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March 12, 1990 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some blues are made for the stage and some blues are probably best left private. James Cotton's audience heard it both ways Friday at Hamptons in a night of blues that became very strange and sad but was never less than authentic. In his opening set, a playful, assured Cotton took his first-rate band and a responsive, hooting and hollering crowd on an energetic 80-minute excursion through traditional Chicago blues.
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October 27, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Eight months ago at private Hollywood venue the Sayers Club, Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr. stood on a tiny stage with his backing band and performed to a small but capacity crowd of handpicked music industry insiders. The 28-year-old player, who came up in a storied Austin blues scene that takes its music seriously, had just been signed by Warner Bros. Records, after years of being managed by his mother from the family's kitchen table and releasing music independently. Last week, Warner released his major label debut, "Blak and Blu. " Though Clark had established himself in Texas and had just released a new four-song EP, most were there as much out of curiosity as drooling anticipation.
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January 9, 1995 | JASON REID
Three days after returning from an injury that delayed the start of his sophomore season six weeks, Long Beach State guard James Cotton acknowledged he is still not well enough to play, and will petition the NCAA for a medical redshirt season, his mother said Sunday night. Cotton--the 1993-94 Big West Conference freshman of the year--made his regular-season debut Thursday night in Long Beach's 98-78 loss to New Mexico State at The Pyramid. Cotton had been out since Nov.
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June 24, 1998 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After more than four decades of playing the blues, 12 of them with legendary Chicago bluesman Muddy Waters, James Cotton has the emotive harp blowin' and raspy-voiced authority of the real deal. Still, the native of Tunica, Miss., is no strict traditionalist.
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December 6, 1991
St. John Bosco 1990-91 RECORDS OVERALL LEAGUE 13-12 2-8 COACH RECORD AT SCHOOL Brian Breslin 0-0 RETURNING STARTER YR. HGT. P Tom Samson Jr. 6-6 C TOP RETURNERS YR. HGT. P Jason Jimeniz Sr. 6-3 F Greg Lidudziewski Sr. 6-3 F/G Armando Solares Sr. 6-0 G TOP NEWCOMERS YR. HGT. P James Cotton Jr. 6-5 F Eddie Ramirez Fr. 6-1 G OUTLOOK Breslin was an assistant at Drake University last season and at Pepperdine the previous year.
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June 26, 1997 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What began as a good week for the Cotton family officially went off the charts Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets selected James Cotton, a Long Beach State guard, with the 33rd pick in the NBA draft. That ended a day of frustration for Cotton, who hoped to be taken in the first round. When the Nuggets took Cotton with the fourth pick in the second round, a celebration erupted in his home.
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March 24, 1997 | JASON REID
James Cotton is expected to announce today whether he will forgo his final season of eligibility at Long Beach State and declare himself eligible for the NBA draft, his parents said Sunday. Cotton, a two-time All-Big West Conference guard, and his parents, James and Gaynell, plan to meet with Long Beach Coach Wayne Morgan and Athletic Director Bill Shumard today.
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October 29, 1996 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time in three seasons, standout Long Beach State guard James Cotton suffered a serious injury during preseason practice, but Cotton said Monday he will be ready to start the regular season. A redshirt junior, Cotton suffered a broken rib landing on a teammate's foot in pursuit of a loose ball during the 49ers' second practice session Sunday night. Cotton was examined at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where X-rays revealed a fracture in his lower right rib.
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May 12, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
Despite the success of the annual Long Beach Blues festival and the establishment of a rival event earlier this year, there's apparently room for one more: The Southern California Blues Festival, held over the weekend at John Anson Ford Theatre in Hollywood, was produced by Dan Jacobson, founder of the successful Long Beach event, and the two-day fest boasted a stellar lineup that included Son Seals, Koko Taylor and Albert Collins.
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February 2, 1996 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They all answered quickly, not even taking a second to ponder. And the question seemed curious to some, even after they saw the latest numbers. The consensus is that Long Beach State guard James Cotton can play better. Everyone in the Long Beach State locker room said so Thursday night after watching Cotton do his thing yet again. Cotton scored a game-high 27 points to lead Long Beach past Cal State Fullerton, 73-56, at Titan Gym.
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August 11, 1997 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Incoming UCLA freshman basketball player Schea Cotton was interviewed by officials from the NCAA and UCLA on Sunday as part of an investigation into late-model cars driven by two UCLA basketball recruits. NCAA investigator Carl Hicks and Rich Herczog, UCLA director of compliance, met with Cotton at his parents' home in Long Beach for almost two hours. Also present were Cotton's parents, James and Gaynell, and his older brother James, a rookie guard with the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics.
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July 31, 1997 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His homecoming wasn't as heartwarming as James Cotton had hoped, because a sore hamstring can ruin the best-laid plans of agents and NBA executives. Cotton aggravated his pesky left hamstring shortly before the Fila Summer Pro League opened July 12, meaning the Seattle SuperSonic rookie guard and former Long Beach State standout would miss all the fun. The league operates at Long Beach's Pyramid, so Cotton was back on his home turf, but only as a cheerleader.
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June 26, 1997 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What began as a good week for the Cotton family officially went off the charts Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets selected James Cotton, a Long Beach State guard, with the 33rd pick in the NBA draft. That ended a day of frustration for Cotton, who hoped to be taken in the first round. When the Nuggets took Cotton with the fourth pick in the second round, a celebration erupted in his home.
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March 25, 1997 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Standout guard James Cotton will forgo his final season of eligibility at Long Beach State to declare himself eligible for the NBA draft, he announced Monday. Cotton, a two-time All-Big West Conference selection, and his parents met Monday with Long Beach Athletic Director Bill Shumard and Coach Wayne Morgan to discuss his options. At that meeting, Cotton told Shumard and Morgan he had already made his decision.
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March 24, 1997 | JASON REID
James Cotton is expected to announce today whether he will forgo his final season of eligibility at Long Beach State and declare himself eligible for the NBA draft, his parents said Sunday. Cotton, a two-time All-Big West Conference guard, and his parents, James and Gaynell, plan to meet with Long Beach Coach Wayne Morgan and Athletic Director Bill Shumard today.
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October 29, 1996 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time in three seasons, standout Long Beach State guard James Cotton suffered a serious injury during preseason practice, but Cotton said Monday he will be ready to start the regular season. A redshirt junior, Cotton suffered a broken rib landing on a teammate's foot in pursuit of a loose ball during the 49ers' second practice session Sunday night. Cotton was examined at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where X-rays revealed a fracture in his lower right rib.
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August 11, 1997 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Incoming UCLA freshman basketball player Schea Cotton was interviewed by officials from the NCAA and UCLA on Sunday as part of an investigation into late-model cars driven by two UCLA basketball recruits. NCAA investigator Carl Hicks and Rich Herczog, UCLA director of compliance, met with Cotton at his parents' home in Long Beach for almost two hours. Also present were Cotton's parents, James and Gaynell, and his older brother James, a rookie guard with the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics.
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January 30, 1991 | TOM HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The routine at St. Irenaeus Catholic School's day care center was disrupted when a celebrity of sorts walked into the classroom, sending some of the preschoolers into a frenzy. "Miss Kim, Miss Kim, Michael Jordan's here," one little girl said to the center's director, Kim Kroll. Well, not quite. As far as anyone knew, Jordan was still jamming in Chicago. But it's easy to see how a 4-year-old could mistake Chevalier (Schea) Cotton for the NBA superstar. Cotton, a muscular 6 feet and 180 pounds, looks as if he is chiseled in granite.
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September 4, 1996 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Schea Cotton, a senior forward at Bellflower St. John Bosco High who is among the most coveted players of this season's college basketball recruiting class, committed Tuesday to Long Beach State, where his brother James is a standout guard. "I was looking at a lot of great schools and it was a real tough decision," Cotton said. "But I wanted to stay close to home and Long Beach just seemed like the best place, the right place, for me. Now I can keep eating my mama's cooking."
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March 6, 1996 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The criticisms are harsh, unwarranted and flat out wrong, people paid to know such things say. But James Cotton has the right to think what he wants . . . about himself. Cotton is unmerciful in his self-evaluations, unforgiving about his self-perceived deficiencies. He speaks at length of his shortcomings, but only reluctantly acknowledges what others claim are his attributes.
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