI) -- She has been in the business for more than 30 years and she doesn't mince her words. At 53, Dee Dee Bridgewater knows what she wants and it isn't fame or sellin
SONIA KOLESNIKOV, UPI Correspondent

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Pianist Clyde Hart was born this day in 1910 in Baltimore. After working with Stuff Smith, Roy Eldridge and Oscar Pettiford, he became a regular at Minton's Playhouse in Harlem where the bop style was being developed.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trombonist Wilbur DeParis was born this day in 1900 in Crawfordsville, Ind. He began his musical career around age 12, playing in tent shows and carnival bands. He had several bands of his own, including his "New" New Orleans Band, formed in 1947, after t
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

One of the great Swing trumpeters, Jonah Jones, was born this day in 1909 in Louisville, Ky. He began his career in Mississippi Riverboat bands then worked with Stuff Smith, Lillian Armstrong and McKinney's Cotton Pickers before taking a long-standing gig
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include country's Charlie Rich, who was born in 1932; Them keyboardist Jackie McCauley and Dawn's Joyce Wilson, both in 1946 (age 56); Cliff Williams of AC-DC in 1949 (age 53); Mike Scott of The Waterboys in 1958 (age 44).
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Dec. 14-20.
By United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Drummer Shadow Wilson was born this day in 1919 in Yonkers, N.Y. At the height of his career, he worked with many fine big bands, including those of Lucky Millinder, Benny Carter, Lionel Hampton, Earl Hines, Count Basie and Woody Herman. He was equally pr
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include legendary jazz musician Charlie "Bird" Parker, who was born in 1920; the late Dinah Washington in 1924; Dick Halligan of Blood Sweat and Tears in 1943 (age 59); Procol Harum's Chris Copping in 1945 (age 57); Pablo Cruise'
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2002 with 124 to follow.
By United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Charlie Parker was born this day in 1920 in Kansas City, Mo. He was a jazz saxophonist without peer. Many say he was a jazz genius and just about everyone called him "Bird."
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly package of Today in Music, for Aug. 24-30.
By United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trombonist, violinist and singer Lou McGarity was born this day in 1917 in Athens, Ga. He worked extensively with Benny Goodman, the Yank Lawson-Bob Haggart Jazz Band and was a founding member of the World's Greatest Jazz Band. He died in 1971 of a heart
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Billy "Crash" Craddock, who was born in 1939 (age 63); Lamont Dozier, one-third of the sound-writing trio Holland-Dozier-Holland, in 1941 (age 61); Eddie Levert of the O'Jays in 1942 (age 60); singer/songwriter Gino Vanelli in 19
By United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

This is the Today in Music advance package, June 15 through June 21.
By 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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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Dinah Washington."
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