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Four inducted into Jazz Hall

Singer Betty Carter, guitarist Wes Montgomery, drummer Elvin Jones and bandleader Fletcher Henderson have been voted into Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.

JALC announced the 2014 inductees Monday after tallying votes by jazz fans worldwide from a list of 10 nominees selected by a committee of musicians and scholars.

Montgomery influenced countless modern jazz guitarists, including George Benson and Pat Metheny. Jones was the driving force propelling saxophonist John Coltrane’s classic quartet.

Henderson’s big band helped create swing music, and his arrangements were used by Benny Goodman’s orchestra. Carter was a masterful scat singer known for her adventurous improvisations.

JALC has inducted 45 members into the Hall of Fame since 2004.

Name-dropping house for sale

In the market for a little real estate?

Maybe you’d like a suburban New York mansion that was the longtime home of Helen Hayes and her husband, playwright Charles MacArthur.

The house in Nyack is called Pretty Penny. The asking price is quite more bit more than a penny – just under $5 million.

The Journal News says guests there over the years included Ronald Reagan, Marilyn Monroe, Rosalind Russell, Ed Sullivan, Noel Coward, Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh.

The couple also hosted Cole Porter; F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Barrymore. Edward Hopper did a painting of Pretty Penny in 1939.

Other owners have included Rosie O’Donnell. Russell Crowe rented Pretty Penny in 2006.

Rainbow time in Olympic Park

Adorned in rainbow colors from head to toe, Vladimir Luxuria was out and about – at least temporarily – in Olympic Park Monday night.

“It’s OK to be gay in Russia!” she said repeatedly in English and Russian in a voice as loud as her wardrobe as onlookers walked by. “It’s OK to be gay!”

Luxuria, a transgender former member of Italy’s parliament, looked no worse for wear the day after she said she was hauled into a Russian police station for having a rainbow-colored flag near Olympic Park that said “It Is OK to be Gay” in Russian.

Apparently it wasn’t OK with Russian officials who took Luxuria away again Monday night as she tried to enter Shayba Arena, where she tried to take in a women’s Olympic hockey match between Canada and Switzerland. Italian journalists reported that officials took Luxuria beyond the Olympic security zone and took her spectator pass, which is required to enter the zone and attend events.

She is scheduled to leave Sochi today, which she apparently was scheduled to do anyway.

Luxuria touched off an international firestorm Sunday when she reported to an Italian gay rights group that her protest over Russia’s anti-propaganda law on traditional sexual relations – widely viewed as an anti-gay measure – triggered an aggressive response from the local cops, who hauled her into a precinct and questioned her for hours.

– McClatchy News

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