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Mary J. Blige to play Nina Simone; Jazz great Hank Jones dies; Vampire Weekend returns

Mary J. Blige has been waiting... waiting.. waiting to play Nina Simone. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

By Chris Richards

- Sometimes the echo chamber works verrrrrry slowwwwwly: Yesterday, Pitchfork reported that legendary R&B vocalist Mary J. Blige has been cast as legendary jazz vocalist Nina Simone in the forthcoming biopic "Nina." Last week, Variety reported it. But MTV News really had the scoop -- in 2005. Tuns out the film has been in the works for quite some time and will finally begin shooting this September.

- The great jazz pianist Hank Jones died on Sunday at the age of 91. Read his obituary in today's Post.

- Not long after their sold-out show at DAR Constitution Hall, Vampire Weekend has announced a headlining gig at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 11. They'll have two excellent opening bands in tow: Beach House, (who we profiled in January) and Dum Dum Girls (who we really enjoyed at SXSW). Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 21 at 10 a.m.

By Chris Richards  |  May 18, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Beach House, Dum Dum Girls, Hank Jones, Mary J. Blige, Nina Simone, Vampire Weekend  
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