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2008-08-23 00:00:24

B ritain's biggest jazz festival is about to burst on to the boulevards of Bude, airing the music of New Orleans and much more. Now celebrating its 21st year, the festival packs 166 events into eight days, running from tomorrow until Saturday, August 30. From halls to hotels and pubs to restaurants, the strains of jazz - ranging from blues to bop and ragtime to mainstream - will float out over the town. This year, for the first time, there will be a dedicated jazz marquee offering...

2008-08-12 15:00:45

By KAREN ROUSE, STAFF WRITER Sherrie Maricle & The Diva Jazz Orchestra has played Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Le Meridien Hotel in Paris and Teatro Sistina in Rome. On Sunday, the New York-based all-female jazz band performed in a venue few musicians can boast: Fred McIntosh's Old Tappan back yard. McIntosh, a retired corporate lawyer whose passion for jazz dates to his teenage years in West Virginia, on Sunday held his 12th annual backyard jazz concert for about 100 guests....

2008-08-02 12:00:27

Kevin Costner sure loves himself. For starters, the actor thinks his latest movie, "Swing Vote," is destined to be a classic. "It starts off as an American comedy, but right at the end, just like 'Field of Dreams,' feelings bubble up that you didn't really think were possible," he said at the flick's premiere. "For me, it works as a movie, and if we did it correctly, it will work for a long time." Then there's the fact that he stood in the back of the Tribeca Grand screening room and...

2008-07-27 09:00:27

By Jim Carnes, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 27--There's a bug going around, and if you attend the Music Circus this week, there's a good chance you'll catch it. "It's infectious," said Dana Solimando, director and choreographer of the Music Circus production "Swing!," which opens Tuesday. Solimando, who was in the Broadway cast of the play (she danced the country swing segment), said she had been vaguely interested in the dance form before, "but I got hooked when I was in the show....

2008-07-10 09:00:55

By Rosemary Ford, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. Jul. 10--They're young, they're hip and they know how to rock -- to the music of Benny Goodman. The Beantown Swing Orchestra, 18 musicians with the average age of 23, will headline a concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the St. Basil Salvatorian Center in Methuen. The center hosts religious retreats, Pre-Cana classes for engaged Catholic couples, and Cursillo -- a short course on Christianity. In booking Beantown,...

2008-07-02 15:00:30

THESE sprightly pensioners certainly got into the swing of things when Braehead put on a weekend of jazz bands. Teresa Chalmers, 84, and her companion, 82-year-old Patrick McGonigle, were enjoying the music so much they couldn't resist having an impromptu dance in the middle of the shopping centre. The jazz bands were playing at Braehead to coincide with the Glasgow International Jazz Festival. Teresa, of Vanguard Way, Renfrew, said: "The jazz bands are great - I just love it. "When I...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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