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April 3, 1986 | ZAN STEWART
"Where's the melody?" was one question listeners didn't have to ask when the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band--an octet of 60- and 70-year-olds who have collectively worked with most of the notables of the Swing Era--wailed Tuesday at Smothers Theatre on Pepperdine's Malibu campus, opening a four-night local tour.
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March 6, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
In the aftermath of Tuesday's celebrations of Mardi Gras, “CBS Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood” on Sunday profiles the city's bastion of traditional music, Preservation Hall , and the venerable venue's namesake jazz band. The segment includes an interview with bassist/tuba player Benjamin Jaffe, son of Preservation Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the couple that turned what had been an art gallery into a home for musicians who still championed the style of jazz that developed in the early 20th century, most famously by native son Louis Armstrong.
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March 13, 1996 | KELLY DAVID
The popular jazz band Kilauea will be performing at the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks on Saturday to help raise funds for the county's only public radio station. After releasing four albums that each reached the Top 5 on Billboard's contemporary jazz charts, the group last year released "Diamond Collection," a compilation of the band's most popular instrumental tunes. The band will play for two hours with an open coffee bar during a half-hour intermission.
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January 9, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
How do you give a lifetime achievement award to a director still very much in motion, to an artist who refuses to settle down, to someone who actively does not want one? Woody Allen is in the midst of a run of box-office successes and critical acclaim. His current film, "Blue Jasmine," has firmly implanted itself into this year's awards-season conversation. Having turned 78 years old last month, Allen seems as busy as ever. Which is only part of the reason Allen will not be accepting his Cecil B. DeMille Award in person at the Golden Globes this weekend.
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February 15, 1995 | MICHAEL ARKUSH
They got paid peanuts and performed at a pizza parlor. But for the Jazzin' Babies Jazz Band, the Wednesday night gig at the Red Vest Pizza Parlor in Sylmar has been quite a tradition. But the tradition is about to end. After almost 18 years, the band will play together tonight for the last time. "It's a sad occasion," said group founder Dave Dolson, 54, "but time moves on." Dolson and the six other members made the decision a few weeks ago to pursue separate projects.
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September 7, 1994 | JEFF BEAN
Saddleback College has a new director for its jazz band. Bob Avzaradel takes over the position vacated by Paul Kurokawa, who left Saddleback to become chairman of the jazz department at Grossmont College in San Diego County. Avzaradel was director of instrumental music at San Clemente High School for eight years. In 1987, he was honored at the Fullerton College Jazz Festival as most outstanding new jazz educator. Most recently, Avzaradel was director of bands at Irvine High School.
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November 4, 1992 | MAIA DAVIS
The oldest jazz band in Japan will offer its first Ventura County performance at a free concert to benefit the homeless on Thursday. The 17-piece ensemble, called Nobou Hara and the Sharps and Flats Jazz Band, which performs big-band music and other types of jazz, will play from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Needham Theater at the Port Hueneme Naval Construction Battalion Center. Free tickets for the performance are available at the Oxnard Civic Auditorium box office, 800 Hobson Way.
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September 5, 1993 | ZAN STEWART, Zan Stewart writes about jazz for Calendar.
Bill Holman, the acclaimed composer and arranger, sits in the light-filled living room of his Hollywood Hills home, talking about a recent piece of music, "Sweet Spot." "I started off wanting to write a slow melody for trumpet, doing it like Miles, with the trumpet playing just a few notes," he said of the original chart, which features soloist Carl Saunders.
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July 22, 1989
More than 20 jazz bands from the United States, Canada and Europe will perform at 10 different indoor and outdoor sites during the three-day South Coast Metro Jazz Centennial Festival July 28-30. The event, which is a sanctioned event of the yearlong celebration honoring the county's 100th birthday, will take place around South Coast Plaza at such sites as the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel, the Holiday Inn Bristol Plaza Hotel, the Red Lion Inn and the Beverly Heritage Hotel.
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January 22, 1989 | MARY LOU FULTON, Times Staff Writer
Stan Seckler paces in front of the saxophone section, a musical score in one hand and a pen in the other. The Pico Rivera Stage-Jazz Band is pounding out an arrangement of "In the Mood" and the driving sound slams against the rehearsal hall's walls. Seckler directs the band with body language. Bobbing his head to the beat, he suddenly drops to the floor in a crouch in an attempt to get the saxophones to play softer.
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June 27, 2013 | By David Ng
In 1993, a very young Zach Braff had a brief part as Woody Allen's college-age son in "Manhattan Murder Mystery. " Now the former "Scrubs" actor will be reuniting with Allen in the new stage-musical version of " Bullets over Broadway " that is expected to officially open on Broadway on April 10. Braff will play the lead role originated by John Cusack in Allen's 1994 movie about an idealistic New York playwright who sells out to the mob in...
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February 10, 2013 | By Gerrick Kennedy
When pianist Robert Glasper scored two nominations for his critically lauded “Black Radio,” it was in R&B, not jazz -- a surprise given his pedigree. Backstage at the 55 th Grammy Awards on Sunday, the Houston-born pianist was quizzed about what he felt bridged the gap between the genres. “We're all jazz musicians together and at the same time we all embody all of black music. We embody R&B, hip-hop, jazz, rock, funk, gospel music and we all come up in that,” Glasper said.
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October 19, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Fans of jazz and improvised music are mourning with the unexpected loss of saxophonist David S. Ware, who died Thursday night as a result of complications from a 2009 kidney transplant. He was 62 years old. A free-blowing, modern-day titan of the saxophone, Ware was not the kind of player who could've been heard at a mainstream event like the Playboy Jazz Festival. In fact it's difficult to find just about any record of the New York-based artist playing L.A. apart from a couple of '70s dates as part of Cecil Taylor's band -- and perhaps Ware's health contributed to Taylor's recent decision to cancel an upcoming L.A. performance . But Ware was a favorite among music fans of all kinds looking for an heir to the explorations of late-period John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Albert Ayler.
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September 24, 2012 | McClatchy Newspapers
Jose Curbelo, a Latin jazz bandleader, agent and promoter who helped popularize the cha-cha in the United States and made Tito Puente a star, has died. He was 95. A resident of North Miami Beach, Curbelo died Friday of heart failure at a hospital in Aventura, Fla. Curbelo was born Feb. 18, 1917, in Havana to a Cuban mother and a Cuban American father who played violin with the Havana Philharmonic Orchestra. He began formal musical training at age 8 and by 16 was playing with the orchestras of Los Hermanos Lebartard and flutist-composer Gilberto Valdes, and he co-founded Orquesta Havana Riverside.
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August 17, 2012
Von Freeman was revered as a tenor saxophonist but was never a major star, worshiped by critics but perpetually strapped for cash. He seemed to purposely avoid commercial success. When trumpeter Miles Davis phoned Freeman in the 1950s looking for a replacement for John Coltrane, Freeman made a typical move - he never returned the call. His refusal to leave his native Chicago during most of his career cost him incalculable fame and fortune but also enabled him to create a body of distinctive and innovative work.
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August 10, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
Itching to escape the heat and head north to wine country? On Saturday afternoon Monterey Wine Country celebrates the festival's 20th anniversary in Carmel. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door on the day of the event. And get this, designated drivers pay just $15, presumably because they will not be imbibing  - or at least as much What's happening? Tastings of Monterey wines, food from local restaurants, music from the Red Beans & Rice jazz band - and of course, an auction.
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October 11, 1991 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joel Leach, director of Cal State Northridge's jazz band, had one of those typical Los Angeles experiences at the airport last year. He was waiting for a flight out of Burbank when he recognized Steve Allen in the crowd. A longtime fan of Allen's, Leach introduced himself. "We started talking," he said. "It went well." Then the music professor took this celebrity sighting a step further. "I didn't miss the opportunity to ask him if he might consider performing with the band," Leach recalled.
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May 1, 1997 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Who says that aging musicians--the ones who grew up listening to and playing that timeless big-band music--have to store away their instruments and pack up their dancing shoes? Still showcasing the sound that dominated most of their young adult years, the Los Angeles Police Department's Jazz Band, whose average member is around age 62 and retired, continues to produce spirited jazz that often tempts even the most rigid audience members to shake their hips or make a beeline for the dance floor.
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July 13, 2012 | By Richard S. Ginell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There were two questions on the table Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl's "Genius + Soul = Jazz" tribute to the late, protean, one-of-a-kind Ray Charles. How can you do justice to the bewildering collection of idioms that Charles fused? And how can you do this without Ray? The Bowl found a way. Co-producers Gregg Field and Phil Ramone fielded not one but three distinct musical outfits - a 10-piece jazz band loaded with heavy hitters, a small string orchestra backed with a chorus of young singers, and the entire Count Basie Orchestra - performing separately or mashed together.
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June 13, 2012 | By Chris Barton
After more than 30 years and countless quips and one-liners from the side of the Hollywood Bowl stage, Bill Cosby has announced he is stepping down as emcee of the Playboy Jazz Festival following this weekend's 34th annual concert. “Bill Cosby has been a dear friend since the 1960s and it's been a real pleasure for me, personally, to have him play such an integral part in what makes this festival so special,” Playboy's Hugh Hefner said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
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