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CBC Arts - CBC Arts: IN BRIEF: Jazz trumpeter Benny Bailey dies; Van Cliburn webcast planned; Chamberlan resigns

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IN BRIEF: Jazz trumpeter Benny Bailey dies; Van Cliburn webcast planned; Chamberlan resigns
Last Updated Tue, 03 May 2005 16:24:49 EDT
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AMSTERDAM - Jazz trumpeter Benny Bailey dies

Jazz musician Benny Bailey, a fixture of Europe's jazz scene who played with Dizzy Gillespie, has died at the age of 79.

City officials announced Friday that the trumpeter, who lived alone, had died in mid-April of unknown causes. A funeral was originally scheduled for Tuesday but delayed for another week to allow family members to travel to Europe.

Born Ernest Harold Bailey in Cleveland in 1925, the musician studied at the city's Conservatory of Music. In 1947, he joined Gillespie and played five years with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, leaving the troupe in 1953 during a European tour. He decided to stay in Europe rather than return home.

After recording with Stan Getz and Quincy Jones in the late 1950s, Bailey returned home briefly in 1960. However, he eventually returned to Europe and worked in radio and recording studios across the continent. He was still touring at the time of his death, Dutch jazz bassist Rene van Beeck told the Associated Press.

"I had a gig scheduled with him in two weeks," he said. "He was still in great condition."

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - Acclaimed piano competition gets webcast

Classical music fans worldwide will be able to tune into the upcoming Van Cliburn International Piano Competition via the Internet, as this year's contest will be streamed online for the first time.

Organizers are offering video and audio streams of the 12th edition, which runs May 20 to June 5 in Fort Worth. Aside from watching or listening to the performances, fans can check out more information about the competitors, read commentary from two bloggers attending the event and view artwork and educational material.

There has also been a new award established, with the web audience asked to vote for their favourite finalist.

U.S. pianist Van Cliburn shot to fame in 1958 when he won the prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition – he remains the only U.S. musician to do so. A group of music teachers and citizens in Van Cliburn's hometown of Forth Worth founded the piano competition in his name in 1962. It is held once every four years.

MONTREAL - Abrupt departure by founder of Montreal's nouveau cinéma festival

After winning a battle against a larger, newer event, the founder of a longtime Montreal film festival has unexpectedly resigned his post.

Festival du nouveau cinéma director Claude Chamberlan, who founded the event 33 years ago, announced his resignation last week.

"[Chamberlan] quits today his functions within the organization," festival organizers said in a statement Thursday. "For more than three decades, Claude Chamberlan has contributed with success to the recognition of a high quality and unique cinema. He leaves a distinguished track record in Quebec's cultural scene and his tremendous legacy will continue inspiring people."

In April, organizers of Festival International de Films de Montréal (FIFM) – the city's newest film festival – acquiesced to pressure from the community and changed the date of its inaugural edition, which had originally coincided with Chamberlan's event.

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