Saxophonist Dave Koz was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 22. Barry Manilow and The Pursuit of Happyness author Chris Gardner were guest speakers at the ceremony. The crowd included actor Jason Alexander, Foo Fighters vocalist/guitarist Dave Grohl and Johnny Mathis. Chris Botti, Rick [...]Read more >>
Jazz drummer Edward “Eddie” Locke, whose 60-year career included long associations with trumpeter Roy Eldridge and tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, died September 7, 2009, at the age of 79. Prominent in New York City’s jazz scene since the 1950s, he performed with some of the giants of jazz history, and [...]Read more >>
On September 1, Sly Dog Records, an imprint of the Mack Avenue label, made Kenny Rankin’s first seven albums digitally available online (iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic, etc.). Physical reissues of those albums on compact disc will be released on November 3. Rankin, a fine tenor vocalist and gifted guitarist who handled [...]Read more >>
On October 6, Prestige Records will release Side Steps, a five-disc boxed set documenting John Coltrane’s work as a Prestige sideman for session leaders Sonny Rollins, Gene Ammons, Red Garland, Tadd Dameron and others. This is the third and final installment in a series of Coltrane boxed sets that Prestige [...]Read more >>
On September 1, Songline/Tone Field Productions released three Buster Keaton films – two shorts, 1920′s One Week and 1921′s The High Sign, and the 1925 feature-length Go West – on a single DVD. All of the films were originally silent films, produced before “talkies” came into vogue in the early [...]Read more >>
As a member of the Academy of Molecular Imaging, I visited Senator Kennedy at the Capitol Building in the Fall of 2003. Our group was hoping to get Medicare’s approval for the use an expensive diagnostic test known as Positron Emission Tomography (PET) for the evaluation of Alzheimer’s Disease. Toward [...]Read more >>
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