April 12, 2009 |
It's 10 minutes to show time backstage at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson is wondering what the Roots have gotten themselves into. "There are two sayings: 'The grass is always greener on the other side' and 'Be careful what you wish for,' " says the drummer and bandleader of the Philadelphia hip-hop-plus ensemble. Since March 2, when Fallon replaced Conan O'Brien at 12:35 a.m. on NBC, the group has been aptly introduced to America as "The Legendary Roots Crew.
July 18, 2012 |
Jenna Jameson, the porn queen turned actress and best-selling author, will host the 10th Annual Diamond G-String Contest on July 25 at Delilah's (100 Spring Garden). The event starts at 7 p.m. and features more than $10,000 in prizes for contestants, many of whom spend months preparing elaborate routines. Jameson, who is married to UFC fighter Tito Ortiz, is retired from porn and from stripping, though she served as a Wingette in February's Sportsradio 94 WIP's Wing Bowl XX on behalf of the Gold Club (1415 Chancellor)
May 30, 2013
Ed Shaughnessy, 84, the jazz drummer who for nearly three decades anchored the rhythm section of Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show band died Friday of a heart attack at his home in Calabasas, outside Los Angeles, said family friend William Selditz. Mr. Shaughnessy, a New Jersey native, began his jazz career as a teenager, playing with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, and Count Basie. He replaced Buddy Rich in Tommy Dorsey's band. In the mid-1950s, Mr. Shaughnessy became a staff musician at CBS. From 1963 to 1992, he was a late-night-television fixture as part of the house band on Johnny Carson's show.
May 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Ed Shaughnessy, the jazz drummer who for nearly three decades anchored the rhythm section of Doc Severinsen's "Tonight Show" band, has died in Southern California. He was 84. William Selditz, a close family friend, told the Los Angeles Times that Shaughnessy had a heart attack Friday at his home in Calabasas, outside Los Angeles. The New Jersey native began his jazz career as a teenager, playing with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Count Basie. From 1963 to 1992, Shaughnessy was a late-night television fixture as part of the house band on NBC's "Tonight Show.
August 16, 2012 |
NEW YORK had Max's Kansas City and CBGB's. Los Angeles boasted the Roxy. Liverpool, England, had its Cavern Club. Here in Philadelphia, the pre-eminent rock 'n' roll club for many moons was J.C. Dobbs, a long chute of a room and hangout on the "hippest street in town," a/k/a lower South Street. Hot and happening from 1975 to 1996, Dobbs was the place where local heroes such as Wilmington's George Thorogood and Robert Hazard were discovered, where bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Oasis, Green Day and Rage Against the Machine kick-started a buzz, and solo talents like Sarah McLachlan and Beck first faced and conquered a Philly contingent.
October 9, 2011 |
George E. Ballard, 92, a Philadelphia drummer described in a 2000 Inquirer profile as "one of the Philadelphia jazz scene's most storied elders," died Saturday, Oct. 1, at Cheltenham-York Road Nursing Center in Philadelphia. Mr. Ballard, known as Butch, was "one of the few musicians to play with both Count Basie and Duke Ellington," reporter Karl Stark wrote. "He recorded with trumpeter Louis Armstrong, collaborated in Paris with saxophonist Johnny Hodges, and formed close friendships with many top musicians, including trumpeter Clark Terry," Stark wrote.
June 20, 1992 |
Services were held yesterday for Harold Karabell, one of the world's premiere jazz clarinetists, who died Wednesday. He was 64 and lived in Northeast Philadelphia. Until his death, he maintained a vigorous schedule that included teaching at Temple University and in the public schools, leading the Metropole Jazz Band and playing engagements. "The greatest thing was his eclectic nature of playing anything and doing it well," local band leader John Breslin said. "Not just do it, but do it superbly.
August 8, 2011 |
Albert Leopold, 96, of Newtown Square, whose musical career reached from the big band era before World War II to Philadelphia society events in the 1980s, died of complications from lung cancer on Sunday, July 31, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Leopold was best known as a featured trombone player with Jan Savitt's orchestra in Philadelphia and New York City in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Leopold taught himself to play trombone well enough, his nephew Raymond Edwards said, that after dropping out of Upper Darby High School, he joined the New York orchestra of Smith Ballew.
May 17, 1988 |
It's hard to believe, embarrassing really, that last week was the first time I set foot in J.C. Dobbs, the premier - some say the only true - rock 'n' roll bar in Philadelphia. The character of Dobbs oozes from every pore of its gritty knotty-pine walls, on which hang pictures of musicians who have played there. Above the paneling are Southwestern murals discovered when owner Kathy James removed the dropped ceiling left by Dobbs' predecessor, Wexler's Bar. But Dobbs' regulars aren't here for the funky ambience.
January 23, 2013 |
PHILLY HIP-HOP HEROES The Roots will perform their own set and also back Naughty By Nature at the annual Roots Picnic, June 1 at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing. Last year's event was two days long, but this year's is one day solidly packed with an eclectic lineup. Artists include Gary Clark Jr. , Grimes , Macklemore & Ryan Lewis , Solange (a/k/a Beyonce 's sister and star of "Bring it On: All or Nothing"), How to Dress Well, the Gaslamp Killer and more. The sixth-annual Roots Picnic marks one of the few local shows for the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon " house band.