August 28, 1995 |
"The Amazing Panda Adventure" is a lively family entertainment in which two very capable young actors, Ryan Slater and Yi Ding, plus an irresistible panda cub, sustain pretty well some continuity glitches and credibility-straining moments. Its wilderness locations in China's Himalayan mountain highlands are also a real plus. (The film, which opened Friday, was not screened in advance for critics by Warner Bros.
August 30, 1990 |
Big jazz bands are a rare breed these days, sustained for the most part by the dedication of musicians willing to work free rehearsals and low-paying gigs. Groups like the Elliott-Ingram Band, which appeared at Catalina Bar & Grill Monday night with saxophonist Gary Foster as guest soloist, illustrate both the promises and the problems of this approach. The ensemble has been in existence for about 2 1/2 years, led by saxophonist Steve Elliott and trumpeter Roger Ingram.
February 2, 2000 |
Grammy celebration month began a day early Monday with an exhilarating, four-hour, all-star jam session at the Jazz Bakery. Attended by a packed crowd, it was the first of four similar events leading up to Grammy Awards night on Feb. 23. The setup for the evening harked back to one of the most venerable jazz concert formats: a Jazz at the Philharmonic-style presentation in which a single rhythm section backed a series of upfront soloists.
June 25, 1993 |
The Scene: Wednesday's benefit premiere of TriStar's "Sleepless in Seattle" at the Cineplex Odeon theater. A sit-down dinner followed in the Century Plaza Hotel's Los Angeles Ballroom. The evening, which netted $2.5 million for the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, was thought to be by far the most financially successful benefit premiere in history. "As far as I know it's the biggest," said honoree Edie Wasserman. "And I've been here since 1939."
November 15, 1987 |
No. 5, the lovable robot of "Short Circuit," helped push that film to a lovable $100 million in worldwide theatrical and ancillary revenues--surprisingly without merchandising tie-ins to the lovable movie. But the nuts-and-bolts humanoid, laboring in Toronto for producers Lawrence Turman and David Foster and director Kenneth Johnson in "Short Circuit II," appealed most strongly to the under-14 audience. So No. 5 is about to lose its merchandising innocence.
January 5, 2008 |
Stan Getz was both the subject and the honoree in the performance of Don Menza's septet Thursday night at Charlie O's in Van Nuys. And what better way to honor the jazz icon than with a Four Brothers-style saxophone section and rhythm, featuring three tenor saxophonists, each displaying differing aspects of his multifaceted playing?
May 16, 1997 |
The new $4-million Beverly Hills Spago would seem the natural lair for the media moguls Ken Auletta has such a deft touch in making talk. What better place for a Rupert Murdoch, Sumner Redstone, Michael Eisner or John Malone to dine?
February 5, 1988 |
There was an odd appropriateness to the fact that the Warne Marsh tribute at Donte's on Tuesday night took place, so to speak, in jazz time--that floating reality in which schedules, deadlines and appointments lose their significance. Marsh's music was like that. The tenor saxophonist, who died last year during a performance on the same stage, was a masterful manipulator of jazz rhythms.
January 5, 2000 |
Effective jazz singing demands a number of seemingly incompatible skills. There is, first of all, the need to essentially perform like a musical instrument, moving through melodies in an improvisational fashion, interacting with the harmonies and generating an inner sense of swing. At the same time, however, there is the need to respect the song and its message and to find a balance between the musical and the storytelling aspects of a performance.
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July 28, 2000 |
There was a point in accordion player Frank Marocco's career when his instrument had fallen out of favor and he turned to the piano to make a living. At one point during this period, in the early to mid-1970s, he worked with Les Brown's Band of Renown for four years. Then Marocco got some solid advice from his friend, the late acclaimed studio guitarist Tommy Tedesco, who asked him why be a dime-a-dozen pianist when he could be a top-drawer accordionist.