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November 30, 1991 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Electric bassist Max Bennett doesn't have a high opinion of a lot of the jazz he hears nowadays--just what you'd expect from a guy who once played with Charlie Parker. But Bennett isn't a be-bop purist, by any means. He was an integral part of saxophonist Tom Scott's groundbreaking fusion outfit, the L.A. Express, back in the '70s and has recorded with the Crusaders, Joni Mitchell, Quincy Jones, Frank Zappa and the Four Tops.
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April 18, 2014 | By Chris Barton
A selection of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows head for Los Angeles in the coming days. Regina Carter at the Jazz Bakery Jazz violin isn't a crowded field, but Regina Carter remains a standout regardless. After exploring African music with the critically acclaimed "Reverse Thread" in 2010, Carter turns toward her roots in Americana and folk on her latest album, "Southern Comfort," and the results are just as arresting. Mingling swift, sawing runs with guitar and accordion, Carter delivers fresh takes on rootsy classics including "Hickory Wind," "Honky Tonkin'" and a funky, electronics-dusted "Trampin'.
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March 3, 2011
After a sleeper Grammy win in 2008, the jazz piano titan Herbie Hancock gained some new commercial momentum. Here, he takes his airtight and adventurous band ? with saxophonist Wayne Shorter, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta ? to Disney Hall for a night of searing standards and progressive takes on newer cuts from his career. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 1111 Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $45.75-$118. http://www.laphil.com.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers climbed to 26 wins on Monday night, defeating the Utah Jazz, 119-104, behind a big night from Nick Young. In beating the Jazz, the Lakers lost the chance to finish the season tied with Utah at 25 wins. The Jazz (24-57) have the fourth-worst record in the NBA. A Lakers' loss could have set up a three-way tie in the NBA draft lottery standings with the Jazz and Boston Celtics (25-56) -- each having a 9% chance at the top overall pick. Instead, the Lakers have dipped down to sixth in the lottery, with a 6.3% chance at the No. 1 selection.
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December 3, 1987 | RICK SHERWOOD, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A Florida bar manager accused of fatally beating jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius is being charged with second-degree murder. Prosecutors decided to file a direct charge against Luc Havan, 25, without presenting the case to a grand jury. Havan already had been charged with aggravated battery after allegedly beating Pastorius outside the Wilton Manors nightclub that Havan managed. Pastorius, 35, died Sept. 21.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2012
JAZZ Celebrating Los Angeles' rich jazz tradition, the 17th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival takes on additional gravitas in the shadow of the historic Dunbar Hotel, which in its heyday counted Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Billie Holiday among its guests. The hotel is undergoing a restoration effort. Two afternoons of music include the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Poncho Sanchez, Phil Ranelin and the soulful blues of Sons of Etta, a band featuring Etta James' son Donto on drums.
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February 6, 2011
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall, downtown L.A. When: 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Feb. 13 (with the Los Angeles Philharmonic) and 8 p.m. Feb. 15 Tickets: $45.75 to $177 Information: (323) 850-2000 or http://www.laphil.com
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April 15, 2014 | By David Colker
Cuban-born drummer Armando Peraza, a self-taught musician who transformed himself from a homeless orphan in Havana to a world-recognized bongo and conga expert who performed with Carlos Santana for nearly two decades, died Monday in a South San Francisco hospital. The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Josephine Peraza. Peraza had also battled diabetes for many years. Officially, Peraza was 89, but he admitted that he made up a birth date to give to authorities when he came to the United States in the late 1940s and was never sure of his exact age. Peraza, who also played with George Shearing and other jazz greats, was known for combining a blindingly fast drumming technique with a flamboyant style that audiences loved.
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (25-55) play arguably their most important game of the season on Monday night, visiting the also-lottery-bound Utah Jazz (24-56). Measured by futility, both teams are well-positioned for the 2014 NBA draft lottery. The Jazz are currently the fourth-worst team in the league, but another win would push them into a three-way tie in the win column with the Boston Celtics and Lakers. While each team would have an equal 9% chance at the top pick in the NBA draft, the league would flip coins to determine the order of each franchise -- should they not win the lottery.
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 102, Utah Jazz 87 (end of regulation) The Lakers had everything to gain with a loss in Utah on Monday night, but Nick Young wasn't thinking about the team's lottery standing when he scored 41 points to lead the Lakers to a 119-104 win. Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Lakers started the fourth quarter on a 16-1 run. The Jazz never recovered, falling to 24-57 on the season with one game left to play. Utah can clinch at least the fourth position in May's 2014 NBA draft lottery with a loss Wednesday to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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April 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SALT LAKE CITY - Poor Lakers. They lose even when they win. They hammered the similarly woeful Utah Jazz on Monday, 119-104, but damaged their lottery percentages for the draft. If the Lakers had lost, Utah would have caught them (and Boston) in the overall standings, forging a three-way tie for the NBA's fourth-worst record. BOX SCORE: Lakers 119, Jazz 104 Now the Lakers (26-55) will probably finish with the sixth-worst record and a 6.3% chance at the No. 1 pick at the May 20 lottery.
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April 13, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 6 PDT. Where: EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 25-54 through Saturday; Jazz 24-56. Record vs. Jazz: 1-2. Update: Utah has lost 15 of its last 17 games, the victories coming against Orlando by a point and New Orleans by four. Utah is 29th in the league in scoring, averaging only 94.4 points a game. Guard-forward Gordon Hayward is averaging 16.1 points, the only Jazz player averaging more than 14 a game.
SPORTS
April 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The 2013-14 regular season will come to a close Wednesday. With a record of 25-54, the Lakers stand in 25th place overall, which translates to sixth in the NBA's draft lottery standings. On May 20, the league will randomly select the top-three picks by lottery.  Teams that do not win are slotted four through 14, in order of worst records. Should teams finish the season with identical records, the NBA turns to coin flips to break any ties. The Lakers have three games remaining: Sunday against the playoff contending Memphis Grizzlies (47-32)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014
An in-demand bassist who studied under Charlie Haden and has performed with a rich roster of talents that includes Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Nels Cline and Scott Amendola, Todd Sickafoose's knotted and lovely 2008 album, "Tiny Resistors," was one of the top jazz releases of that year. Finally at the cusp of delivering an encore, Sickafoose reunites an all-star band that includes violinist Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg and drummer Allison Miller to premiere a piece dubbed "Bear Proof," a work commissioned by Chamber Music America.
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March 28, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Michael Buble and Diana Ross will be among the music world's biggest names converging on Montreal this summer for the popular Festival International de Jazz. The festival , now in its 35th year, is expected to draw 2 1/2 million people to Canada's second largest city during its 11-day run in late June and early July. This summer's lineup includes Buble (July 4 and 5), Keith Jarrett (June 28), Bobby McFerrin (June 30), Dianne Reeves (June 27) and Ross (July 3)
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