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Still a Lot to Mine From Ella's Life

Tina Fabrique
Tina Fabrique as Ella Fitzgerald in "Ella."

If “Ella,” the Long Wharf Theater’s first production of the season, has a message about Ella Fitzgerald, it is that she was terribly unattractive and a horrible mother. Whether true or not, these attributes are treated as givens in this show. So maybe the producers should have a makeup artist drab down their star, Tina Fabrique, or recast the role.

Sanborn Seeks Home High Note

David Sanborn
David Sanborn

In 1989, after David Sanborn's career was taking off, the eclectic alto saxophone player purchased a 10-room apartment building on the Upper West Side and converted it into a single family home.

Now he has put the townhouse, complete with a recording studio upstairs, on the market for $9 million, about five times the $1.45 million he paid for it. After more than four decades on the road that included an appearance at the Woodstock festival early in his career, Mr. Sanborn says he is ready for a lifestyle change.

Jazz Legend Brubeck Undergoes Pacemaker Surgery

Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck

(AP) HARTFORD, Conn. — A spokesman for Dave Brubeck says the jazz pianist is doing well after surgery at a Connecticut hospital to install a pacemaker.

Solomon Burke Dies Aged 70

Solomon Burke
Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke, the American singer, who died on October 10 aged 70, claimed to be the man for whom the term "soul music" was coined.

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