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  • Phil Stern
    Photographer Phil Stern dead at 95
    Photographer Phil Stern, who was among World War II’s most famous chroniclers before turning his attention to Hollywood and the music industry, died over the weekend at age 95.Phil Stern, an award-winning photographer who lugged his camera...
  • Aaron and Nora
    Tear-jerking obituary divulges true identity of Spider-Man
    Describing the unique odyssey that is any individual’s fight with cancer is maybe best left to the person doing the fighting. Not to defer risks trivializing the arduousness of the battle and the perseverance required to see the fight...
  • Tim Hauser
    Still-grieving Manhattan Transfer come to Northern California this weekend
    Under normal circumstances, it would hardly be newsworthy to note that the Manhattan Transfer is coming to Northern California this weekend. After all, the veteran jazz-pop vocal ensemble has been performing before appreciative audiences here for...
  • David Redfern
    Jazz photographer David Redfern dead at 78
    Jazz photographer David Refern has died. Here is an excerpt from his New York Time obituary.David Redfern, whose photographs of Louis Armstrong, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra and others captured a half-century of popular music and formed the core of...
  • Trending: The selfie obituary
    Trending: The selfie obituary
    A vital but often underestimated precursor to the funeral is the obituary. It appears in the newspaper, provides salient facts including the place and time of the funeral (or memorial service) itself, and in general serves as an announcement that...
  • Jack Bruce
    Remembering Jack Bruce and his overlooked jazz gem
    The news came over the weekend regarding the death of Jack Bruce, the bassist best known for his ground-breaking work with Cream. It tends to get overlooked from this distance, given Eric Clapton’s ongoing and well-deserved celebrity, that...
  • Brent Bushnell and Sofia Carmi
    Brent Bushnell. In memorandum. 1940 - 2014
    San Francisco has lost one of stalwarts of the art world. An artist and an environment activist, Brent Bushnell passed away last month at the age of 75.Brent was born in Los Angeles but his parents decided to move back to Utah when he was six....
  • jfprods
    Richard Attenborough worked with jazz giants on screen in "All Night Long"
    The movie world today is mourning the loss of Sir Richard Attenborough, who died over the weekend at age 90.Born in Cambridge, England, Attenborough was that rare film talent capable of excelling both behind and in front of the camera. In the...
  • Screen icon Lauren Bacall dead at 89
    Screen legend Lauren Bacall dies at 89
    Classic film star Lauren Bacall, famed for her sultry onscreen persona and her legendary romance with Humphrey Bogart, died Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at the age of 89. According to the Los Angeles Times, Bacall's death was confirmed but the...
  • Robin Williams dead at age 63
    Robin Williams actor, comedian dead at 63
    Robin Williams, the Chicago born comedian and actor who starred on stage and film has died in California at age 63 of an apparent suicide.The Marin County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that Williams was found unconscious and not...
  • Robin Williams
    Much loved actor comedian Robin Williams found dead in his home today
    It has been reported by his wife and his publicist that Robin Williams was found dead today shortly before noon in his home in California. Robin was 63 years old and his publicist has reported that he was recently suffering from depression...
  • Johnny Winter
    Blues great Johnny Winter dead at age 70
    Word has come this morning regarding the death of blues guitar great Johnny Winter.Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and ‘70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood...
  • Actor Eli Wallach dies at 98
    Eli Wallach, classic movie star, dies at 98
    Eli Wallach, an actor remembered by classic movie fans for his roles in films like "Baby Doll" (1956), "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), and "The Misfits" (1961), died on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the age of 98. The...
  • Horace Silver
    Remembering Horace Silver, his music and our meeting
    It is with genuine sadness this morning that I note the passing of jazz giant Horace Silver. Here’s the lead on his New York Times obit.Horace Silver, a pianist, composer and bandleader who was one of the most popular and influential jazz...
  • "Jazztime Tale"
    Ruby Dee meets Fats Waller in "Jazztime Tale"
    News has come this afternoon of the death of actress Ruby Dee. Here is the lead on her New York Times obit.Ruby Dee, one of the most enduring actresses of theater and film, whose public profile and activist passions made her, along with her...