May 7, 2002 |
The Playboy Jazz Festival kicked off its annual series of free community concerts Sunday afternoon with performances by the Hollywood Klezmer Jazz Quintet and the Bobby Rodriguez Salsa Orchestra at the Beverly Hills Civic Center Plaza. Blessed with clear skies and warm temperatures, the event drew a crowd of more than 600 listeners to the attractive, open-air setting.
March 20, 2002 |
The performance by the Gerald Clayton Trio on Monday night in Catalina Bar & Grill's Young Artist Jazz Series should have been videotaped for future use. One of those uses would be the opportunity for more jazz fans to hear and see these remarkable young musicians in action. An equally important use would be to screen it for the far too many professional artists who seem to have forgotten the individual excitement, the spirited coming together and the sheer joy of making music.
August 10, 2007 |
The Benny Carter tribute Wednesday at the Hollywood Bowl couldn't have come on a more appropriate date: the 100th anniversary of the birth of the iconic, multiskilled artist who died in 2003. So it wasn't surprising that Carter's creative imagination -- a vital element through nearly eight decades -- was a constant presence in the long and varied program. The event-packed evening, hosted by Quincy Jones, featured a diverse group of performers.
May 24, 2006 |
The term "Third Stream" surfaced in the late '50s and early '60s as a description for works that blended elements of jazz and classical music. Although the phrase was new, the idea wasn't, since composers from Scott Joplin and George Gershwin to Igor Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein had already found ways to link the two. Nearly half a century later, the fascination with Third Stream persists, even though the term itself is now rarely used.
December 4, 2007 |
The Jazz Summit performance at Catalina Bar & Grill on Sunday was much more than a gathering of first-rate talent. Yes, it was a rare treat to hear trumpeter Roy Hargrove, saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianists Gerald Clayton and Tamir Hendelman, guitarist Bruce Forman and singer Roberta Gambarini, among others, on the same stage, in the same program.
February 22, 2006 |
It was apparent from the advance schedule that last weekend's Newport Beach Jazz Party would be an appetizing banquet of musical dishes.
June 10, 2001 |
A common thread runs through the careers of the six Distinguished Artist honorees at Monday's Music Center gala: They got early encouragement. As they accepted their awards, Joel Grey, Eva Marie Saint, Dawn Upshaw, Mark Morris, Herbie Hancock and Joan Boyett each gave credit to their teachers and an early exposure to arts education. Grey, whose award was presented by Carol Burnett, said, "I was 9 when I made my professional stage debut.