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When he's not busy on a movie set, Jeff Goldblum owns Wednesday nights in Los Angeles.

The actor, known for roles in Hollywood blockbusters and a singular, chin-stroking comic persona, plays piano in a jazz band with a standing weekly gig, which he calls The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. The performances are casual and unstructured, with the man of the hour playing keys one moment, holding court and posing for photos with attendees the next, just generally being ... well, Jeff Goldblum.

Roy Hargrove, an incisive trumpeter who embodied the brightest promise of his jazz generation, both as a young steward of the bebop tradition and a savvy bridge to hip-hop and R&B, died on Friday night in New York City. He was 49.

The cause was cardiac arrest, according to his longtime manager, Larry Clothier. Hargrove had been admitted to the hospital for reasons related to kidney function.

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Now we remember Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

(SOUNDBITE OF ROY HARGROVE'S "MAMBO FOR ROY")

MARTIN: Hargrove was a galvanizing presence in jazz, an assertive soloist who could invoke both a blazing sound and softer tones.

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Emily Gimble admits that her granddad’s name may have opened some doors for her, but once you hear her sing, you’ll recognize she has a powerful voice all her own. Still, she says she learned quite a bit from Johnny Gimble, about music and life.

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Historic Travis Park will be alive with music this weekend, when Jazz 'SA Live kicks off its 35th annual music event at Travis Park downtown, said the San Antonio Parks Foundation's Adam Fleming.


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Every piece of music produced is a roll of dice for success, but sometimes, the stars just align. The music of George and Ira Gershwin, two of the greatest American songwriters of all time, have been given new life once again by two of the greatest jazz artists of all time, Diana Krall and Tony Bennett.

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