Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is Feb. 20. Saxophonist and flute player Bobby Jaspar was born this date in 1926 in Liege, Belgium.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz-Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Jazz-Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Cleo Laine is really a jazzy dame

NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Cleo Laine is the most versatile of jazz singers. She has fashioned a career on both sides of the Atlantic since making a name for herself as soloist with the John Dankworth Big Band in the early 1950s.

Analysis: Radical Chic

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon have altered the American political landscape. The country is remarkably united
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst
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Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein receives a dedicatory medal of the John F. Kennedy Center from Mrs. Rose Kennedy at a cast party following the official opening of the center on September 8, 1971 in Washington with a performance of Bernstein?s ?Mass.? (UPI Photo/Files)

Leonard Bernstein ( /ˈbɜrnstaɪn/ US dict: bûrn′·stīn; August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim. According to The New York Times, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history."

His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world's leading orchestras, and from his music for West Side Story, as well as Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Town and his own Mass.

Bernstein was also the first conductor to give numerous television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954, continuing until his death. In addition, he was a skilled pianist, often conducting while performing piano concertos simultaneously.

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