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October 29, 1997 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jason Marsalis is a bundle of energy. All arms and legs, tapping a cymbal with one hand, a snare with the other, kicking out bass-drum accents with his right foot while his left taps a metronomic beat on a high-hat cymbal, he is the very model of the modern drummer. It's probably not surprising that Marsalis, who is 20, is so good at such a young age. He is, after all, the youngest--and the tallest--musical member of what is usually described as the first family of jazz.
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April 23, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is The Times' jazz writer
Jazz recordings structured around the theme-and-improvised-variations format have been the source of some stunning music, from Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. But the format has also generated a great deal of far less compelling sounds, especially in recent years, when too many young artists have released albums consisting of little more than lightweight original pieces and stretched-out improvisations.
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April 23, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is The Times' jazz writer
Jazz recordings structured around the theme-and-improvised-variations format have been the source of some stunning music, from Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. But the format has also generated a great deal of far less compelling sounds, especially in recent years, when too many young artists have released albums consisting of little more than lightweight original pieces and stretched-out improvisations.
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October 29, 1997 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jason Marsalis is a bundle of energy. All arms and legs, tapping a cymbal with one hand, a snare with the other, kicking out bass-drum accents with his right foot while his left taps a metronomic beat on a high-hat cymbal, he is the very model of the modern drummer. It's probably not surprising that Marsalis, who is 20, is so good at such a young age. He is, after all, the youngest--and the tallest--musical member of what is usually described as the first family of jazz.
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May 21, 2005 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Frank Morgan's appearance at Catalina Bar & Grill this week was tantalizing on the basis of his playing alone. At 71, the alto saxophonist still commands a style charged with the energy of bebop, galvanized by his vivid imagination and ever-evolving musicality.
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February 8, 1993 | LEONARD FEATHER
Delfeayo Marsalis, the 27-year-old trombonist and composer, was in town during the weekend, leading a sextet Friday and Saturday at the Jazz Bakery. What Branford and Wynton have accomplished for the saxophone and trumpet, the younger brother seems to have achieved on the trombone. His sometimes fierce, burning flurries at up-tempos contrast with a ballad personality that adjusts itself lyrically to "Misty" and "But Beautiful."
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July 9, 1992 | LEONARD FEATHER
The First Family of jazz continues to spread its wings. Tuesday at Catalina, making its initial appearance outside New Orleans, the Delfeayo Marsalis sextet, which continues through Sunday, made its bow. A key figure in the 27-year-old trombonist's support group is the drummer, Jason Marsalis, 15, Delfeayo's youngest brother. Just as surely as brother Wynton drew his main inspiration from Miles Davis, Delfeayo found his chief influence in J.J. Johnson, the father of modern jazz trombone.
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February 19, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The concert by the Marcus Roberts Trio at the CSUN Performing Arts Center on Sunday evening had some echoes of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Roberts, like the late pianist John Lewis--longtime music director of the MJQ--seems to prefer a precisely controlled musical environment. And his interaction with bassist Roland Guerin and drummer Jason Marsalis possessed the same sort of synchronous musical qualities that were a fundamental MJQ attribute.
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May 15, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The grand, high-ceilinged interior of Union Station was a strikingly appropriate setting for a performance by the Marcus Roberts Trio on Sunday afternoon. The final program for this season's Chamber Music in Historic Sites, the concert positioned Roberts' timeless piano style within a structure that has seen most of the iconic jazz figures pass through its chambers.
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January 16, 1995 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As 70-year-old drummer Louie Bellson delivered an amazingly agile and musical solo to close the 22nd International Assn. of Jazz Educators conference on Saturday, all around the room one saw the smiling faces of young musicians. Performances by often remarkable high school and college amateurs had threaded through the three-day event, held at the Anaheim Hilton and Towers. And while some youths were arguably ready for prime time, the seasoned pros demonstrated in evening concerts what it takes, musically speaking, to make it in the jazz world.
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August 24, 1997 | Daniel Cariaga, Daniel Cariaga is a Times staff writer
Many musicians cram multifarious activities into their summer schedules. For young and up-and-coming conductor Grant Gershon, the summer of '97 has taken him from L.A. to Austria to England and back. His frenzied warm-weather schedule ends this week in Cahuenga Pass. And something else ends this week as well. Gershon's three-year appointment as assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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May 13, 2001
Movies Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow head the voice cast for the animated comedy "Shrek," right, about an ornery ogre whose solitude is shattered when fairy tale characters invade his swamp. From PDI/DreamWorks and based on a William Steig children's book. Opens Wednesday at the Century 14 and citywide Friday.
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