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April 12, 2009 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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.
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July 18, 2012 | Dan Gross
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)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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August 16, 2012 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 9, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
NEWS
June 20, 1992 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 8, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 17, 1988 | By SAM GUGINO, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By Dan Gross
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.
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July 8, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
EARL S. ROSS was one of those old-time sax players who blew jazz through their horns as they walked on the bars of local night spots, the bartender hastily moving bottles and glasses out of their way and mopping up behind them. Earl was a leading practitioner in Philadelphia of what was known for some obscure reason as "Texas tenor. " Jazz fans loved it. He would be goaded by their cheers as he made his steady trek along the mahogany above their heads, popping out the rhythms in a pulsating beat.
NEWS
July 6, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
This year's Philly 4th of July Jam - the Saturday night pre-fireworks extravaganza culmination of the Wawa Welcome America festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway - featured a little bit of country, a little bit of outré R&B, and a whole lot of the Roots. The country came courtesy of big-voiced Georgia vocalist Jennifer Nettles, and the envelope-pushing R&B from Los Angeles singer Miguel. The Roots were hosts and house band for the fifth year running for the giant celebration on an unseasonably cool evening in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps.
NEWS
May 31, 2015 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
From Broadway to disco to big-hair rock, from the Philly Sound to the Great American Songbook, the just-announced 2015 class for the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame covers much musical ground. The lineup, announced by the Philadelphia Music Alliance on Thursday, also fills a long-standing absence: that of singer Billie Holiday, born in Philly and a frequent performer at the Showboat at Broad and Lombard Streets and the Earle Theatre at 11th and Market Streets. Soon, she'll be on Broad Street along with the Trammps, famous throughout the galaxy for "Disco Inferno"; Andrea McArdle, who played the title role in the original Broadway production of Annie ; the all-Philly, all-world Roots (wait, the Roots weren't there already?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Williams: You all saw it! Fans and music insiders alike had a blast this weekend mocking Lifetime's biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B , which featured Alexandra Shipp as the late singer. Social media exploded with: "#Lifetime Disrespects Aaliyah" and "#LifetimeBeLike. " Missy Elliott and Timbaland, who coproduced Aaliyah 's work, led the charge. "Hope yall not watching this!!!!!!!!" Timbaland said on Instagram. The movie's exec producer Wendy Williams is ecstatic that the world's talking about the picture, if only to abuse it. "I see my Aaliyah movie broke the Internet this weekend!"
NEWS
July 19, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard Nichols, 55, longtime manager of the Roots, died Thursday, July 17, in Philadelphia of leukemia, the band announced. Mr. Nichols, a native of Philadelphia, "managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots' creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades," the band said in a statement. He had been hospitalized for several months and was taken off life support Wednesday night and died Thursday afternoon, according to the Roots-affiliated website Okayplayer.com and Billboard magazine.
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July 6, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The Wawa Welcome America! Jam on the Parkway opened at about 7:30 on a surprisingly soft, clear Friday evening (after a day of lowering clouds), promising a night of celebratory, A-list entertainment. Three hours later, a danced-out, raspy-throated crowd - at a free concert said to be the largest in the United States - seemed to agree: The Jam truly jammed. The show began with the Vicci Martinez Band, a five-piece outfit fronted by the 2011 Voice finalist and Cee-Lo Green protégé.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By Dan Gross
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2012 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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