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6 share expanded Jazz Masters awards

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- At a time when Americans have grown accustomed to arts cutbacks, the National Endowment for the Arts has expanded its Jazz Masters program.

L.A. jazz club marks 10-year milestone

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The Jazz Bakery, a year-round jazz club built in the former Helms Bakery in Culver City, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a Nov. 10 all-star concert.

Chicago's Jazz in June opens Thursday

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., June 8 (UPI) -- The Ravinia Festival's annual Jazz in June four-day festival opens Thursday night on Chicago's North Shore.

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for March 29-April 4.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for March 15-21.
By United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Cornet player Nick LaRocca was born this day in 1889 in New Orleans. He was instrumental in forming the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, which played Chicago in 1916 and was a hit in New York a year later.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Debbie Reynolds, who was born in 1932 (age 71); country's Jim Ed Brown in 1934 (age 69); Rudolph Isley of the Isley Brothers in 1939 (age 64); The Tokens' Phil Margo in 1942 (age 61); John Barbata, who sat behind the drum kit for
By United Press International

Washington Agenda-General

By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Jerry Lewis, who had a hit song in 1956 with "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby," born in 1926 (age 77); Jerry Jeff Walker in 1942 (age 61); Alice Cooper guitarist Michael Bruce in 1948 (age 55); Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel in 1951 (ag
By 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

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2003 with 314 to follow.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include David Ackles, who was born in 1937 (age 66); Nancy Wilson also was born in 1937 (age 66); Buffy Sainte-Marie in 1941 (age 62); former Blood Sweat and Tears trumpet player Lewis Soloff in 1944 (age 59); Randy California of Spirit
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Saxophonist and flute player Bobby Jaspar was born this date in 1926 in Liege, Belgium. He developed his jazz reputation in Paris in the early 1950s before moving to New York, where he soon performed or toured with J.J. Johnson, Miles Davis, Donald Byrd a
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Condition -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Two weeks after she arrived in the United States from her native Italy in 1998, Roberta Gambarini stunned many in the jazz world as a virtual unknown with a third place finish in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today In Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Feb. 15-21.
By United Press International
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Nancy Wilson
Nancy Wilson arrives for the premiere of "Elizabethtown" at the Loews Lincoln Square Theater in New York on October 10, 2005. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Nancy Wilson (born February 20, 1937) is an American singer with more than 70 albums, and three Grammy Awards. She has been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, cabaret and pop; a "consummate actress"; and "the complete entertainer." The title she prefers, however, is song stylist. She has received many nicknames including "Sweet Nancy", "The Baby", "Fancy Miss Nancy" and "The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice".

On February 20, 1937, Nancy Wilson was the first of six children born to Olden Wilson (iron foundry worker) and Lillian Ryan (domestic worker) in Chillicothe, Ohio. Nancy's father would buy records to listen to at home. At an early age Nancy heard recordings from Billy Eckstine, Nat Cole, and Jimmy Scott with Lionel Hampton's Big Band. Nancy says: "The juke joint down on the block had a great jukebox and there I heard Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, LaVerne Baker, Little Esther". Wilson became aware of her talent while singing in church choirs, imitating singers as a young child,and performing in her grandmother's house during summer visits. By the age of four, she knew she would eventually become a singer.

At the age of 15, while a student at West High School (Columbus, Ohio), she won a talent contest sponsored by local television station WTVN. The prize was an appearance on a twice-a-week television show, Skyline Melodies, which she ended up hosting. She also worked clubs on the east side and north side of Columbus, Ohio, from the age of 15 until she graduated from West High School, at age 17.

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