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Novelist Haruki Murakami Cites Lost Tokyo Jazz Club Peter Cat as Influence, Harper's Aaron Gilbreath Journeys to Find It >>

Alas, the Peter Cat club closed in 1981. But the shuttering didn't taint Murakami's writing. In fact, jazz continued to be a fount of inspiration. To wit, Aaron Gilbreath at Harper's Magazine led a solo expedition to locate these inspirational dwellings--long after they closed down.

Duke Ellington's Jazz Opera 'Queenie Pie' Proves Difficult for the Stage, Just Not for Chicago Opera Theater >>

It wasn't enough for Duke Ellington to contribute some 3,000 songs to the Great American Fakebook. No, towards the end of his life, he began composing a jazz opera: Queenie Pie.

Belated Birthday: Django Reinhardt, Heavyweight Jazz and Gypsy Swing Aficionado, Turns 104 >>

The guitar is a tricky instrument. Most play it but few master it. And those who reach master status are often known on an international scale. From Jimi Hendrix to recent birthday boy Joe Pass, the guitar speaks myriad languages, settling in various nooks and crannies of the mind.

Chicago Opera Theater Follows Success of ‘Orpheus & Euridice’ with Local Premiere of Duke Ellington’s ‘Queenie Pie’ >>

Chicago Opera Theater will stage the Chicago premiere of Duke Ellington's only opera, 'Queenie Pie,' on February 15 - March 5. The company will also present a double-bill of Carl Orff's 'The Clever One' and Viktor Ullmann's 'The Emperor of Atlantis,' on May 31-June 8.

Fantasia Barrino, k.d. lang Star in Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis' 'After Midnight' on Broadway >>

After Midnight, a Broadway musical featuring original arrangements by jazz great Duke Ellington, melds classic songs from the 1920s and '30s with dance to recreate Harlem's Golden Age and the legendary Cotton Club.

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Jazz Appreciation Month: Duke Ellington, 'East St. Louis Toodle-O' >>

April is Jazz Appreciation Month! So, to celebrate America's one true music, Classicalite will be featuring articles on those artists and individuals who have made jazz what she is today. The crescendo will continue on through April 30--International Jazz Day.

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