January 19, 2001 |
It was a five-boa performance for Julie Wilson on Wednesday night at the Cinegrill in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Famous for her array of colorful feathered adornments, the veteran singer was greeted--when she arrived on stage--by a piano covered with a pile of boas. And she used them all, stylishly, coquettishly, dramatically, clearly establishing her identity as one of the principal divas of the cabaret art.
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May 28, 2000
Benjamin "Buzzy" Drootin, 80, a Dixieland drummer whose career included stints with Eddie Condon and Tommy Dorsey. Born near Kiev, Russia, Drootin came to the United States at age 5 and grew up in the Boston area. His father and two brothers were musicians, and Drootin joined them as a teenager, learning to play the drums. He toured with Ina Ray Hutton's All Boys Band in 1940 and worked with traditional jazz players such as Jess Stacy and Buck Clayton.
April 28, 1999 |
Al Hirt, the legendary Dixieland trumpeter with a giant sound, died Tuesday in New Orleans at the age of 76. In a career that ranged over 50 years, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Hirt recorded more than 50 albums, four of which went gold and one of which went platinum. He was nominated for 21 Grammy Awards and won best non-jazz instrumental in 1964 for "Java." In his heyday--the 1960s--Hirt was a frequent guest on television variety programs hosted by the likes of Dinah Shore and Andy Williams.
February 13, 1998 |
Small Beer, big sound. And if, for some unfathomable reason, you don't notice the music of Kleintje Pils--it's Dutch for small beer--here at M-Wave, the Olympic speedskating venue, you almost have to notice the musicians. Clad in red, white and black striped, loose-fitting shirts, colorful neckerchiefs, blue jeans and wooden shoes, klompen, they sort of stand out here in Japan. And that's the whole idea.
October 30, 1997 |
Al Hirt, trumpeter of no uncertain strength and polish, is one of those jazz musicians who doesn't get a lot of respect, and it's partly his own fault. He never cared about staying abreast of jazz evolution, but has been quite content--and rewarded--to plumb the archival New Orleans tradition. But the fact is, this cat can play, and once you set aside any residual stylistic reservations, the musical truth will out.
September 30, 1995 |
On the surface, the sixth annual SoCal Jazzfest today and Sunday at the Grand Hotel is a gathering of some of Southern California's better known traditional and Dixieland bands. Look a little deeper at the personnel in these outfits, and you'll find a lot of jazz history as well. Take Chris Kelly's Black and White Jazz Band, a Preservation Hall-style group that plays Sunday.