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August 16, 2012
MUSIC As longtime head of Culver City's adventurous Cryptogramophone label as well as executive director of the still-itinerant Jazz Bakery as it searches for a home, violinist Jeff Gauthier somehow finds time to be an inventive composer as well. Last year's album "Open Source" was one of the year's most captivating recordings with contributions from his longtime collaborators Nels and Alex Cline, and here he brings that music to life with his current "Goatette" that includes Alex Cline on drums and keyboardist David Witham.
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December 16, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Though still-itinerant while waiting for a planned new home in Culver City, the Jazz Bakery was awarded an NEA Art Works Grant of $15,000, which will be put toward staging three shows with ensembles led by Ron Carter, Kenny Barron and Toshiko Akioshi. Scheduled for 2014, the concerts will also include a master class and a pre-concert lecture from the three NEA Jazz Masters.  The shows will be presented as part of the bakery's ongoing Movable Feast concert series, and dates and times for the concerts have yet to be finalized.
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February 7, 2013
Fresh off an eclectic monthlong residency at the Blue Whale, Grammy-nominated keyboardist John Beasley leads this funk and soul-jazz-oriented trio joined by bassist Daryl Jones and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. The trio, titled 3 Brave Souls, will be joined by a pair of vocalists in Nayanna Holley and Dwight Trible, who reliably can take any song directly into interstellar space. The Jazz Bakery at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Fri., 8 p.m. $25. http://www.jazzbakery.com .
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September 25, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Citing "circumstances beyond our control," the Jazz Bakery announced that the Robert Glasper Experiment has canceled its upcoming appearance at the Angel City Jazz Festival, which is set to kick off Friday, Oct. 4. Glasper was scheduled to perform on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School in downtown L.A. in a concert presented by the Bakery, which co-produces the festival with Angel City Arts. The festival has announced that the Terence Blanchard Quintet will perform in Glasper's place on the same date and at the same venue, with tickets set at $35 and $20 for students.
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March 25, 2010 | By Greg Burk
The Jazz Bakery is a nonprofit organization. To followers of the scene, that statement is a redundancy, of course. In Los Angeles, saying a jazz club doesn't make money is like saying a restaurant doesn't serve scrap iron. In 18 years as president and artistic director of the Jazz Bakery, Ruth Price has always known that fresh music doesn't translate into hefty profits. Lately, though, Price has found it harder to offer quality at a discount. Last May, the Jazz Bakery lost its space in Culver City's old Helms Bakery complex when its philanthropic landlord, Wally Marx Jr., died.
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March 21, 2009 | Yvonne Villarreal
Wistful notes continue to flow at the Jazz Bakery. But their spontaneous and tuneful cadence will soon be idle as the club, one of L.A.'s most venerable jazz institutions, prepares to close its Culver City location May 31. "The one sure thing is that we're definitely reopening in the fall," Ruth Price, proprietor of the nonprofit club and a former jazz vocalist, told The Times Friday -- although where that will be no one knows.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Though still-itinerant while waiting for a planned new home in Culver City, the Jazz Bakery was awarded an NEA Art Works Grant of $15,000, which will be put toward staging three shows with ensembles led by Ron Carter, Kenny Barron and Toshiko Akioshi. Scheduled for 2014, the concerts will also include a master class and a pre-concert lecture from the three NEA Jazz Masters.  The shows will be presented as part of the bakery's ongoing Movable Feast concert series, and dates and times for the concerts have yet to be finalized.
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September 27, 1996
"Sing! Sing! Sing!," the audience-participatory adult sing-along at the Jazz Bakery, will depart from its usual American standards program to present "Into the Words," the music of Stephen Sondheim, on Sunday at 4 p.m. Admission is $12. Information: (310) 546-5470.
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January 10, 2013
Born in Lebanon and based in Paris, acclaimed trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf uses a quarter-tone trumpet to meld the sound of jazz with the sonic building blocks of Arabic music. Though such a meeting could sound jarring to the uninitiated, Maalouf makes it sound intoxicatingly natural on his moody new album "Wind," a recording inspired by Miles Davis' soundtrack work for Louis Malle's "Elevator to the Gallows. " The Jazz Bakery at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 Pico Blvd., L.A. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $35 http://www.jazzbakery.com.
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June 14, 1996
The Los Angeles Jazz Society and the Jazz Bakery are co-sponsoring a tribute to Shelly Manne Sunday at 8 p.m. at the club, 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City. Such compatriots of the late drummer as Chuck Berghofer, Conte Candoli, Gary Foster, Joe La Barbera, Mike Wofford and Jazz Bakery owner Ruth Price will be among those performing Manne's original arrangements, provided by his widow, Flip.
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March 1, 2013 | By Chris Barton
When it comes to finding narrative inspiration, saxophonist Chris Potter could hardly have tapped a source that runs closer to the human DNA than Homer's "The Odyssey. " Maybe best known for his work backing bassist-bandleader Dave Holland and even Steely Dan on the band's 2000 album "Two Against Nature," Potter has reached a new high with "The Sirens," which was released on ECM earlier this year. A sprawling, evocative record, the album was the centerpiece of Potter's Thursday night concert at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood as part of the Jazz Bakery's Moveable Feast series.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2013
Fresh off an eclectic monthlong residency at the Blue Whale, Grammy-nominated keyboardist John Beasley leads this funk and soul-jazz-oriented trio joined by bassist Daryl Jones and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. The trio, titled 3 Brave Souls, will be joined by a pair of vocalists in Nayanna Holley and Dwight Trible, who reliably can take any song directly into interstellar space. The Jazz Bakery at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Fri., 8 p.m. $25. http://www.jazzbakery.com .
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January 18, 2013
The brother of music legend Nat "King" Cole, Freddy Cole upholds a rich family vocal tradition with an equal facility with elegantly swung jazz as well as blues and classic pop. The Jazz Bakery at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. 8 p.m. Sat. $30, http://www.jazzbakery.org.
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January 10, 2013
Born in Lebanon and based in Paris, acclaimed trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf uses a quarter-tone trumpet to meld the sound of jazz with the sonic building blocks of Arabic music. Though such a meeting could sound jarring to the uninitiated, Maalouf makes it sound intoxicatingly natural on his moody new album "Wind," a recording inspired by Miles Davis' soundtrack work for Louis Malle's "Elevator to the Gallows. " The Jazz Bakery at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 Pico Blvd., L.A. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $35 http://www.jazzbakery.com.
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January 5, 2013 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - "This is one of my favorite rooms," said SFJAZZ founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline, smiling as he stepped over exposed pipes and dusty planks in the SFJAZZ Center. "Then again, they're all my favorite rooms," he added. You'll forgive Kline for sounding a bit excited. This month, construction on the $63-million SFJAZZ Center will finish with a grand opening scheduled for Jan.21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Two days later, a roster of opening-night performers that includes McCoy Tyner, Joshua Redman, Chick Corea and Esperanza Spalding (with Bill Cosby as master of ceremonies)
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November 8, 2012
A true (if someone misleadingly named) jazz family affair, the Clayton Brothers feature Grammy nominated pianist Gerald Clayton in an ensemble that features his father John on bass and his uncle Jeff on alto saxophone. The youngest Clayton has already established himself as an artist to watch with his 2011 album "Bond," and the agreeable swing of this ensemble's recent album "The Gathering" shows a family in utter harmony. The Jazz Bakery's Movable Feast at Musician's Institute, 1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood.
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October 24, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mondays have traditionally been big-band nights at many jazz clubs. The reasons are obvious: It's usually an off night in terms of employment for most players; club owners like the idea of having a high-visibility attraction for a traditionally low-attendance evening; and musicians are willing to show up for the pleasure of playing in a large ensemble (not for the big bucks, because, sadly, the payment is minimal).
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January 14, 2011 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
In a major step toward the return of the Jazz Bakery, the itinerant jazz venue has found a new home in downtown Culver City and is moving forward with ambitious plans for the space. This week the Bakery, which has been homeless since 2009, has seen the convergence of two key elements that began coming together last summer. The first was a $2-million seed grant from the Annenberg Foundation, and the other was an agreement with the Culver City Redevelopment Agency, which approved the club for exclusive negotiation rights to develop a vacant property at 9814 Washington Blvd.
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October 2, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Heading into its fifth year this week, the Angel City Jazz Festival has become appointment viewing for jazz fans in Los Angeles and beyond. This year operating under the heading “Artists & Legends,” the collaborative effort of Angel City Arts, the UCLA Center for the Art of Performance and the still-itinerant Jazz Bakery spreads across four venues and six adventurous evenings.  It may not offer a complete portrait of modern jazz in 2012, but...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2012
MUSIC As longtime head of Culver City's adventurous Cryptogramophone label as well as executive director of the still-itinerant Jazz Bakery as it searches for a home, violinist Jeff Gauthier somehow finds time to be an inventive composer as well. Last year's album "Open Source" was one of the year's most captivating recordings with contributions from his longtime collaborators Nels and Alex Cline, and here he brings that music to life with his current "Goatette" that includes Alex Cline on drums and keyboardist David Witham.
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