February 18, 2014 |
One of the finest sleights of hand in music is to write a song that sounds like a long-lost standard. Equally impressive, however, is the rare ability to perform a classic song and make it sound utterly new. Those are just two skills at the disposal of rising star vocalist C é cile McLorin Salvant, whose Grammy-nominated sophomore album, "WomanChild," was one of the sharpest, most magnetic releases of 2013. She wound up losing out to another breakout jazz vocal star, Gregory Porter, but there was no less of a buzz filling the air Monday night when McLorin Salvant was making her L.A. debut at a crowded Catalina Bar & Grill.
July 25, 1997 |
The city's premier jazz club, Catalina Bar & Grill, will close for 30 days following saxophonist Pharoah Sanders' Tuesday-Aug. 3 run. But that doesn't mean a summer vacation for owner Catalina Popescu and her staff. The club will use the dog days for what manager Manuel Santiago describes as "a general face lift," relocating the stage into the former dining area, upgrading the sound system and the lights as well as bringing in new paint, furniture and carpet.
December 22, 1989 |
No doubt as insurance against the pre-Christmas slump, Catalina Popescu brought Phil Woods to her Catalina Bar & Grill for a run that began Tuesday. Judging by the business on opening night, the ploy worked well. The Woods group has changed slightly in its tonal character. With the departure of trumpeter Tom Harrell, it was decided to replace him with a trombonist. Woods could hardly have made a better choice than Hal Crook, who fits the quintet admirably.
March 2, 1989 |
Not many singers in a nightclub would dare to start a show with a slow, mournful chant, sung a cappella. Joe Williams can get away with it, as he revealed Tuesday at Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood. He has this special power because any Joe Williams audience is a gathering of faithful admirers who, before he has taken the first breath, are in the palm of his mighty hand.
February 23, 1990 |
The reputation of Ellis Marsalis, now well established in the jazz community, has been acquired, ironically, not through his contributions as a pianist, composer and educator, but vicariously through his achievements as a father. He is the father of six sons, two of whom, Wynton and Branford, are world-class names; two others, Delfeayo and 12-year-old Jason, seem destined for comparable musical success.
July 20, 1990 |
Jackie McLean likes to talk about his "kids" almost as much as he likes to make music. The jazz alto saxophonist--one of the hot-blooded revolutionaries of the post-Charlie Parker generation--has been a significant force in the jazz-education world for more than two decades. Under his direction, the African American Music Department at the University of Hartford's Hartt College of Music has become one of the most highly regarded programs for young jazz players in the country.