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March 1, 1991 | LEONARD FEATHER
Looking regal and colorful in his dashiki and fez, Dizzy Gillespie is dominating the bandstand at the Vine Street Bar & Grill. The group he is leading here is not his United Nation Orchestra, but the quintet with which he usually travels. Looking well and evidently rested after a long layoff, the seminal bebopper seemed to be in good shape; long, well-controlled runs issued from his legendary bent horn in the intimate room.
April 21, 1987 | LEONARD FEATHER
Any visit to town by Dizzy Gillespie is an occasion as rare and welcome as a rainbow, but his weekend at the Catalina Restaurant was something doubly special, as the capacity crowds clearly recognized. Of the 1986 band, only bassist John Lee remains.
December 14, 1987 | SANTIAGO O'DONNELL, Times Staff Writer
Leroy (Slam) Stewart, the Big Band bass player known for his novel manner of humming an improvised jazz solo and simultaneously bowing in octave unison on the bass, died Thursday in his Binghamton, N.Y., home. He was 73. A native of Englewood, N.J., he studied at the Boston Conservatory. After working with Peanuts Holland in Buffalo, Stewart met Slim Gailliard at Jock's Place in Harlem in 1937, and they teamed as "Slim and Slam." In 1938, they scored the national hit "Flat Foot Floogee."
June 1, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Jean Bach, who told the story behind a celebrated photograph of jazz luminaries in the award-winning 1994 documentary "A Great Day in Harlem," died Monday in New York City at age 94. The hourlong film chronicles an extraordinary moment in jazz history when 57 celebrated artists -- including Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Gene Krupa, Bud Freeman, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Mingus and Sonny Rollins --...
January 16, 1987 | LEONARD FEATHER
Pablo Records, the Beverly Hills jazz-oriented company formed by Norman Granz in 1973, has been sold to Fantasy Records of Berkeley for an undisclosed sum. "One reason I made the deal is that there are two sides to the record business: One is the creative end, which I love; the other is the business end, such as distribution, which I hate and became tired of," Granz said in a telephone interview from his home in Geneva on Wednesday.
For most of his musical life, pianist-composer Lalo Schifrin, who has played with Dizzy Gillespie and written soundtracks for such films as "Dirty Harry" and "The Beverly Hillbillies," says he's felt like a fish out of water. "I grew up in classical music," says the 61-year-old native of Buenos Aires, whose father was a symphony musician. "But at age 13, I discovered jazz--Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie--and I became a convert.
January 26, 1986 | JANET CLAYTON, Janet Clayton is a Times staff writer.
When veteran jazz singer Ernie Andrews sings "Cabaret" on the intimate stage of Marla's Memory Lane, the words are persuading, a smooth and compelling suggestion. "The music. I come here to hear the music," says Ibelle Winston. "When I don't want to hear all this 'Hey baby, it's me and you' kind of disco-type talk, I come here, because it's mellow." Marla's Memory Lane on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in southwest Los Angeles has become a neighborhood refuge for serious jazz lovers.
March 9, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Drawn with a moody artistry, shaded by its Cuban musical roots, "Chico & Rita" is a buttery rich animated tale of love, jazz, showbiz, fame and politics in the late '40s and early '50s that is as catchy as its tunes. This is definitely animation for grown-ups — its look is voluptuous, sexy and sultry; its Latin-inflected Dizzy Gillespie sound is seductive; and its story of young lovers whose passions are tested is timeless. It all begins in Havana in the pre-Castro years when rich Americans jetted down for entertainment.
Dizzy Gillespie is a tough act to follow. Correctly known as one of the founding fathers of bebop, he is credited perhaps a bit less than he should be as a first-rate composer, arranger and band leader. Add to that his engaging skills as an entertainer, scat singer and jokester, and a complete picture of Gillespie as one of the consummate 20th century artists emerges.
April 30, 1986 | ZAN STEWART
The promotion of jazz will be the main thrust of the National Academy of Jazz. "We're like the Country Music Assn., here simply for the betterment of our art form," said KKGO disc jockey and academy board member Chuck Niles. Plans for the academy were revealed Monday at an informal press reception and jazz performance in the Silver Screen Room at the Hyatt Hotel on the Sunset Strip.
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