June 14, 2013 |
Sam Most, considered the first modern jazz flutist, had some unusual talents, one of which was the ability to hum and play notes at the same time. A number of flutists have said he was the first to combine humming and playing, a style that was later made famous in jazz by Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Yusef Lateef and in rock by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson. "I was living in an apartment in New York in the early '50s, and I couldn't make a lot of noise late at night," Most, 82, who died Thursday in Woodland Hills after a brief bout with cancer, told The Times in 1998.
March 1, 2013 |
The lineup for the 35th annual Playboy Jazz Festival has been announced, and in addition to the weekend-long concert's signature mix of jazz, funk and R&B, the festival also revealed that comic and former late-night host George Lopez will take over for longtime host Bill Cosby this year. Cosby had served as master of ceremonies at the festival since 1979, and last year the comedy legend stepped down after becoming as much a part of the show's fabric as the Hollywood Bowl, parasols and picnic baskets.
December 7, 2012
Re "L.A.'s retro line," Dec. 5 The rebuilding of a streetcar line in downtown Los Angeles is the type of old-school solution that will help remake the area into a modern city. While some of the streetcar critics' arguments have merit, there is no chance people will park their cars and choose public transportation if there is not a convenient alternative. The streetcar line would provide that option. Matthew Chebatoris Los Angeles This is a terrible idea.
December 7, 2012
Re "Let the taxi app roll," Opinion, Dec. 4 Jonah Goldberg perpetuates the myth pushed by Uber, a car service customers can hail using their smartphones, that our laws may be selectively enforced. It is Uber, not the apps that compete against it, that has been ticketed by authorities for violations of public safety regulations. It is Uber that is being sued by cities, individual drivers and other transportation companies. Uber provides what amounts to a taxicab service at a rate up to 60% above the regulated fare.
December 7, 2012
Re "Pianist pushed jazz boundaries," Obituary, Dec. 6 Dave Brubeck's passing reminds me of the passing of jazz as a form of music where the listener appreciated the various instruments that created those exciting sounds. One remembers the jazz clubs in the Los Angeles area, like the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach, packed with attentive fans, void of conversation, enraptured by the sounds of instrumental magic. Music seems to have reverted backward to a more primitive form of noise, where one screams and hollers and physically exhausts himself on stage.
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December 6, 2012 |
In the strait-laced Eisenhower 1950s, Dave Brubeck seemed, on one hand, deeply conventional. He didn't drink, smoke or take drugs. He favored expressions like "baloney!" and "you bet" over ruder alternatives. He had a prodigious work ethic that had been ground into him by his cowboy father on the family's California cattle ranch. But rebellion was in Brubeck's soul. Schooled in piano by his musically gifted mother, he became a jazzman -- outwardly square but quintessentially cool -- whose genius at marrying spontaneity and unorthodox rhythms with classical forms became an enduring legacy.