Monthly Archives: October 2009

Pin-ups

First he invented his own brand of glamour photography. Then he built a canyon studio as a backdrop for his pictures. And finally he designed his own camera to snap them with. No wonder photographer Peter Gowland developed into what … Continue reading

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A Star was Born

Lights….Camera….Action! Standing alone….in the center of a white room….surrounded by contemporary works of Art…was a lone baby-grand piano. The music is forever silent but its mere presence is definitely fortissimo. It is the former “Magruder” Piano transformed by artist, Ray … Continue reading

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Things About…Bill Fulton, Pianist/Composer

Born on the 4th of July, 1962 in Oakland, CA., Bill began his music exploration at the age of 7 on the trumpet (I guess I have a “thing” about trumpet players!). He later switched to piano when he was … Continue reading

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Showtime

I’ve written about growing up in Show Biz. Stages, Runways, Radio, Films, then TV….all were part of my childhood….from age 3 into adulthood. But being a theatrical professional wasn’t the only thing going on in my young life. My sisters … Continue reading

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Dizzy Diz

My late husband, John (Magruder) was the original baritone player with the Don Ellis Big Band. He also wrote some of those infamous time charts that made the Band such a stand-out favorite. They played to college and university audiences … Continue reading

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The “Prince of Pinups” and Me

First he invented his own brand of glamour photography. Then he built a canyon studio as a backdrop for his pictures. And finally he designed his own camera to snap them with. No wonder photographer Peter Gowland developed into what … Continue reading

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Release Race

Larry Williams and I seem to be in a race to see who gets our albums out first. We’re both at the same stage of pre-release. His fabulous “Tales of Wilmon” is his special tribute to his father. Larry’s marvelous … Continue reading

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Looking Ahead

The 2009 Friday Night Jazz Series closes with the “Magruder Monktet”. This is such an honor to be selected to perform at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art…to be the closing band is even better! The “Monktet” will be … Continue reading

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Fan Dance

Sometimes it is so much fun just to be a fan. Last night (9-30-09) at Catalina’s, Bill Fulton’s Band just knocked every one of their previous outstanding performances….right out of my head! This band was absolutely outstanding. With Bill at … Continue reading

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Lights On

In 1954, “Light’s Diamond Jubilee” was the first live Coast-to-Coast TV Special. The West Coast broadcast, from CBS’ new studios on 3rd and Fairfax, featured a live 57 piece orchestra. The show was three hours and included Music-Dance-Comedy and Drama. … Continue reading

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