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Jazz Condition -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

One sure way to test the mettle of an industry or an art form's most dedicated participants is to hold a convention in frigid Toronto in early January -- and wa
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

New Orleans guitarist Danny Barker, a mentor to many emerging players during his long career, was born this day in 1909. He also was a major force in reviving New Orleans''''s brass band scene in the 1980s. Barker died in 1994.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trumpeter Wendell Culley was born this day in 1906 in Worcester, Mass. He worked with Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie, principally as a section player.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Condition -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Three men, three different instruments, music of poetic beauty -- and lives often overshadowed by tragedy.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

New Orleans rockers The Radiators partied with a group of fans at the Atlantis Resort complex in the Bahamas. The "Aztec Vacation" theme party was arranged by graphic artist Kingsley Stoken, whose colorful poster designs are the calling card of his Radia
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

New Orleans rockers The Radiators spent the weekend partying with a group of fans at the Atlantis Resort complex in the Bahamas.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Phish is set to treat its fans with a reunion after a two-year break during which various members did a lot of playing with a variety of other musicians.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

W.C. Handy, the father of the blues, was born this date in 1873 in Florence, Ala. His compositions, including "Memphis Blues," "St. Louis Blues" and "Beale Street Blues," remain an important part of the jazz repertoire.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Drummer Gus Johnson was born this day in 1913 in Tyler, Texas. He was a sideman for singers Lena Horn and Ella Fitzgerald, and also powered the big bands of Jay McShann, Earl Hines, Count Basie and Woody Herman.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Phish is set to treat its fans with a reunion after a two-year break during which various members did a lot of playing with a variety of other musicians.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Ferdinand Joseph Lemott, better known to the music world as Jelly Roll Morton, was born this day in 1890. By the time he was 12 years old, he was playing ragtime piano in bordellos in the Storyville section of his native New Orleans.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Big band trumpeter Ray Wetzel was born this day in 1924 in Parkersburg, W.Va. He was lead trumpeter in the big bands of Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Tommy Dorsey and with the Metronome All-Stars. He died in an auto accident in Colorado in 1951.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include Drifters bassist Bill Pinkney, who was born in 1925 (age 77); Bobby Helms in 1933 (age 69); drummer Tommy Aldrich of Ozzy Osbourne's band, in 1942 (age 60); Spencer Davis Group drummer Peter York also in 1942 (age 60); so
By United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Bandleader Claude Thornhill was born this day in 1909 in Terre Haute, Ind. He died in July 1965.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly package of Today in Music for Aug. 10-16.
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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