May 10, 2012
JAZZ A fiery post-bop saxophonist who first came up as part of Miles Davis' band in the late '80s and early '90, Kenny Garrett could be counted on for a number of scene-stealing turns while touring with Chick Corea's Grammy-nominated Five Peace Band — no small feat considering he was paired with Corea and guitar great John McLaughlin. Here Garrett performs from his latest recording "Seeds From the Underground. " Catalina Bar and Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd. Thu.-Sat., 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. $22-$25.
July 7, 2011
MUSIC Taking on the role that won Susan Hayward an Oscar, Nellie McKay in her latest musical project gives voice to the lying, scheming Barbara Graham, the third woman to die in the gas chamber in California at San Quentin in 1955. "I Want to Live!" is a noir bad-girl tale, replete with prison lesbianism, so prepare to be scandalized. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd. 8 p.m. Sat. $20. (323) 466-2210.
January 14, 2011 |
In 1953, singer India Adams was living with her first husband in New York when the beloved Vincente Minnelli musical "The Band Wagon" with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse opened at Radio City Music Hall. " Dorothy Kilgallen had in her column, 'the biggest news around Radio City Music Hall is who is singing for Cyd Charisse in "The Band Wagon"?' I wanted to phone her and say, 'I did it.' But I was afraid. So I didn't. " Back in the day of the big movie musicals, ghost singers were hired to supply the singing voices of many of the top stars, especially musical comedy stars whose specialty was dancing (including Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell, Vera-Ellen, Leslie Caron and Charisse)
September 24, 2010 |
Grammy-winning jazz artist George Duke has worked with jazz musicians from A, as in Cannonball Adderley, to Z, as in Frank Zappa. He's produced hits for artists including Jeffrey Osborne ("Stay With Me Tonight," "On the Wings of Love") and Deniece Williams ("Let's Hear It for the Boy"), and he has a fresh album of his own out, "DÃ©jÃ Vu. " But Saturday night at UCLA's Royce Hall, he'll be doing something a bit different, blending American jazz with European orchestral traditions.