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August 23, 2012
JAZZ A ravenously inventive bassist and bandleader who's equally at home dipping into electric funk as straightahead jazz, Christian McBride added to his already impressive list of accolades with a Grammy award earlier this year for "The Good Feeling," his debut big band recording. Here he pares down to a trio, but the level of swing on display should be no less sharp. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m Thu.-Sat.; 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sun. $22-$35 http://www.catalinajazzclub.com .
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February 18, 2014 | By Chris Barton
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2014 | By Chris Barton
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.
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September 16, 2012 | By Andy Gilbert
OAKLAND - As a young singer making her way on the New York scene in the mid-1980s, Catherine Russell saw herself walking in Tina Turner's thigh-high boots, belting out rock and soul. Decades later, she hasn't exactly given up the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, but she's made a name for herself interpreting sassy, vintage pop and blues tunes from the era that ended with the advent of Elvis. "I like anything that swings, generally the sound of music between the 1920s and '50s," says Russell, 55, while relaxing backstage before an Oakland performance with the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, a tour on which she's singing backup for Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald.
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November 27, 2003
"I like Catalina and the Jazz Bakery for different reasons: The old Catalina you were closer to audience; it's a nightclub. The Jazz Bakery is a concert atmosphere. They are both unique playing experiences. The Jazz Bakery is a little more formal, in that the audience is focused on the stage, what you're doing. Catalina's is a club, so you have a different kind of vibe.... At the Jazz Bakery, I won't do splashy drum numbers, high-voltage percussion.
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July 25, 1997 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
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.
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February 23, 1990 | LEONARD FEATHER
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.
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July 20, 1990 | DON HECKMAN
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012
JAZZ A ravenously inventive bassist and bandleader who's equally at home dipping into electric funk as straightahead jazz, Christian McBride added to his already impressive list of accolades with a Grammy award earlier this year for "The Good Feeling," his debut big band recording. Here he pares down to a trio, but the level of swing on display should be no less sharp. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m Thu.-Sat.; 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sun. $22-$35 http://www.catalinajazzclub.com .
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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January 14, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
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)
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