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    Jazz Saxophonist Marion Brown Dies

    Marion Brown
    Marion Brown

    Known for his association with Archie Shepp, Amiri Baraka, Ornette Coleman and other bright lights of the 60s avant garde jazz community, Marion Brown died on Monday, October 18, in Hollywood, Florida. He was 79. Brown had been ill for many years and had not performed publicly in a long time. Brown recorded over a dozen albums as a leader for Impulse!, ESP, Black Lion and ECM, but is perhaps best known for his appearance as a sideman on two seminal records of the ‘60s: John Coltrane’s Ascension and Archie Shepp’s Fire Music.

    Tom Waits Releases 78 RPM Record and Player

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    Tom Waits' recent collaboration with New Orleans institution the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on the benefit LP Preservation was originally inspired by an old 78 rpm recording of Danny Barker's 1947 Mardi Gras Indian street chant "Tootie Ma Is a Big Fine Thing". Now, the song is coming full circle, as Waits and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's take on the tune is set to be released as a 78 record on November 19 by Preservation Hall Recordings, according to his site. (The B-side contains Waits' and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's cover of Barker's "Corrine Died on the Battlefield".)

    A New Initiative to Support Toronto's Vibrant Jazz Scene

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    Toronto – This fall, Toronto Downtown Jazz (TDJ) is expanding its commitment to year-round jazz and offering support to local area musicians for their special projects. Through a juried process, successful applicants will obtain marketing and public relations support from TDJ, accessing a wealth of resources and contacts typically reserved for Festival related concerts only. From the Festival’s monthly electronic newsletter, to our website to a dedicated media release and more, TDJ Special Projects will help get the word out.

    Still a Lot to Mine From Ella's Life

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    Tina Fabrique as Ella Fitzgerald in "Ella."

    If “Ella,” the Long Wharf Theater’s first production of the season, has a message about Ella Fitzgerald, it is that she was terribly unattractive and a horrible mother. Whether true or not, these attributes are treated as givens in this show. So maybe the producers should have a makeup artist drab down their star, Tina Fabrique, or recast the role.

    Sanborn Seeks Home High Note

    David Sanborn
    David Sanborn

    In 1989, after David Sanborn's career was taking off, the eclectic alto saxophone player purchased a 10-room apartment building on the Upper West Side and converted it into a single family home.

    Now he has put the townhouse, complete with a recording studio upstairs, on the market for $9 million, about five times the $1.45 million he paid for it. After more than four decades on the road that included an appearance at the Woodstock festival early in his career, Mr. Sanborn says he is ready for a lifestyle change.

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