April 30, 1986 |
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.
January 26, 1988 |
Veteran Dizzy Gillespie watchers have long since learned what to expect, and what not to expect, in any of his concerts: plenty of patter from the paterfamilias of bop, but enough incomparable trumpet creativity to make it all worthwhile. True, at El Camino College on Saturday, he still "introduced" the men in his quintet (to one another --a tired gag that no longer draws much of a laugh).
March 19, 2001 |
Conte Candoli and Pete Candoli, trumpet-playing brothers, have been jazz stars since the '40s. But there was no sign of musical wear and tear in their set at Charlie O's Friday night, delivered to an enthusiastic, packed-house crowd. Over the years, Conte--at 73, four years younger than his brother--has been primarily identified as an improvising artist, while Pete has been much admired for his dependable work as a lead trumpeter.
February 12, 1987 |
Loa's, the Southland's newest jazz club and restaurant, opened Tuesday evening. It was one of those celebrity-heavy, television-covered first nights best summed up in three words: Quincy was there. Not surprising, perhaps, for both Quincy Jones and Ray Brown, who is musical director at the Loa, are old jazz pals and fellow alumni of the Dizzy Gillespie orchestra.
July 19, 1998
The Billy Higgins Quartet was swinging an updated arrangement of the old Nat "King" Cole standard "Nature Boy" when singer Dwight Trible took the stage.
December 3, 1985 |
Call it burnout. Call it stagnation or a loss of discipline. Four years ago, playwright Charlie Russell moved to San Diego after 17 years in New York. He had not written a play in seven years. Russell had four plays, a couple of television scripts and some short stories to his credit. He is best known for his play "Five on the Black Hand Side." Written in 1974, the play has become a staple of black theater groups in several countries.
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July 1, 2013 |
Paul Smith, a jazz pianist, arranger-composer and music director for stars such as Sammy Davis Jr., Anita O'Day, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, the Andrews Sisters, Sarah Vaughan and Rosemary Clooney, has died. He was 91. Smith died of heart failure Saturday at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, publicist Alan Eichler said. At 6 feet 5, with hands that easily spanned the piano keyboard well beyond octaves, Smith was an impressive sight on stage. Playing with a versatility comparable to that of Oscar Peterson and a harmonic richness similar to the work of Bill Evans, he was both a brilliant soloist and an accompanist who was highly praised by the many singers with whom he performed.
March 16, 2014 |
There are few surer bets in the concert industry than an anniversary celebration. Seen across the musical spectrum, including recent tours commemorating Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" as well as this year's star-studded televised salute to the Beatles, such tributes reliably serve two constituencies in showing young listeners the value of history while allowing longtime fans to savor a bit of nostalgia. At a crowded Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic offered a doubleheader of such tributes with "60+60," a concert featuring two ensembles that honored the 60th anniversaries of the Newport Jazz Festival and the landmark live recording "Jazz at Massey Hall.
August 16, 1991 |
The Ambassador Foundation is another cultural institution that--like the Los Angeles Music Center and New York's Lincoln Center--is significantly expanding its jazz presentations. The nonprofit, Pasadena-based foundation, which offers mostly classical music artists at 1,300-seat Ambassador Auditorium during its September-to-June season, is spotlighting jazz for its first-ever summer event.
January 7, 1993 |
The passing of Dizzy Gillespie will no doubt be characterized as marking the end of an era. Actually, it's more than that. By the time he reached the final decade of his life, Gillespie had become the most honored, the most respected, the most universally praised musician--not merely of the bebop era of which he had long been a symbol, but in the entire history of jazz. The music world knew him as a nonpareil trumpet virtuoso.