August 26, 2000 |
Damian Draghici plays an instrument that doesn't have much connection with jazz--the panpipe. Nor does his background as a member of a family with a seven-generation history in Romanian music suggest much association with the music, either. And, in fact, there was no bebop, no blues and no hard-swinging rhythm section in his appearance at the Skirball Cultural Center on Thursday night. Yet the spirit of jazz was present in much of what Draghici had to offer.
April 4, 1989 |
Gary Burton, long recognized as the foremost vibist in jazz, brought his quintet to El Camino College's Marsee Auditorium on a rare visit to the Southland. In the course of his two-hour concert, he offered ample evidence of his style, defined by exemplary technique and total musicality. Too bad then, that the 2,000-seat auditorium was barely a quarter filled. One would be hard pressed to find a musician more lyrical than Burton.
April 7, 1989 |
Most people can't remember when they lost their two front teeth. Terri Lyne Carrington can never forget. Scores of newspaper and magazine profiles written about the 24-year-old drummer remind her that at age 7--because of the natural and, for most kids, insignificant, loss of two baby teeth--she gave up the saxophone and took up the drums. One year later, 8-year-old Terri Lyne was going to jazz clubs and sitting in on jam sessions--on her bio, it's called her time of "paying dues."
June 9, 1997 |
When Bruce Cockburn took the stage at the Coach House on Friday night, he apologized for interrupting the merriment and conversation within the bustling supper club. Even after 27-plus years, Cockburn still approaches his audiences with gratitude and respect. So it wasn't a surprise to see the Toronto-based artist pouring his heart and soul into his enthusiastically received two-hour show.
June 24, 1987 |
It was supposed to be a sextet of the fairer sex Monday night at Donte's, but things got changed around a bit and three of the women couldn't make it and so two male subs were sent, making it just a quintet. But it really wouldn't have mattered if only Diana Krall, the pianist, had shown up for the first set. That is not in any way meant to suggest that the work of fluegelhornist Stacy Rowles and valve trombonist Betty O'Hara was less than admirable.
December 14, 1999 |
Vibraphonist Gary Burton has had a long history of duo performances and recordings. His numerous partners have included Chick Corea, Steve Swallow, Ralph Towner and Paul Bley. But his pairings with Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone--dating to the mid-'80s--are probably his most effective mano a mano musical partnerships. Sunday afternoon, in a rare Southland appearance, Burton and Ozone teamed up for a superlative jazz recital at Pasadena's Shumei Hall.
November 8, 2012 |
As word spreads about friction between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on the set of "American Idol," we at Pop & Hiss find ourselves wondering what ever happened to Kara DioGuardi, the singer and pop songwriter who occupied a judge's seat in 2009 and 2010. (We're not alone, either: Music-industry gadfly Bob Lefsetz recently included DioGuardi alongside Macaulay Culkin and Jimmy Ray in a missive titled "Where Are They Now?") On Thursday morning, our in box provided the answer: DioGuardi -- who prior to "Idol" penned big singles for Ashlee Simpson and Christina Aguilera , among many others -- has joined the academy, teaching a class at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
February 19, 1989 |
Everything seems to be coming together for Terri Lyne Carrington. She has played with the giants of the jazz and contemporary music worlds. Some of them--Wayne Shorter, Grover Washington, Patrice Rushen, John Scofield, Gerald Albright--are guests on her debut album for Verve/Forecast Records, "Real Life Story," due out this week. She has a steady job five nights a week in the Hollywood-based band on Arsenio Hall's TV talk show.
July 16, 2013 |
Here's a small but significant development for your Tuesday morning: Karmin's "Acapella" -- the amazingly irritating lead single from this electro-pop duo's upcoming album -- has somehow gotten worse. You remember Karmin, don't you? Two years ago, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan -- both alums of Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music -- zoomed into the pop-cultural consciousness with a remarkable cover of Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now" that's since been viewed on YouTube nearly 85 million times.
May 25, 1997 |
In her hit single "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?," Paula Cole plays the part of a lonely woman pining for her "John Wayne"--a meat-eating, beer-drinking, gunslinging kind of guy who will keep her happily barefoot and pregnant while he works on his tractor and raises Cain at the local bar. Cole wouldn't be likely to meet such a fellow in the place she's having lunch this afternoon--a macrobiotic Japanese restaurant.