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Don Kirshner, Songwriter and Producer, Dies

ImageSongwriter and rock producer Don Kirshner died of heart failure on Monday at the age of 77 in Boca Raton, Fla. Kirshner wrote "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and managed songwriting talent including Neil Sedaka, Carole King, Howard Greenfield and many others, providing songs for The Monkees' TV program in the 1960's, including "I'm a Believer."

Kirshner's first major success story was the career of fellow Bronx High School of Science alumni Bobby Darin, which Kirshner helped to launch in the 1950's.

This Jazz Master Is No Musician

This Jazz Master Is No MusicianBy MARC MYERS

Orrin Keepnews can be prickly. The celebrated co-founder of the Riverside, Milestone and Landmark jazz record labels has been known to scare off the uninitiated with his blunt temperament. But when the 87-year-old greeted me at the front door of his ranch-style home here last month, he was borderline cuddly. "Cranky?" he asked, dismissing my description. "Impatient—I'll go along with that, but not cranky."

On Tuesday, the National Endowment for the Arts will honor the five-time Grammy winner with its Jazz Masters Award. For nearly 60 years Mr. Keepnews has produced a sizable chunk of jazz's most enduring recordings—including classic releases by Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, Wes Montgomery and Sonny Rollins.

60 Minutes: Wynton Marsalis

60 Minutes: Wynton MarsalisHe is an American master - Wynton Marsalis - at age 49, arguably the best known living jazz artist and leader of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, probably the best big band at work today. They're on the road constantly, bringing America's most distinctive art form to the world, most recently to London, Berlin and Havana. "60 Minutes" and correspondent Morley Safer were lucky enough to tag along - a joyous assignment, if there ever was one, trying to get a sense of this band of brothers, their music and their effect as unofficial ambassadors.

JAZZ .FM91'S FREE MOBILE APP REACHES 250,000 DOWNLOADS

Image Toronto, Ontario (January 11, 2011) – JAZZ.FM91’s Mobile App hits 250,000 downloads.

The application, available free of charge from the iTunes Store, offers jazz fans worldwide the ability to stream content live from Canada’s Premier Jazz station on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The JAZZ.FM91 Mobile App’s features include a Jazz Calendar, Jazz Festival Guide Listing, Music News, direct Twitter access, a unique Tell a Friend feature, Program Schedule guide, a Blog feature, and Podcast streaming.

JAZZ.FM91 is having an incredible response from listeners across the globe. Japan, Canada, Korea, USA, France, UK and a host of other countries worldwide have downloaded the JAZZ.FM91 Mobile App. Downloads continue to grow weekly.

Tristano School, Back in Session

Tristano School, Back in Session The New York Times writes,

HAD he enjoyed a different sort of jazz career, you might say that Ted Brown was finally making a comeback. A tenor saxophonist drawn to a light and lyrically swinging style, Mr. Brown turned 83 last month, with just a handful of albums to his name. For the better part of 30 years, from the early 1960s on, he made his living as a computer programmer. “I’m not good at going out and getting gigs,” he said recently, sounding resigned and matter of fact. By his account his last booking in New York as a bandleader was in 1976 at the short-lived Midtown branch of George Wein’s Storyville club.

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