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Anne Bancroft Memorial

from Bodo , 2005-07-01
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Mel Brooks held a private memorial for his late wife Anne Bancroft at New York´s St James Theater on Monday (June 27, 2005).

The actress, most famous for her role in ´The Graduate´, died earlier this month (June 5) after a battle with uterine cancer. She was 73.


Around a hundred guests attended the memorial, including singer PAUL SIMON, who played an acoustic version of Mrs. Robinson, written for The Graduate.

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick - who appeared in Brooks´ production of ´The Producers´ on Broadway and in the upcoming movie version - were also in attendance.

At the end of the service, Brooks joked, ´If any of you are grieving,keep it to yourself. I don´t want to hear it.´


Bill Frisell contributes to new album

from Bodo , 2005-07-07
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Guitarist Bill Frisell has contributed to Paul Simons upcomming new album, Billboard.com reported on July 6.

Frisell is a well known Jazz guitarist from the 80´s. In the 90 he began to include Bluegrass and Country to his music, and the last 5 years he included brasilian music and funk elements.

He also performed with musicians like Jim Hall, Don Byron, Ginger Baker, Charlie Haden, David Sanborn, Marianne Faithful, and Elvis Costello.
Frisell is also know as a composer for film music for movies like ´Finding Forrester´ or ´Million Dollar Hotel´

The new Paul Simon album still doesn´t have a release date or name.


Saxophonist Michael Brecker Seeks Bone-M

from mscaaty from mass. , 2005-07-29
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from http://www.playbillarts.com/news/article/2564.html


Saxophonist Michael Brecker, who is suffering from the blood disorder myelodyspastic syndrome (MDS), needs a bone-marrow transplant, according to an email message from his wife, Susan Brecker, posted on the Internet bulletin board All About Jazz.

Susan Brecker writes, ´The initial search for a donor (including Michael´s sibling and childen) has not yet resulted in a suitable match. Michael´s doctors have told us that we need to immediately explore all possible options. This involves getting as many people of a similar genetic background to be tested.´

People of Eastern European Jewish descent are most likely to produce a match.

The transplant procedure is not surgical for the donor, according to the email: stem cells are gathered from the donor´s blood.

Donor center locations can be found at http://www.marrow.org. Brecker´s management can be reached at info@michaelbrecker.com.



Paul Simon part of Salute Steve Martin

from mscaaty from mass. , 2005-07-29
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from http://www.playbill.com/news/article/94129.html

actor-comedian-playwright Steve Martin will receive the Kennedy Center´s eighth annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Oct. 23 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

Among those now scheduled to salute the versatile performer are Dave Barry, Larry David, Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton, Lorne Michaels, Randy Newman, Carl Reiner, Martin Short, Paul Simon and Lily Tomlin. The evening will be taped for broadcast on PBS stations nationwide Nov. 9 at 9 PM ET.