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.
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.
August 15, 1994 |
Woodstock wasn't the only place for flashbacks this weekend. The Long Beach Jazz Festival, in the city's comely Rainbow Lagoon Park, had its share of deja vu as many of the performers on the three-day bill made their third, fourth or even fifth appearances in the fest's seven-year history. Among Friday's three acts, Keiko Matsui was there for the third time and headliner Dianne Reeves was there for the fifth time.