Hank Jones, Marilyn Monroe and Jazz Precision

Posted on August 13th, 2020
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Since its emergence at the turn of the 20th century, jazz has always been blessed with an abundance of accomplished pianists. Looking over the names, it is truly an embarrassment of riches: Herbie Hancock, Teddy Wilson, Erroll Garner, Bill Evans, Dave McKenna, Oscar Peterson, Earl Hines, McCoy Tyner, Art Tatum and Hank Jones– it’s an […]

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What Ellen DeGeneres Could Learn From Johnny Carson

Posted on August 7th, 2020
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The public flogging Ellen DeGeneres has recently endured is part of the life cycle of prominent personalities in Hollywood. Enthusiastically embrace them on the way up, and vilify them when the slightest incongruity between the star image and real life behavior is reported. Founded or not, accusation is now assumed to be proof of guilt –the more […]

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Recalling the Osage Murders:  Martin Scorsese set to film the tragic story

Posted on July 31st, 2020
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From 1910 until almost 1930, a parasitic evil had Native Americans from Osage County, Oklahoma in a chokehold. Scores of murders were committed, millions of dollars stolen, and human rights were ignored. Those who investigated on behalf of law enforcement were often brutally executed.  It was a time locals called “The Reign of Terror.” Official casualty counts run […]

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Surviving A Dreadful Diagnosis

Posted on July 17th, 2020
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Every year in America, 1.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer. Another 1.5 million learn they have diabetes. And 720,000 others suffer their first heart attack. As one professional athlete said, “When I left home to go to the doctor’s office I was one person. After learning I had cancer, I came home a different person. Nothing […]

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The Legacy of Lillian Hellman

Posted on July 9th, 2020
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Lillian Hellman’s singular gift as a writer was the ability to reduce complex ideas into a few, profound sentences. She was incisive, not lyrical. Her eloquent brevity was on full display when the House Committee on un-American Activities subpoenaed her in February of 1952. It was the time of the “Hollywood Ten,” careers were on the line, those […]

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