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George Avakian (1919-2017)

George Avakian, who as an executive and producer at Columbia Records in the 1940s and '50s created a successful formula for packaging jazz as popular music and who signed Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and Johnny Mathis to the label, among others, died November 22. He was 98.

Della Reese (1931-2017)

Della Reese, best known as the boss of a band of earth-bound divine messengers on the 1990s TV series Touched By an Angel who began her career decades earlier in recording studios and supper clubs as an earthy pop singer, died on Nov. 19. She was 86.

Buddy Collette: Bossa Nova

I love "jazz samba"—early bossa nova albums recorded by American jazz artists in the 1960s.

Videos: Wild Bill Davis + Duke

Earlier this week, I posted on the tasty genius of organ pioneer Wild Bill Davis. Here are two videos featuring Davis, both with Duke Ellington.

Dizzy Gillespie in London, 1966

Celebrate Dizzy Gillespie's Centennial w/ Marc Myers' four-part series of tributes.

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