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.
December 6, 2005 |
The notes were in the right place Sunday night at Disney Hall. The music from Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady," rendered in a jazz version arranged more than 40 years ago by John Williams and conducted by him Sunday, was played with crisp precision by an all-star big band. The Steve Houghton Quintet, featuring trumpeter Carl Saunders and alto saxophonist Gary Foster, provided highflying jazz solos.
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.
October 17, 1997 |
Pianist Alan Broadbent's trio, with guest saxophonist Gary Foster, gave a performance Wednesday night that recalled the West Coast jazz movement, something most fitting to the occasion: Steamers Cafe's third-anniversary celebration. Jazz clubs such as Steamers are increasingly rare.
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.
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?
August 17, 2007 |
The unlikely friendship between Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and skid row musician Nathaniel Anthony Ayers is set to become a motion picture at DreamWorks SKG starring Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx as the musician.
October 1, 2002 |
Die-hard Disney fans say they are being shortchanged by the company's decision Monday to shut down a discount club inspired by the company's founder. The latest dispute between fans and Walt Disney Co.'s corporate managers centers on the Burbank entertainment company's decision to close the Disney Club by next year.
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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.
September 12, 2007 |
Name an area of musical imagination and Clare Fischer's probably been there, from jazz and classical to pop, rock and R&B. Everything the veteran composer/arranger/pianist does blends skillful craftsmanship with musical credibility, but for jazz fans he has done some of his most compelling work for big bands. Although Fischer, 78, has had some health problems recently, his work schedule continues unabated via a creative partnership with his son, Brent Fischer.