September 4, 2000 |
All-star festival shows often leave a lot to be desired. One act dutifully follows another, each cranking out a few familiar hits and one or two new items. So give the touring Montreux Jazz Festival 2000 credit for trying something new.
January 6, 1999 |
The strengths and weaknesses of jazz in the late '90s are immediately apparent in this year's Grammy nominees. Among the strengths: The contemporary jazz performance category, despite the tendency to minimize this particular genre, is filled with first-rate outings from Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller and the Yellowjackets.
January 26, 2004 |
Opportunity and spirit were as present on the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday night as they were on the surface of Mars. Not in the form of robotic rovers, of course, but in the combination of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and jazz artists Billy Childs, George Duke and Dianne Reeves.
June 6, 1997 |
Al Jarreau was singing the same old tunes at the Greek Theatre Sunday night. But he brought enough twists and improvisational mischief to his set to give even the most familiar numbers a wondrous freshness. While established material might be just what you'd expect from a vocalist whose only album of the last two years is a recently released "Best of . . . " collection, the treatment of that material, especially invigorated and playful, little resembled the original recordings.
August 26, 2001
Movies The long-delayed "O," which transposes "Othello" to a contemporary boarding school, stars Mekhi Phifer, above left with Josh Hartnett, and Julia Stiles. Directed by Tim Blake Nelson, the Shakespearean tragedy was adapted by Brad Kaaya. Opens Friday. Theater Bea Arthur, best known from TV's "Maude" and "Golden Girls," will perform her one-woman show, "An Evening With Bea Arthur," songs and stories drawn from her six decades of work on stage and in film and television.
December 18, 2000 |
Stevie Wonder's holiday wish list reaches well beyond dreams of Christmas snow and glistening treetops. Reawakening the joy of a childhood Christmas is one wish, which he fulfilled musically in "I Wish," one highlight of his 4 1/2-hour House Full of Toys benefit Saturday at the Great Western Forum. Another is that the event, now in its fifth year, will someday be international in scope.
December 23, 1998 |
When pianist Kenny Kirkland died suddenly a few weeks ago, he was all alone in his New York home, undiscovered until a few days after his passing. The circumstances were unfortunate, but not necessarily surprising, given Kirkland's reportedly well-known history of failing to return phone calls. On Monday night at Catalina Bar & Grill, however, the real extent of the affection and friendship that existed for Kirkland was obvious.
June 16, 1989 |
The Hemet High School Jazz Band, winner of the Western States Jazz Festival, kicks off the 11th annual Playboy Jazz Festival on Saturday and Sunday at Hollywood Bowl. On Saturday's schedule--in order of appearance--beginning at 2:30 p.m. (and changing approximately on the hour thereafter), are Hemet High; pianist Michel Camilo; vibist Terry Gibbs' Dream Band; bassist Stanley Clarke and keyboardist George Duke; Latin/pop sounds from Ruben Blades y Son Del Solar; guitarist Larry Carlton; mainstream trumpeter Wynton Marsalis; jazz/funk saxman Grover Washington, Jr.; and the diverse Buckwheat Zydeco.