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February 11, 1989 | ZAN STEWART
"It was a wonderful era, full of excitement and energy and creativity. I had the time of my life." Howard Rumsey was remembering the period from 1951 to 1961 when, as bassist and club manager, he led the Lighthouse All Stars, one of the West Coast's most revered jazz ensembles, at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach.
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September 18, 2011 | By Greg Burk, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Saxist Charles Owens is going blue for the senior citizens. Blue notes, blue humor. "A dirty mind is a good thing at any age," chuckled Owens, introducing a breezy R&B hip-shaker called "Funk It" at a daytime retirement-community performance in downtown Los Angeles sponsored by the Angeles Plaza Entertainment Committee. "We ain't dead yet!" Owens, 74, means to include jazz itself among the unentombed. The seniors quit text-messaging to clap rhythm in agreement, and Owens' all-ages quintet proceeded to augment standards such as "Misty" and "Take the 'A' Train" with perky Latin grooves and gutty blues, all featuring his own challenging tenor runs and atomized tones.
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September 18, 2011 | By Greg Burk, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Saxist Charles Owens is going blue for the senior citizens. Blue notes, blue humor. "A dirty mind is a good thing at any age," chuckled Owens, introducing a breezy R&B hip-shaker called "Funk It" at a daytime retirement-community performance in downtown Los Angeles sponsored by the Angeles Plaza Entertainment Committee. "We ain't dead yet!" Owens, 74, means to include jazz itself among the unentombed. The seniors quit text-messaging to clap rhythm in agreement, and Owens' all-ages quintet proceeded to augment standards such as "Misty" and "Take the 'A' Train" with perky Latin grooves and gutty blues, all featuring his own challenging tenor runs and atomized tones.
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February 11, 1989 | ZAN STEWART
"It was a wonderful era, full of excitement and energy and creativity. I had the time of my life." Howard Rumsey was remembering the period from 1951 to 1961 when, as bassist and club manager, he led the Lighthouse All Stars, one of the West Coast's most revered jazz ensembles, at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach.
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April 2, 1988
As usual Leonard Feather arrived at the dock, but the boat had just left ("Heritage Foundation Tribute to the Rumseys," March 22). Everything I read in the press--except in The Times--and heard on the radio billed the event as "The Third Annual Paul Bullock Memorial Concert." They also stated that "special tribute will be paid to Joyce and Howard Rumsey for their continued support of the Foundation, especially to the Paul Bullock Scholarshp Fund." I attended the concert and enjoyed it very much.
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March 22, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
Billed as a "Tribute to Joyce and Howard Rumsey," a concert was presented Sunday afternoon by the Jazz Heritage Foundation at the Musicians' Union on Vine Street, with proceeds going to the Paul Bullock Memorial Scholarship Fund for young music students. (Bullock was a key figure in the launching of the foundation.
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October 20, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
After months of uncertainty, plans are under way for the reopening of Donte's, the North Hollywood room that was a jazz landmark for 22 years until its closing in April. The property on Lankersheim Boulevard was recently acquired by David Robert Silvert, a real estate developer and talent manager. "We are having the room restored and redecorated," he said, "and we are hoping to be able to open New Year's Eve.
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March 5, 1987 | LEONARD FEATHER
Shorty Rogers, one of the most recorded jazzmen of a generation ago, has been making a comeback in recent years. Friday, he brought a big band to Donte's; Tuesday, he led a quintet in the first of a series of live broadcasts on KKGO that will emanate weekly from the Biltmore Hotel, hosted by Chuck Niles. You could say the only thing missing Friday was Howard Rumsey on bass. Many of Rogers' and Rumsey's colleagues from the Lighthouse years were on hand: Bob Cooper, Bob Enevoldsen and Pete Jolly.
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March 17, 2005 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Larry Bunker, a drummer and percussionist who played with a who's who of jazz giants and fashioned a busy career as a film musician, has died. He was 76. Bunker died March 8 at Queen of Angels-Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from a recent stroke, said his wife, Brandyn. A native of Long Beach, Bunker was musically inclined from an early age and was self-taught on piano, accordion, drums and saxophone. In 1946, he was accepted into the U.S.
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September 23, 1993 | ZAN STEWART
Here's what a handful of former Herman sidemen, who'll be taking part in "Early Autumn," have been up to in recent years: Shorty Rogers (with Herman from 1945 to '50): Since the mid-'50s, the trumpeter-fluegelhornist has been writing for films and TV.
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May 25, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The label "West Coast jazz" always has meant different things to different observers. Some believe West Coast jazz reached its peak in the '30s and '40s, during the halcyon years of the Central Avenue music scene. For others, the music that surfaced in the '50s via the playing of artists such as Gerry Mulligan, Shorty Rogers, Art Pepper and Bud Shank (among dozens of others) is the preferred West Coast jazz of treasured memory.
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December 22, 1990 | LEONARD FEATHER
Nostalgia can be a powerful weapon, but it needs a little sharpening to lift it out of the realm of mere sentimentality. The Lighthouse All Stars, opening Thursday to a packed house at Catalina's, made it very clear that they are aware of this necessity. Officially a cooperative, the eight-piece group is in effect co-led by Shorty Rogers, who plays the fluegelhorn and has written or rewritten most of the library, and alto saxophonist Bud Shank.
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