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Broadway musical 'Soul Doctor' to close Sunday

Broadway musical 'Soul Doctor' to close Sunday

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The stage musical "Soul Doctor" is to close Sunday after playing 32 previews and 66 regular performances on Broadway, producers said.
King, Ross to host 'Black Girls Rock 2011'

King, Ross to host 'Black Girls Rock 2011'

BRONX, N.Y., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King are to serve as co-hosts of BET's "Black Girls Rock" TV special, set to tape next month in the Bronx in New York.

Online radio station dedicated to Obama

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama has eclectic taste in music, the offerings on a new supportive online radio station indicate.

'Morning Becomes Eclectic' turns 30

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 28 (UPI) -- Groundbreaking "Morning Becomes Eclectic" marks 30 years giving independent musicians airtime and providing free-form programming on U.S. public radio.

Chrysler podcasts embracing music greats

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- In an effort to promote its new redesigned Sebring model, U.S. auto manufacturer Chrysler is offering a series of podcasts celebrating various musical greats.

Mary J. Blige takes on Simone biopic

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- R&B singer Mary J. Blige will portray "the high priestess of soul," Nina Simone, for an MTV Films biopic, it was announced Monday.

Unique choices on Brit best cover list

LONDON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Jimi Hendrix's version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" has been named best cover song ever by music critics of Britain's Daily Telegraph.

Elton John notes lack of anti-war songs

NEW YORK, July 17 (UPI) -- British singer Elton John says the U.S. government is using "bullying tactics" to keep entertainers from speaking out against the war in Iraq.

The jazz world's losses were many

The jazz world said farewell to many of its performers and supporting figures during 2003. So many, it departed that it seemed there would be a surge on the perpetual jazz big band -- wherever it lives on.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

2003: The year in jazz

For the jazz world, 2003 will be remembered as a year to celebrate the past, help those in need, mourn indelible losses, welcome back a long-lost soul -- and build for the future.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Drum master in Kwanzaa tribute

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Master drummer Juma Santos is holding drumming seminars in New Orleans and will play during the New Orleans Public Schools' 10th annual Kwanzaa Extravaganza.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

The jazz world's losses were many

The jazz world said farewell to many of its performers and supporting figures during 2003. So many, it departed that it seemed there would be a surge on the per
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

2003: the year in jazz

For the jazz world, 2003 will be remembered as a year to celebrate the past, help those in need, mourn indelible losses, welcome back a long-lost soul -- and bu
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Musicians' emergency fund faces challenges

In Greek mythology, Atlas was the man condemned to carry the world on his back. To many aging jazz musicians, and some younger in age who find themselves in a b
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Clarinetist Rod Cless was born this day in Lennox, Iowa, in 1907. He recorded with Muggsy Spanier, Frank Teschemacher, Gene Krupa and Mezz Mezzrow. He died in 1944 at age 37 after a drunken fall.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International
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Nina Simone
NYP2003042206 - NEW YORK, APRIL 22 (UPI) Nina Simone, shown at her last performance at New York City's Carnegie Hall on April 13, 2002, died on April 21, 2003 at her home in the south of France. The 70 year old Jazz and soul singer from North Carolina was noted for her civil rights songs and interpretations of gospel and ballads. nn/Ezio Petersen UPI
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Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933–April 21, 2003), better known by her stage name Nina Simone (/ˈniːnə sɨˈmoʊn/), was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. Although she disliked being categorized, Simone is most associated with jazz music. Simone originally aspired to become a classical pianist, but her work covers an eclectic variety of musical styles that include classical, jazz, blues, soul, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. Her vocal style is characterized by intense passion, a loose vibrato, and a slightly androgynous timbre, in part due to her unusually low vocal range which veered between the alto and tenor ranges (occasionally even reaching baritone lows). Also known as The High Priestess of Soul, she paid great attention to the musical expression of emotions. Within one album or concert she could fluctuate between exuberant happiness and tragic melancholy. These fluctuations also characterized her own personality and personal life, amplified by bipolar disorder with which she was diagnosed in the mid-1960s, something not revealed until after her death in 2003. According to Nadine Cohodas, Simone's biographer, Ms. Simone was first diagnosed with multiple personality disorder and later with schizophrenia.

Simone recorded over 40 live and studio albums, the greatest body of her work released between 1958 (when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue) and 1974. Her most well known songs include "My Baby Just Cares for Me", "I Put a Spell on You", "Four Women", "I Loves You Porgy", "Feeling Good", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Sinnerman", "To Be Young, Gifted and Black", "Mississippi Goddam", "Ain't Got No, I Got Life" and "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl".

Her music and message made a strong and lasting impact on culture, illustrated by the numerous contemporary artists who cite her as an important influence (see Legacy and influence). Several hip hop musicians and other modern artists sample and remix Simone's rhythms and beats on their tracks. In particular, Talib Kweli and Mos Def routinely pay tribute to her outstanding and soulful musical style. Many of her songs are featured on motion picture soundtracks, as well as in video games, commercials, and TV series.

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