• At 83, George Wein Becomes The Newport Rebel

    March 4, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Associated Press:
    The founder of the Newport folk and jazz festivals announced Tuesday that he will produce both events this summer, returning to a leadership role after selling his production company two years ago.

    Jazz impresario George Wein, 83, said he decided to step in after learning that the new owner, the Festival Network, was experiencing financial problems and that the decades-old Newport festivals were in danger of being canceled.

    "I can't let the festivals die," said Wein, who had remained involved with the shows for the last two years. "They're too much of my life."
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  • Brother, Can You Spare a (Duke Ellington) Quarter?

    February 24, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Duke Ellington QuarterFrom the AP Wire:
    WASHINGTON - Jazz musician Duke Ellington has become the first black American to be prominently featured on a U.S. coin in circulation with the release of a quarter honoring the District of Columbia.

    U.S. Mint and D.C. officials celebrated the release of the coin Tuesday during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
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  • Rhythm and Blues Guitarist Snooks Eaglin Dies

    February 18, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Word from Keith Spera from the Times-Picayune in New Orleans - Fird "Snooks" Eaglin has died. He was 72. For those of you who don't know Snooks, he was a pistol. And a hellified guitar strummer and singer. I'll never forgot those pledge drives on WWOZ - partying in the studio during Billy Delle's Records From the Crypt, phones ringing off the hook, and the money just rolling in. Music and entertainment from Allen Toussaint, Ernie K-Doe, and Snooks, who got funnier and funnier as the night wore on. Of course, he was always drinking that electric lemonade! Who could forget the number when Snooks kept on singing - "5-6-8, 1-2-3-4." I'll miss you, Snooks.