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Benny Carter, the master arranger of big band swing

For a couple of reasons Benny Carter stayed on my mind this week. His memory was first evoked during a discussion of the history of the Apollo Theater.

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A spiritual reunion between Miles and Trane

Tributes to the music and legacy of Miles Davis and John Coltrane were only feet apart recently at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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Duke Ellington’s sacred concerts revived at Grace Congregational Church

Last week the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts hosted its 24th International Study Group on the peerless composer.

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Trump ‘a disaster waiting to happen,’ Clinton says

Hillary Clinton, approximately 90 delegate votes away from being the Democratic presidential nominee, has turned down Sen. Bernie Sanders’ request for a debate before the June 7 primary in California.

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The Duke is tops

To capture the majesty and influence of Duke Ellington’s music requires a yearlong activity, each day representing a tenth of his compositions, many of them immortal standards.

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Passionate political activist Ramon Jimenez dead at 67

Ramon Jimenez, a voice for the voiceless and an outspoken member of the Green Party, died Tuesday of prostate cancer. He was 67.

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Clinton edges Sanders in Kentucky, loses in Oregon

No matter whose polls or numbers you consult, Hillary Clinton has outdistanced her opponent thus far in the race to be the Democratic presidential nominee.

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Literary giants Ishmael Reed and Haki Madhubuti in town

There are two opportunities for folks in the region to spend time with the eminent author Ishmael Reed.

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Remembering Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign

Wednesday, the People’s Organization for Progress, led by activist Larry Hamm, held a march and rally commemorating the 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign to End Poverty and Racism and to Demand an Economic Bill of Rights.

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James Haughton, crusader against the construction industry

There was a time a score of years ago when monthly visits to Jim Haughton’s place in lower Manhattan were part of a routine exercised by local—and a few national—activists.

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