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February 9, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
Everybody wants Jacob Armen, the Buddy Rich of the 1980s. The Berklee College of Music in Boston has offered him a scholarship. His parents have been turning down television offers right and left (with an occasional exception such as "The Tonight Show," on which he will be a guest tonight of the avocational drummer Johnny Carson). Armen has played his drums to standing ovations at the Monterey Jazz Festival and the National Assn. of Jazz Educators Convention in San Diego.
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February 20, 1997 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When it comes to drummer Jacob Armen, wunderkind is an understatement. He could keep perfect time when he was only 8 months old. At 18 months, he was playing a full drum set, and four months later he was performing in public. At 7, he earned standing ovations at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Jacob will celebrate his 16th birthday Saturday with--what else?--a concert with his fusion band at the Cal State Northridge Performing Arts Center.
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April 11, 1989 | A. JAMES LISKA
By the time Louie Bellson got around to taking his seat behind his drums at "An Afternoon of Jazz" at Agoura High School on Sunday afternoon, a nearly full house had already been treated to the impressive big-band sounds of the school's award-winning "A" and "B" jazz ensembles. "They're really an inspiration," Bellson said during the three-hour show's intermission. "They know a lot more, can play a lot better than kids could when I was young." Bellson, who will turn 65 this July and who seems the embodiment of "forever young," fronted a big band composed of the youngsters.
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April 11, 1989 | A. JAMES LISKA
By the time Louie Bellson got around to taking his seat behind his drums at "An Afternoon of Jazz" at Agoura High School on Sunday afternoon, a nearly full house had already been treated to the impressive big-band sounds of the school's award-winning "A" and "B" jazz ensembles. "They're really an inspiration," Bellson said during the three-hour show's intermission. "They know a lot more, can play a lot better than kids could when I was young." Bellson, who will turn 65 this July and who seems the embodiment of "forever young," fronted a big band composed of the youngsters.
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February 20, 1997 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When it comes to drummer Jacob Armen, wunderkind is an understatement. He could keep perfect time when he was only 8 months old. At 18 months, he was playing a full drum set, and four months later he was performing in public. At 7, he earned standing ovations at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Jacob will celebrate his 16th birthday Saturday with--what else?--a concert with his fusion band at the Cal State Northridge Performing Arts Center.
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May 2, 1993 | STEVE APPLEFORD, Steve Appleford writes regularly about music for The Times
One of chorale music's lasting traditions is the popularity of Felix Mendelssohn's "Elijah," which remains among the most-performed works several generations after its 1846 debut in England. But a potential audience of more than 1 billion has been left out in modern China, where the government has long disallowed any performance because of its religious theme.
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May 3, 1989 | ZAN STEWART
As in the past, the Playboy Jazz Festival--on tap at the Hollywood Bowl, June 17-18--will be preceded by a number of free community events, designed, according to a Playboy spokeswoman, "to bring the festival to the public at large and promote a greater understanding and awareness of all forms of jazz music." Kicking off the concerts is a Cinco de Mayo bash--headlining Poncho Sanchez, Wishful Thinking and 1 + One (featuring Patrice Rushen and Ndugu Chancler)--at Monarch Quad, Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, on May 7, 1:30 p.m. On May 14 at 1:30 p.m., Bill Berry and the L.A. Band, the Rhythm Kings and String of Pearls will swing things in a Salute to Seniors at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
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November 18, 1990 | LEONARD FEATHER, Leonard Feather is The Times' jazz critic.
On a recent evening at Catalina's, Hollywood's jazz center, the music was provided by the trumpeter Red Rodney, 63, survivor of the bebop wars and best known for his stint in the 1940s with Charlie Parker. But sharing the front line with Rodney was a vigorously inventive saxophonist, Chris Potter, 19, who played tenor, alto and soprano sax with a similar degree of maturity. Later, Potter presented an imaginative solo at the piano.
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September 24, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sound is uniquely mournful, a plaintive wail from some timeless source, with a nuanced timbre somewhere between a woodwind instrument and a human voice. It is the duduk, a 1,500-year-old instrument made of apricot wood. The duduk embodies the soul of traditional Armenian musical culture--itself one of the oldest musical cultures on the planet.
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February 9, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
Everybody wants Jacob Armen, the Buddy Rich of the 1980s. The Berklee College of Music in Boston has offered him a scholarship. His parents have been turning down television offers right and left (with an occasional exception such as "The Tonight Show," on which he will be a guest tonight of the avocational drummer Johnny Carson). Armen has played his drums to standing ovations at the Monterey Jazz Festival and the National Assn. of Jazz Educators Convention in San Diego.
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