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Legendary saxophonist ‘Big Jay’ McNeely dies

By Dorany Pineda Contributing Writer LOS ANGELES — Cecil “Big Jay” McNeely, a South Los Angeles saxophonist and a 1950s rock ’n’ roll pioneer, died Sept. 16 at the age of 91. McNeely, who died of advanced prostate cancer in Moreno Valley, was known for his howling rhythm and blues tenor saxophone that helped define […]

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Thousands of fans to give final salute to America’s ‘Queen of Soul’

By Dorany Pineda and Dennis J. Freeman Contributing Writers Thousands of fans, friends, celebrities and loved ones are set to converge on Detroit next week to pay final tribute to America’s “Queen of Soul,” an iconic talent who defined a musical era, inspired a generation of activists and blazed a trail of opportunity for dozens […]

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Restaurant owner Maurice Prince dies at 101

By Kamerie Gibson Contributing Writer LOS ANGELES — It took her almost 20 years, but in 1978, Maurice Prince opened Snack N’ Chat, her legendary “American southern cooking” restaurant. “She didn’t cook like everyone else,” Prince’s granddaughter Suzanne Cobb said. “She raised me and she’s always been cooking and gave the most fabulous parties.” Prince […]