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'Dancing on the Edge' miniseries to premiere on Starz Oct. 19

'Dancing on the Edge' miniseries to premiere on Starz Oct. 19

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The British miniseries "Dancing on the Edge" will premiere in the United States Oct. 19, Starz announced Tuesday.
Fantasia to appear in 'After Midnight' musical revue on Broadway

Fantasia to appear in 'After Midnight' musical revue on Broadway

NEW YORK, July 20 (UPI) -- Fantasia Barrino has been tapped to appear in the Broadway musical revue, "After Midnight," a celebration of Duke Ellington, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller dies at age 57

ALLENTOWN, Pa., June 2 (UPI) -- Mulgrew Miller, a jazz pianist who got his start with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, died in Allentown, Pa., his record label officials said. He was 57.
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Nat King Cole's wife Maria dead at 90

BOCA RATON, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- Maria Cole, wife of late music icon Nat "King" Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole, died in Florida after a bout with cancer, her children said. She was 90.
Historic Howard Theatre reopens this week

Historic Howard Theatre reopens this week

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- The Howard Theatre, a historic African-American arts landmark in Washington, is reopening this week after a $29 million renovation and 32-year hiatus.

Duke Ellington on back of D.C. quarter

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Jazz icon Duke Ellington is the first African-American musician on a circulating U.S. coin, his image on the District of Columbia quarter, the U.S. Mint said.
Museum to hang Bennett's Duke painting

Museum to hang Bennett's Duke painting

NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Singer Tony Bennett's painting of Duke Ellington has been accepted into the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, RPM Productions said.
Stamps to honor black entertainment icons

Stamps to honor black entertainment icons

WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Postal Service says it will offer a series of stamps highlighting the African-American cultural experience through vintage publicity posters.
Seattle's famed Washington Hall for sale

Seattle's famed Washington Hall for sale

SEATTLE, June 30 (UPI) -- Washington Hall, where Fats Domino, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington played back when black performers weren't welcome in Seattle's white venues, is for sale.

Tap dancer Jimmy Slyde dead at 80

BROCKTON, Mass., May 18 (UPI) -- Jimmy Slyde, a leading U.S. tap dancer during the big-band era, has died in Hanson, Mass. He was 80.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, April 29, 2008.
By United Press International

Owner: Cotton Club not for sale

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The owner of a 30-year-old New York successor to Harlem's Cotton Club is fighting Columbia University's plan to take it over in the name of campus expansion.

Hancock salutes Mitchell on new album

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- American jazz great Herbie Hancock said his new album is more than just a tribute to Joni Mitchell.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Sunday, April 29, 2007.
By United Press International

Jazz clarinetist Tony Scott dead at 85

ROME, March 31 (UPI) -- Jazz clarinetist Tony Scott, who helped his instrument break barriers in the bebop scene, has died at his home in Rome of prostate cancer.

Public figures figure in D.C. museum

WASHINGTON, March 1 (UPI) -- Bill and Hillary Clinton are returning to Washington this fall, but don't be surprised if they're a little stiff and, well, fake.

Jazz composer, teacher Jimmy Cheatham dies

LA JOLLA, Calif., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Jimmy Cheatham, a jazz trombonist, arranger and composer, died in a La Jolla, Calif., hospital of a heart-related problem, his wife said.

Postage stamp to immortalize Fitzgerald

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Iconic jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald is to have her image immortalized in the 30th offering in the U.S. Postal Service's Postal Service's Black Heritage series.

Kid Rock among mourners at Ertegun funeral

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- At the recent funeral of Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, U.S. singer Kid Rock was among those paying their respects to the late music mogul.

Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records dies

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Ahmet Ertegun, the Turkish diplomat's son who shaped popular music in the United States by founding Atlantic Records, died Thursday of a brain injury at 83.

Ahmet Ertegun has serious head injury

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records, was in a coma after falling backstage at former President Bill Clinton's birthday party in New York.

Sax player Gilbert reviews 95-year career

STUDIO CITY, Calif., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. saxophonist Peggy Gilbert, at 101, has had a long and animated career as a jazz musician, including being an "all girl" band leader of the 1920s.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, April 29, the 119th day of 2006 with 246 to follow.
By United Press International

H'wood ground-breaker Gordon Parks dead

NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) -- Hollywood's first major black director, Gordon Parks, best known for "Shaft" and "The Learning Tree," has died in New York. He was 93.
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