December 23, 1994 |
Saxophonist Boney James is familiar with the difficult life of a touring musician. In fact, it was during a low-paying overseas stint that he picked up his nickname. He was born James Oppenheim in 1961 in Lowell, Mass., and spent a number of years in the '80s toiling for the likes of the Isley Brothers, Sheena Easton, Bobby Caldwell and Teena Marie. It was during a 1987 European tour with vocalist Randy Crawford that the name he now carries surfaced.
October 10, 1991 |
After his rousing set to close the first of two Catalina JazzTrax Festival weekends last Sunday night, saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. was too pumped up to sleep. So he hauled his horn down to the tiny Blue Parrot bar in Avalon and jammed with his band mates until closing time. Catalina is that kind of place. "It's a different atmosphere," said Washington Jr., who played the festival for the first time last weekend.
November 5, 1991 |
San Diego's newest resident jazz master is Johnny (Ace) Harris, the singer and pianist whose career spans collaborations with many of jazz's legends. Before moving to San Diego three months ago. Harris, 67, spent six years as the house pianist at the Moana Hotel, one of the oldest resorts on Waikiki.
July 15, 2010 |
While summer in Newport Beach brings to mind crashing waves at the Wedge or sailboats dotting the waters around Balboa Island, for music lovers it's also a time to catch some of the country's best-loved jazz performers in two summer jazz series. From new jazz to smooth jazz, from big band to traditional, the weekly concerts feature artists in a lush and intimate outdoor setting. As the longest-running jazz series in Southern California, the Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series at the Hyatt Regency has again attracted a stellar lineup of artists on Friday nights in the hotel's outdoor amphitheater, including returning regular saxophonist David Sanborn, popular song stylists Steve Tyrell and Bobby Caldwell, as well as hot up-and-coming performers like vocalist Spencer Day. The landscaped Regency grounds, with views of Newport's Back Bay, provide an ideal setting, according to producer and promoter Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald.
August 11, 1995 |
Wynton Marsalis has long been enthralled with the music of Thelonious Monk, and last year his septet recorded an album of Monk's unique compositions. Monk's music will also be on the program when Marsalis appears Wednesday at the Hollywood Bowl, fronting a first-rate 12-piece band that includes Ryan Kisor (trumpet), Kent Jordan (flute), Wessell Anderson (alto sax), Wycliffe Gordon and Ronald Westry (trombones), Eric Reed (piano), and Herlin Riley (drums).
April 18, 2002 |
Boney James has played New York many times now, but his recent appearance there was special: It was his first headlining gig at the Apollo Theatre, a room where some of the greatest names of R&B launched their careers. And James somehow felt their presence. "It was wonderful," says the saxophonist. Favorite acts when he was growing up included Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire. "It's got an aura about it, and we all felt it during the show."
December 28, 1989 |
By far the most ambitious New Year's Eve jazz bash will be KIFM's blowout at the Catamaran and Bahia hotels on the edge of Mission Bay. Pianist David Benoit, keyboard/synthesizer player Keiko Matsui and saxophonist/Lyricon man Richard Elliot will headline the fifth annual KIFM Lites Out Jazz New Year's Eve Party. They'll play the large ballroom-type spaces at the Bahia or Catamaran hotels.
March 14, 1990 |
Richard Elliot was waiting backstage last week at the Arsenio Hall show. The hustle and bustle of television production enveloped him--ambient waves of sound from the audience and the band; a jungle of lights, cameras and technical equipment. It was an environment he had experienced many times before as a professional musician. But this time it was different.