Bikel passed away at UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles of natural causes earlier today (July 21), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
His long stage career included originating the role of Captain von Trapp and earning a Tony nomination for The Sound of Music, and having had the most public performances as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof with 2,200 between 1967 and 2010.
On the big screen, he played the dialect coach Zoltan in My Fair Lady and earned an Academy Award nomination for The Defiant Ones.
He founded the legendary Newport Folk Festival with Pete Seeger, Oscar Brand and George Wein, launched the Actors Federal Credit Union and later became a champion of civil rights in the Us.
Bikel is survived by wife Aimee Ginsburg and two kids.
Lewis, a member of New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band, returns to Rhode Island's city-by-the-sea again this weekend for the Newport Jazz Festival, an event he calls "one of the greatest festivals in the world."
"I remember listening to that Ray Charles album from when he played Newport," Lewis told The Associated Press by phone from his home in New Orleans, where he had been practicing some numbers he expects to play in Newport. "We've played all around the world but to have the opportunity to play Newport has been a dream."
The festival begins Friday with performances by Natalie Cole, her uncle Freddy Cole and the Bill Charlap Trio
Brubeck died Dec. 5, a day before his 92nd birthday, and a private funeral was held near his home in Wilton, Conn., shortly afterward. On Saturday afternoon, the only Brubeck family sponsored tribute took place before more than 2,000 people at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine featuring performances by Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Hilary Kole and other jazz stars.
Former President Bill Clinton, in a statement read by Brubeck's longtime manager Russell Gloyd, recalled being "utterly captivated" at age 15 after hearing Brubeck's quartet in concert and then going home to play "Take Five" until his lips gave out. "I consider myself lucky to have
Nice, France — Among the staggering number of famous musicians who have played with the legendary trumpet player, Miles Davis, many will be on tour in Europe this summer, paying homage to their mentor and friend. With nearly 200 summer music festivals to choose from, the Côte d’Azur offers two of the most legendary open-air jazz fests, with top-notch international artists performing under a balmy, starlit sky at the water’s edge.
Festivities kick off
Is jazz a dying art form? WSJ drama critic Terry Teachout once asked in these pages.
Not a chance, according to the Greenwich Village-based Blue Note Jazz Club. In honor of its 30th anniversary, the institution will host the first inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival during the month of June, the club announced this past week. Throughout the month, more than 80 shows featuring established jazz legends and rookie
NPR and stations Wfuv of New York, FolkAlley.com (Wksu) of Kent, Ohio and mvyradio out of Martha's Vineyard will cover all of the performances at the Folk Fest on August 1 and 2. The festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will feature musicians Pete Seeger and Joan Baez, The Decemberists and Neko Case.
NPR will team up with Wbgo out of Newark and Wgbh out of Boston to cover the CareFusion Jazz Festival 55 on August 8 and August 9. The festival will feature three stages with headliner Tony Bennett. Mos Def, Miguel Zenon Quartet and The Bad Plus with Wendy Lewis will also take the stage.
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