Eden Ahbez: the wild, the innocent & the Vine Street shuffle

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[ed. note: author Kirk Silsbee’s story was originally published, in slightly different form, in the L.A.Weekly] Some people only have one hit record in them. History’s one-hit wonders make up a long, sometimes colorful and often tragic legion. Eden Ahbez was lucky. He had a compelling song, with an unusual melody and a gentle message ...

Cool Hollywood jazz feted in festival

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Jazz has been such an integral component to American motion picture soundtracks for so long, we sometimes forget it wasn’t always so. Try to think of modern motion picture soundtracks without jazz and it’s, well, unthinkable.  Don Ellis’s vibrant, taut music to “The French Connection,” Johnny Mandel’s poignant songs like ”The Shadow of Your Smile” ...

Michael Curtiz’s jazz movie, “Young Man With a Horn” (1950), on TCM

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director: Michael Curtiz, cinematographer: Ted McCord Like this? Read more: Satchmo sings “Stardust” Keith Jarrett review

Doris Day shares career memories on TCM 1

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TCM does such a wonderful job … no one does it better. The best bits come when Day recounts memories of working with James Cagney, Ginger Rogers, and Jack Lemmon. [Apologies for commercial first.]