David Ritz

David Ritz is an author, journalist, and lyricist. He lives in Los Angeles.

Tommy LiPuma speaks onstage at A&R Icons: Lenny Waronker and Tommy LiPuma at The Grammy Museum on Jan. 15, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Remembering Tommy LiPuma: 'His Indomitable Spirit Is Alive -- And Always Will Be'

Veteran music executive and producer Tommy LiPuma died Monday March 13 following a brief illness. The five-time Grammy winner had worked with George Benson, Natalie Cole, Miles Davis, Diana Krall, Paul McCartney and Barbra Streisand over a career that spanned five decades and positions at A&M Records, Elektra and Verve Music. Author David Ritz remembers his longtime friend.
Tommy LiPuma speaks onstage at A&R Icons: Lenny Waronker and Tommy LiPuma at The Grammy Museum on Jan. 15, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Remembering Tommy LiPuma: 'His Indomitable Spirit Is Alive -- And Always Will Be'

Veteran music executive and producer Tommy LiPuma died Monday March 13 following a brief illness. The five-time Grammy winner had worked with George Benson, Natalie Cole, Miles Davis, Diana Krall, Paul McCartney and Barbra Streisand over a career that spanned five decades and positions at A&M Records, Elektra and Verve Music. Author David Ritz remembers his longtime friend.
Jimmy Scott.

The Jimmy Scott I Knew: The Jazz Great Onstage in the Studio

I first heard the great jazz singer Jimmy Scott as a boy, in 1952. My truck-driver dad took me along on a pretzel delivery to a bar in Newark, New Jersey, where Scott was performing. His voice, awash with mystery and pain, mesmerized me. I heard Scott for the last time in 2009, in the studio as he cut an album that has at long last been released: I Go Back Home, the final recording before his death in 2014 at 89.
Bonnie Raitt photographed at Quixote Griffith Park in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2016.

Bonnie Raitt on Channeling the 'Dark Stuff' For Her New Album and Why She Likes That Bernie Sanders Is Putting Hillary Clinton's 'Feet to the Fire'

In 2010, Bonnie Raitt was struggling with the loss of her brother and both of her parents. Now, 40-plus years into her career, shetook out her age, since it's in the story, per suggestion of NC has channeled 'the dark stuff' into her most personal album to date -- and reasserted her voice, denouncing the 'sickening' polarization of American politics.

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