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February 20, 1989 | DON HECKMAN
Is a jam session enough for a jazz audience? Do improvising musicians owe their audience nothing more than a set of spontaneous variations on standard songs? The question came to mind Friday night at the Upstairs Room at Martoni's Restaurant in Hollywood.
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October 24, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Over time, I've come to trust Jonathan Demme's taste in music. There is something both idiosyncratic and astute about the soundtracks of his narrative features, whether a breakout hit from Bruce Springsteen in "Philadelphia," which won an Oscar for original song, or the more subtle alt-rock shadings in "Rachel Getting Married. " But Demme's documentary work carries a special mystique. The director nearly disappears behind the musicians who are so often his subjects and in doing so catches these enigmatic creatures in their natural habitat.
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NEWS
February 12, 2004 | Valerie Gutierrez, Times Staff Writer
Part carnival attraction, part trade show and part hip-hop party, the 11th annual NBA All-Star Jam Session aims to put bounce in the step of basketball enthusiasts young and old. Or at least to give fans who weren't among the lucky few to get tickets to Sunday's All-Star Game a chance to stop by the neighborhood.
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October 4, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Ernest Miller, who teaches canning and preserving, is an encyclopedia on the topic. Among the many things he told us while we made our first jam and jelly: Some pomegranate trees in California likely date to the days of the mission priests; pectin is a carbohydrate that makes apples crunchy; the word marmalade comes from the word for quince in Portuguese; and jam was first made in Roman times. We made pomegranate jelly (made from juice, should be translucent) and plum jam (jelly with fruit pieces)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 1997 | DON HECKMAN
A jam session with Jack Lemmon, Bea Arthur, Jackie Cooper and Dudley Moore? What a concept. But that's exactly what we get in "This Joint Is Jumpin'," described as a "star-packed jam session." And who knows, maybe it's in direct response to stacks of letters from KCET subscribers asking to hear Cooper's scintillating drumming, Arthur's torch-song singing, and the snappy pianistics of Lemmon and Moore. Let's hope so.
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April 21, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Imagine the jam session you could have if you got a few Beach Boys, Mama Michelle Phillips, Jan Berry of Jan & Dean and legendary producer Phil Spector together with the "Wrecking Crew" session musicians who played on most of their great recordings, all reunited for the first time in ages in a tiny club.
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October 21, 1996 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Guitarist Kenny Burrell's Saturday night performance at the Jazz Bakery was intended to serve as a party to applaud the release of his new album on Concord, "The Jazz Heritage All Stars." Adding icing to the cake, the event also celebrated Burrell's current appointment as the director of UCLA's jazz program. For the overflow audience, however, the performance was more than a party; it was an opportunity to witness an old-fashioned jam session.
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October 14, 1987 | LEONARD FEATHER
A band name such as the Flutet suggests an organized group. However, on the evidence presented Monday at Donte's, it would appear that this is simply a collection of five musicians, co-led by flutists Sam Most and Fernando Gelbard, in a loose and typically casual jam session. Most has been playing jazz flute since those two words sounded like a contradiction in terms.
NEWS
October 17, 2004 | Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press Writer
It was the reporters who noticed first. Unable to call their editors while covering the weddings of the rich and famous, they asked the priest why their cellphones never worked at Sacred Heart. His reply: Israeli counterintelligence. In four Monterrey churches, Israeli-made cellphone jammers the size of paperbacks have been tucked unobtrusively among paintings of the Madonna and statues of the saints.
FOOD
August 27, 1987 | Bert Greene, Greene is a New-York based food writer
I am a man blessed with perpetually high hopes in the kitchen. Every summer, for instance, I decamp to my house in the country with a sole resolve: to make jams and jellies in August or early September. This is a time on the East Coast when fruit is not only ripe and reddening on the vine but the price for it does not bankrupt me.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
How did a master of the Siberian art of throat singing wind up jamming with Frank Zappa and his friends? Kongar-ol Ondar, 51, who died July 25 of complications from a brain hemorrhage in the Russian republic of Tuva, had been invited to ride in the Rose Parade in 1993. At a concert in Pasadena that evening, cartoonist Matt Groening heard him sing and told his friend Zappa about Ondar's astonishing ability to sing two or more notes simultaneously. Zappa, the eclectic musician-composer of the '60s band Mothers of Invention, was ill with cancer but asked if Ondar could sing for him at his home in Los Angeles.
FOOD
August 3, 2013 | RUSS PARSONS
Jessica Koslow is rummaging around in her room-sized walk-in refrigerator at Sqirl, looking for fruit. There are several cases of tiny, intensely flavored Santa Rosa plums from farmer James Burch. Wait, no. How about some of these dry-farmed Blenheim apricots from Mike Cirone of See Canyon? She hoists a case onto her shoulder and hurries to her kitchen. It's time to make jam. While home preserving has the reputation of being unforgiving and demanding, watching a master like Koslow, you realize how easy it really is, especially when you start with the kind of fruit that is flooding the markets right now. A former pastry chef, Koslow turned her jam-making hobby into a business, then she turned the jam business into a store, turned the store into a coffee shop, turned the coffee shop into a restaurant and now is expanding into the space next door, a gourmet market and wine shop that she will share with her old friend and mentor Lou Amdur.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Dave Grohl flexed some serious directorial chops for his documentary "Sound City," conducting interviews with a bevy of A-list rock stars and somehow making a dusty old recording console seem like an object worth caring about . The Foo Fighters frontman even arranged a jam session with no less than Sir Paul McCartney. But Grohl may have outdone himself with a new Soundgarden music video he directed in which the perpetually dour grunge-rock veterans appear to be having -- yes, it's true -- a good time.
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September 13, 2012 | By Mikael Wood, Times Staff Writer
For better or for worse, the Dave Matthews Band has been a blockbuster live act for so long it's helped industrialize the lucrative jam-band scene that now congregates at festivals like Bonnaroo and Gathering of the Vibes. But the Virginia-born band once lived on pop radio with 1996's "So Much to Say," for instance, or the deathless prom-night ballad from that same year, "Crash Into Me. " Matthews himself pointed out what a long strange trip it's been Wednesday evening at the Hollywood Bowl, where his group concluded yet another summer tour just one day after releasing its latest studio album, "Away From the World.
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August 29, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
TAMPA, Fla. - Political conventions are magnets for folks with all sorts of causes, quite unrelated to presidential politics. But one event at the Republican National Convention brought together, among others, Mike Huckabee - the former Arkansas governor, Fox News host and bass guitarist - and Bernie Williams, former New York Yankees center fielder and Latin-Grammy-nominated classical guitarist. They met on Monday afternoon, before the action heated up at the Tampa Bay Times Arena, for an unusual panel discussion a few blocks away at the Tampa Theater, a baroque 1926s movie palace.
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March 16, 2012 | By Rachel B. Levin, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When a circle forms in the middle of a nightclub dance floor, it's often one of two things: Either someone in a drunken party has decided to bust out "the sprinkler" or a posse of breakdancers takes over to showcase its acrobatic power moves. But at the Floor, a unique multi-genre dance night held every third Monday at Hollywood's King King, anything's possible (except, perhaps, the sprinkler). Because it attracts professional dancers and dance enthusiasts from all over the stylistic map, you're just as likely to glimpse a swing dance couple sweeping through the circle with flips and aerials as a pair of tango dancers gliding across in a sultry embrace, or a tap dancer banging out a jazzy freestyle duet with the band's saxophonist.
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September 18, 1989 | A. JAMES LISKA
At its best, jazz is a jam session: A loosely organized gathering of like-minded players who contribute individual content to a shared context. At its worst, jazz is a jam session of ill-suited players whose individual statements conflict in an uncooperative setting (a case of too many chiefs and not enough Indians). Thankfully, bassist Ray Brown's weekend jam session at the Loa was jazz at its best.
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December 19, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
"Gee, this is the oldest band I ever worked with," said Flip Phillips on Saturday during KLON's "Jazz at the Paramount," produced by Ken Poston as a fund-raiser for the jazz-oriented radio station. He may have been right; at 61, tenor saxophonist Allen Eager was the new young kid on the block. Yet what happened during this 1940s-style jam session was less a reliving of a lost past than an energetic reminder of an ongoing maturity.
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February 11, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Some days, it just doesn't pay to try and hand out trophies. The Grammy Awards, which roll around again on Sunday, have long been a popular target for criticism from musicians (think Kanye West), music writers and, on more than one occasion, "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening (Homer's response upon being reminded that he once won a Grammy: "I mean an award that's worth something!"). The Grammys have been accused over time of being out of touch, of favoring commercial success over artistic excellence and of being bloated with too many categories (110 at its peak, compared with about two dozen for the Academy Awards)
SPORTS
February 16, 2011 | By Chris Foster
All that is missing for the NBA Jam Session is a catchphrase, such as "Just Do It," except that the event is sponsored by Adidas. Still, the theme at the Los Angeles Convention Center event Friday through Monday is for fans to experience the NBA. Tickets for what the NBA calls its "premier fan event" are $12 to $20 Friday and Monday and $20 to $30 Saturday and Sunday. "What we're doing is giving fans their own unique All-Star experience," said Gail Hunter, senior vice president of events and attractions for the NBA. "The majority of fans can't get tickets to the All-Star game.
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