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.
January 26, 1986 |
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.
August 23, 1985 |
Disorganization almost scuttled the International Jazz Hall of Fame's second induction and awards ceremony. Some musicians from the Count Basie and Woody Herman orchestras refused to play Wednesday night when their paychecks were not available by 8 p.m, the scheduled start time of the charity event at downtown Kansas City's Music Hall. "No pay, no play," said the manager for Woody Herman, one of several jazz greats inducted into the Hall of Fame Wednesday night.
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.
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June 15, 2013 |
Sam Most, a pioneering jazz flutist who performed with a stylistically diverse range of artists, including Tommy Dorsey, Donald Byrd, Herbie Mann and Charles Mingus, died Thursday at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills. He was 82. Most had cancer, said his brother, Bernard. Jazz historian Leonard Feather once called Most "probably the first great jazz flutist," who began his career playing with Dorsey. "Though his sound may not be 'legitimate' by orthodox standards," Feather wrote in the Los Angeles Times in 1978, "he is a rhythmically engaging performer whose peppery, witty style may take hold of a set of chord changes and never let go for a half-dozen beautifully constructed choruses.