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Saxophonist John Coltrane
Keith Chaffee, September 21, 2018

On September 23, 1926, John Coltrane was born. Coltrane's career was relatively short—about twenty years as a performer, and recordings from only the last decade—but he was one of the most influential saxophone players in jazz history.


B.B. King with Music Friday logo
Keith Chaffee, September 14, 2018

B. B. King was born on September 16, 1925. King was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was among the most influential blues musicians of all time, particularly for his skill on the electric guitar.


Music Friday logo and Raymond Scott album covers
Keith Chaffee, September 07, 2018

It is an unusual career that crosses paths with Mary Martin, Berry Gordy, Bugs Bunny, and Devo, but they will all make appearances as we look at the life and music of Raymond Scott.


Photo of Leonard Bernstein and collage of his music
Keith Chaffee, August 24, 2018

Leonard Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918. One of the major figures of 20th-century American music, Bernstein was a composer, conductor, and educator whose celebrity extended far wider than was usual for classical musicians. In part, that was because he wasn't only a classical musician.


Collage of Alan Jay Lerner's Broadway musicals
Keith Chaffee, August 31, 2018

Alan Jay Lerner was born on August 31, 1918. Lerner wrote the scripts and lyrics for several classic Broadway musicals, finding his biggest success in collaboration with composer Frederick Loewe.


Aretha Franklin
Keith Chaffee, August 17, 2018

When I heard the news this morning that Aretha Franklin had died at the age of 76, it occurred to me that she was the most universally loved singer I could think of.


Pop-art photo illustration of Madonna
Keith Chaffee, August 13, 2018

Madonna was born on August 16, 1958. She's the most successful female pop star ever, a dominant presence in American music and culture for almost forty years.


hoopla logo with Alexa speakers
Eileen Ybarra, August 11, 2018

Alexa, meet hoopla...hoopla, meet Alexa, your new best streaming friend!


Photo illustration of the Ramones
Keith Chaffee, August 06, 2018

On August 6, 1996, The Ramones performed their final concert, at The Palace in Los Angeles. For more than twenty years, The Ramones had been pioneers of punk rock. They were never a large commercial success, but their influence on punk and rock was enormous.


Photo of Louis Armstrong receives certificate from Los Angeles Councilman Billy G. Mills
Keith Chaffee, July 30, 2018

Louis Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901. Armstrong was one of the most influential musicians in jazz history, acclaimed for his trumpet playing and his distinctive gravely singing voice.


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