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October 31, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It seemed like an intriguing idea to book Cuba's Jesus "Chucho" Valdes on the same bill with Brazil's Ivan Lins. Different in style, substance and language, they nonetheless represent aspects of the enormous, far-reaching variety of Latin music. And both, in their own way, have reciprocated the influence of jazz by producing music that in turn has impacted American artists. But the duo's concert at UCLA's Royce Hall Thursday night didn't quite deliver as expected.
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December 12, 1987 | DON HECKMAN
You've got to give singer Mark Murphy credit for hanging in there. After toiling for three decades or so in the jazz vineyards with moderate but never really spectacular success, he continues to give his heart to the sounds and rhythms he calls the music of life. Thursday night at the Vine St. Bar & Grill, Murphy belted, scatted, grooved and catted his way through a set of tried-and-true jazz standards, adding a sprinkling of Brazilian songs for seasoning.
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September 10, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When a concert of Brazilian music can't trigger much more than some mildly enthusiastic applause and a minimal amount of dancing in the aisles, something hasn't gone quite right. With Ivan Lins as a headliner, and veteran jazz and bossa nova singer Leny Andrade on the bill at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, one might have hoped for a more vigorous response.
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September 21, 1987 | LEONARD FEATHER
Thursday evening at Catalina's, Toots Thielemans was only one chorus into his opening number when a burst of applause made it clear that he had the audience as well as the harmonica in the palm of his hand. This small stepchild of the instrumental family was only his secondary instrument when the Belgian virtuoso burst into national prominence in the 1950s, mainly playing guitar, with the George Shearing Quintet.
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December 1, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
You have to give Bill Cantos credit for aiming high. The pianist-singer-songwriter's new album bears the challenging title "Love Wins: New Standards for the New Millennium." But in the opening set of his one-nighter Tuesday at the Jazz Bakery, Cantos was quick to note that choice of the title was based on inspiration rather than any boastful sense that he rates with the likes of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and the other architects of the Great American Songbook.
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May 16, 1997 | DON HECKMAN
Jazz began as a collective music--a communal act of creation in which ensemble improvisation was the core of the performance. All that changed when Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and others brought the soloist to the foreground, sometimes at the expense of the ensemble sound.
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October 28, 2002 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
There was a striking difference between the Jane Monheit who showed up on stage at Pepperdine's Smothers Theatre on Friday night and the Jane Monheit who is represented on her new CD, "In the Sun." Anyone hearing her in concert for the first time would have had little difficulty identifying her as a jazz singer -- and a good one, at that. In contrast, anyone experiencing Monheit for the first time on the CD could easily be reluctant to use the label at all.
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October 17, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
With its Hebrew name and Lebanese cuisine, it may seem odd that La Ve Lee, the restaurant at 12514 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, recently launched an entertainment policy with Brazilian music. (Not strange to the owner, however; as he pointed out, they've got an awful lot of Lebanese in Brazil.
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February 26, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Latin jazz, smooth jazz and the blues will be prominently featured at the 21st annual Playboy Jazz Festival on June 12 and 13 at the Hollywood Bowl. The two-day lineup, which was announced Thursday in a press conference at the Playboy Mansion, headlines Ray Charles, Grover Washington Jr., Joshua Redman and Chucho Valdes.
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