October 22, 2010 |
You never know where inspiration will strike. For 36-year-old jazz singer and Los Angeles club owner Joon Lee, it happened one night watching a documentary on blue whales. "These guys are vanishing at people's hands," said Lee, who has long been fascinated by the improbable grace and mysterious "singing" of the gargantuan mammals. "And I was like ... that sounds like jazz!" he added with a mischievous laugh. Three years later he opened the Blue Whale , a cozy and unconventional jazz club that in just 10 months has blossomed into one of the top spots for jazz in the city ?
February 17, 2006 |
Alan Broadbent has been so busy, for so many years, doing so many different things, that it can be easy to overlook his remarkable skills as a jazz pianist. That's not to minimize his versatility. The New Zealand native has, after all, written charts for the Woody Herman band, performed with Nelson Riddle, Henry Mancini and others, and orchestrated music for such singers as Mel Torme, Michael Feinstein, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall, winning a couple of Grammys along the way.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2004 |
I'm standing outside the ordinary-looking Santa Monica apartment of one of the most extraordinary talents you've never heard of. Inside, Alan Broadbent, painfully shy and unassuming, is wondering how he's going to explain how he does what he does. The story begins five years ago, when I took advantage of one of the greatest freebies in all of Southern California.
October 19, 2002 |
Alan Broadbent may be one of the Southland's most versatile jazz artists. The New Zealand-born pianist-composer-arranger has worked in an extraordinarily wide range of musical settings, from playing piano with Charlie Haden's Quartet West to conducting an orchestra for Diana Krall. Unfortunately, his busy schedule -- despite its numerous rewards -- doesn't often allow him to appear as an instrumentalist in a straight-ahead jazz setting.
May 13, 2000
After reading numerous paragraphs of Don Heckman's review of Charlie Haden's performance at the Getty ("Charlie Haden's 'Art of the Song' Breaks From Album Format," May 8), one learns absolutely nothing about this concert. We'd like to enlighten the readers of what really transpired that evening. This was a night of magic, with a sophisticated and ethereal sense not recognized by the critic. We found the music to be healing and simply beautiful. Camaraderie between the strings and Quartet West was very apparent.
April 24, 1996 |
Strip away a jazz ensemble's saxes, trumpets and drums, leaving only the bass and piano, and you instantly become aware of the keyboard's self-sufficiency. Such was the case Sunday at Spaghettini when pianist Alan Broadbent's usual drummer, Paul Kreibich, turned up absent. Suddenly, with the trio reduced to a duo, the piano assumed an even larger role in the music, serving as melodic lead, rhythmic timekeeper--it is, after all, a percussion instrument--and dispenser of harmonic color.