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Jazz producer Larry Rosen, co-founder of GRP label, dies

Larry Rosen, one of the most influential and tech-savvy modern jazz producers who co-founded GRP Records with pianist Dave Grusin, died Friday, his publicist said. He was 75.

Chef Paul Prudhomme, who popularized Cajun fare, dies at 75

At his New Orleans restaurant, legendary chef Paul Prudhomme proudly showed off dishes and ingredients from his upbringing in Louisiana's rural Cajun country: blackened redfish, jambalaya and sweet potato pecan pie drew diners by the droves to his K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen.

Obituary: Alvin Greenberg, novelist, poet, librettist

Novelist, poet and essayist Alvin Greenberg charmed generations of readers with his wit and cerebral musings and ability to manipulate the English language. “He was an extremely productive writer, and …

Paul Prudhomme: Cajun spices and a love of local ingredients

At K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen during the early 1980s, chef and owner Paul Prudhomme would drive to his hometown near Opelousas in his pickup truck and come back loaded down with supplies reflecting his native Cajun cuisine.

Prudhomme, Louisiana chef who popularized Cajun food, dies

Paul Prudhomme, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday. He was 75.

Widow of musician Frank Zappa dies at 70

Gail Zappa, the widow of music legend Frank Zappa, has died at her Los Angeles home. She was 70.

Obituary: Emery Bulinski, owner of Ely's Snowbank Lodge

Emery Bulinski, an entrepreneur who moved to Ely, Minn., after World War II and owned the former Snowbank Lodge and at least a dozen other businesses, died Sept. 27 …

Pop, country singer Billy Joe Royal dies at age 73

Billy Joe Royal, a pop singer who popularized the song "Down in the Boondocks," and crossed over into country music, has died. He was 73 years old.

Former GOP state chairman, campaign operative Leon Oistad dies at 72

Leon Oistad, a shrewd political operative who served in the 1980s as chairman of what was then called the state Independent-Republican Party, died Sept. 18 at his home in …