Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans, how’s that for a moniker? Better known as Toots Thielmans, he was born April 29, 1922 in Brussels, Belgium. Toots was a jazz musician/composer and was known for his virtuoso harmonica playing, especially with Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder and Kenny Werner. Toots retired in 2014. He played accordion at the…

Vocalist Mark Murphy, a six-time Grammy nominee known for his improvisational skill and ability to interpret a wide range of song material, died yesterday, October 22, at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. The cause of death was not reported, but it is known that Murphy, who was 83, had been ill for…

Actress who enjoyed a fiery screen partnership with John Wayne during Hollywood’s golden age Maureen O’Hara, who has died aged 95, appeared in more bad films than she cared to remember but nevertheless emerged as a Hollywood star on the strength of her extraordinary flame-haired beauty and a successful screen partnership with John Wayne. She…

Just returned from two performances in Chicago with great guitarist Wayne Wilkinson.  Coming soon… October performances TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2nd -4PM Master Class  Community Music School Raleigh, NC Concert – 7PM Ruggero Piano Gallery 4720 Hargrove Rd. Raleigh, NC w/Benedetto guitart artist Howard Paul Saturday, October 3rd  7:30PM JAZZLIVE CONCERT Halle Cultural Arts Center 237 North…

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