March 24, 2010
Today Ben Stiller; Curt and Shonda Schilling; Harlan Coben. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Liam Hemsworth; Jack Hanna; Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer and Charlie McDermott. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Regis and Kelly Jimmy Kimmel; Carrot Top. 9 a.m. KABC The View Richard Lewis; Eden Sher; Atticus Shaffer. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Dr. Robert Montgomery discusses kidney swaps; an at-home dialysis machine. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Martha Stewart Show Rob Corddry.
July 27, 2007 |
Technology and jazz came face to face at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night in "Jazz at the Movies." The basis of their meeting seemed promising enough: a large ensemble consisting of a big band and a full string section performing selections from jazz-based film scores in sync with video clips of scenes from pictures as far ranging as "Anatomy of a Murder," "Bird," "Paris Blues" and others. But neither side emerged intact.
July 23, 2007 |
"Cool Britannia!" at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday was a good idea in principle, less successful in its delivery. It's not as though there was a lack of resources available, given the presence onstage of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by the gregarious Bramwell Tovey, and the Pacific Chorale, directed by John Alexander. Add to that the rising young jazz star singer-pianist Jamie Cullum, and there was plenty of potential for a very cool evening, indeed.
December 1, 2006 |
The word "crooner" dominates every piece of publicity about singer Brian Evans, from his website to reviews of his albums and concerts. Evans, himself, uttered it during his performance Wednesday at Catalina Bar & Grill. This, despite the derogatory connotation it carried when it first surfaced in the '30s, and "crooners" such as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra were not pleased with the label.
December 14, 2007 |
Clint Eastwood is a man of action, and not just on the screen. That was clear to songwriter Carole Bayer Sager when she picked up the phone a few months ago and Eastwood was on the line, calling from his car. After some chitchat, he explained that he was scoring a new independent film, "Grace Is Gone," and wanted to know if Sager would consider collaborating on a song. "He said he wanted to come by and play it for me and I said yes, of course, I would be honored," Sager said.
November 25, 2004 |
Ryan CABRERA is a singer-songwriter who was first introduced to the world as the boyfriend of Ashlee Simpson on the MTV reality show that chronicled the production of her first album. But since then, the 22-year-old Dallas native has seen his own debut, "Take It All Away," enter the charts in August at No. 8. When Cabrera isn't on tour or locked away in his friend's studio writing songs, he likes to hang out at all the places he first visited when he came to L.A. in search of a record deal.
June 19, 2006 |
The witching hour at the Playboy Jazz Festival usually strikes between 5 and 6 o'clock. That's the time at which a long afternoon of imbibing, under skin-searing sunlight, generates mass receptivity to the groove -- an opportunity to shake out all the kinks before dinner leads into the performances of the prime-time headliners.
June 20, 2006 |
A quick glance at the program for Sunday's Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl would lead one to believe that just about every stylistic base had been covered, including several with marginal connections to jazz. But experiencing the performances, on the second day of one of the annual program's most sun-baked weekends, eventually brought to mind a distinctive absence in the lineup: There wasn't a single female jazz singer present, on Saturday or Sunday.
February 13, 2005 |
So many categories, so little time. The Times' critics zero in on the awards that mean the most to them, separating the contenders from the pretenders. Let's start at the top. Album of the year Ray Charles and Various Artists: "Genius Loves Company" Green Day: "American Idiot" Alicia Keys: "The Diary of Alicia Keys" Usher: "Confessions" Kanye West: "The College Dropout" Even a habitual gambler is probably going to sit out this race because there are so many intangibles involved.
October 11, 2004 |
The lesson of the Ray Charles tribute concert Friday at Staples Center surely would have made Charles smile knowingly: If you want great soul music, you'd better call on a great soul man. Fortunately, Al Green answered that call with an electrifying rendition of Charles' 1959 classic "What'd I Say" that brought an exhilarating surge to an otherwise uneven evening. Racing onstage as fast as a bronco out of a rodeo chute, Green jumped into the number with both feet -- literally.