Quincy Jones has paid tribute to his mentor Clark Terry following the jazz trumpeter's death on Saturday (21Feb15). The veteran musician, who had been battling advanced diabetes in recent years, passed away less than two weeks after he was admitted to a hospice as his health declined.
Jones honoured his friend in a statement which reads, "The world has lost one of the greatest trumpeters to ever grace the planet. Clark Terry was my first trumpet teacher as a teen in Seattle, my idol and my brother.
"When he left the (Count) Basie and (Duke) Ellington bands, also two of my idols, to join mine, it was one of the most humbling moments in my life. I hope the world will remember and celebrate the enormous contributions that Clark has made to America's musical lexicon. I will miss my mentor and friend terribly."
Acclaimed producer Jones was only 13 when he began studying under Terry, and they continued their collaborative relationship throughout their lengthy careers.
Jones also produced 2014 documentary Keep On Keepin' On, a film following Terry's work with 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin.
Jazz great Clark Terry has died, aged 94. The veteran musician, who had been battling advanced diabetes in recent years, passed away less than two weeks after he was admitted to a hospice as his health declined.
His wife, Gwen Terry, shared the sad news in a post on Facebook on Saturday night (21Feb15), writing, "Our beloved Clark Terry has joined the big band in heaven where he'll be singing and playing with the angels. He left us peacefully, surrounded by his family, students and friends... We will miss him every minute of every day, but he will live on through the beautiful music and positivity that he gave to the world."
The flugelhorn and trumpet player rose to fame playing with Count Basie from 1948 to 1951 and he became Duke Ellington's sidekick throughout the 1950s. He later became the first African-American staff musician at TV network NBC, where he spent 12 years in The Tonight Show band.
Terry released more than 80 albums throughout his career and performed with stars including Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Aretha Franklin, Clifford Brown, Milt Jackson and Quincy Jones.
He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2010 and published his autobiography a year later, in 2011. He was the subject of an acclaimed 2014 documentary, Keep on Keepin' On, which showed Clark mentoring 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin.
En Vogue's former record boss is suing the R&B girl group for failing to honour a comeback project with his label. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ.com, Rufftown Entertainment owner Rene Moore claims he spent $190,000 (GBP124,743) on an En Vogue reunion with original members Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis and Maxine Jones in 2010 that never materialised.
The girls started work on a new album but never completed the project, didn't tour to promote their comeback, and then signed with another label, Pyramid Records, last year (14).
Moore is demanding over $100 million (GBP67 million) from the girl group members and Pyramid executives for money he claims he would have made from the comeback.
Michael Palin paid a touching tribute to his Monty Python co-star Graham Chapman on Wednesday (10Dec14) as he unveiled a special plaque at the late actor's childhood home. Chapman, who starred in hit comedy films Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian, lost his battle with cancer in 1989, at the age of 48.
City council officials in his native Leicestershire, England recently decided to honour his roots and invited Palin to attend the unveiling ceremony for the green plaque, which recognises local people and places of importance.
The tribute was placed at Chapman's former family home on Burton Road in the town of Melton Mowbray.
Presenting the accolade, Palin said, "I can almost feel him tittering slightly at all this - but I think he would have been honestly quite chuffed (flattered), quietly.
"He was that mixture, like all of us, of not taking things seriously but at the same time taking things quite seriously."
The news comes two years after Palin and fellow Python Terry Jones joined forces at Chapman's favourite London pub in Highgate to unveil a similar blue plaque in his memory.
The British Comedy Society honour, which references his role in Life of Brian, remembers Chapman as "a very naughty boy" who "drank here often and copiously".
Monty Python star Terry Jones insists the comedy troupe's reunion shows will not help pay off his mortgage because his ex-wife received half of his salary. The comedian reunited with John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle for ten sold-out reunion shows at London's 02 Arena in July (14) but Jones insists he barely saw any of his $1.3 million (£800,000) salary after tax was deducted and his ex-wife Alison Tefler took half, $640,000 (£400,000), in accordance with their divorce agreement.
Jones is now unsure if he can pay off the mortgage on his $4 million (£2.5 million) mansion in the capital's Hampstead neighbourhood, telling Britain's The Times newspaper, "I'm not sure. Maybe I can pay it off, maybe not."
He adds, "We each got £800,000 for the shows, but when I got divorced I agreed with my ex-wife that everything I'd done up to then (including anything related to Monty Python), up to the separation, we would split 50-50... so my share got halved to £400,000 and paying tax on it it's more like £200,000."
Jones and Tefler had two children. He is now married to Anna Soderstrom and they have a five-year-old daughter Siri.
Filmmaker Terry Gilliam has been working through the grief of losing Robin Williams by revisiting their 1991 movie The Fisher King. The director reveals he was recently asked by bosses at film distribution firm Criterion to review a new Blu-ray version of the mythical drama, about a man who descends into madness after his wife is murdered, and watching his old pal Williams at work helped to lift his spirits.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'd been pretty depressed since Robin died and watching it was exhilarating because there was Robin - alive and well...
"It was horrible when he killed himself... All of us, any of us who worked with him... it was just so hard to imagine he was gone...
"(But) I came out of that Criterion screening last week smiling because the real Rob was there."
Gilliam believes The Fisher King was one of the tragic actor's most rounded roles, but he can now understand why Williams was so good at portraying a man battling his demons.
He explains, "It is the whole breadth of Robin, which no other part I think out there does. From the hysterically funny to the manic to the utterly sweet to the sensitive and tormented, it's all there."
Referring to one particular part of the film, where Williams' character Parry is pursued by a figment of his crazed imagination, he adds, "Some of those scenes when he is being pursued by the Red Knight, looking at them now is hard because we now know the story. I didn't have to push him because he believed that was true. He knew the darker side and what it means to have demons."
Gilliam and Williams also worked together on three other films - 1988's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and The Zero Theorem, in which the late star makes a cameo, while the actor also completed his role as a talking dog in forthcoming live-action British comedy, Absolutely Anything, which was directed by Gilliam's Monty Python pal Terry Jones and features alien characters voiced by the veteran troupe.
Singer Maxine Jones is relaunching her court fight over the use of En Vogue's name after declaring bankruptcy following her legal defeat. The pop star, who left the R&B group in 2012, lost a court fight against former bandmates Cindy Herron and Terry Ellis last year (13) and was ordered not to use the moniker for performances.
Herron and Ellis were granted sole use of the name.
Jones has since declared herself bankrupt with debts of around $250,000 (£156,000), and now she is appealing against the ruling, according to TMZ.com.
Jones is seeking the right to perform under the name En Vogue so she can pay off her debts.
British author Terry Rawlings has revisited the death of Rolling Stones star Brian Jones for an updated version of his acclaimed 1994 book Brian Jones: Who Killed Christopher Robin?. Rawlings insisted the Stones co-founder was murdered 20 years ago, and now he's offering up new evidence he has uncovered since the original book's release to further prove his claims.
The updated edition features an interview with former Rolling Stones road manager Tom Keylock, in which he reveals a contractor who had fallen out with the rock star confessed to killing Jones.
The late Keylock, who died in 2009, claims builder Frank Thorogood admitted to killing Jones on his deathbed in 1993.
The rocker was found drowned in his swimming pool in July, 1969.
In a new interview with Britain's Mojo magazine, Rawlings says, "Brian was definitely murdered and there was a cover-up... It's not a crackpot theory; it's what happened."
Jones' death was last reviewed by police in 2009 following the investigation of hundreds of documents pertaining to the incident by a British journalist, but the case remains officially closed. The original coroner's report stated "death by misadventure" and noted his liver and heart were heavily enlarged by drug and alcohol abuse.
Monty Python star Terry Jones has defended his use of cue cards during the comedy troupe's reunion shows this month (Jul14), insisting the memory aid did not ruin the experience for the audience. The veteran funnyman struggled to remember his lines during the huge gigs at London's O2 Arena and faced a scolding from critics for reading the words from off-stage signs.
Jones tells Walesonline.co.uk, "I couldn't remember my lines so it's absolutely true (that I relied on cue cards)," but he is adamant the cue cards did not detract from the show "at all".
The funnyman's co-star John Cleese famously forgot his lines during the troupe's classic dead parrot sketch when the final show was beamed to cinemas around the world and broadcast live on U.K. TV on Sunday (20Jul14).
"Much tighter show tonight. With a great crowd. Terry J cut his face open in the first sketch. Just a flesh wound. We may keep it in..." Eric Idle reveals Terry Jones was injured during Monty Python's second show of their comeback residency at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday (02Jul14). The run opened on Tuesday night (01Jul14) to mixed reviews.