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December 10, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Guitarist Jim Hall, an understated yet profoundly influential presence on jazz guitar, died in his sleep Tuesday morning at his New York City home. He was 83. Hall, whose career began in the '50s as part of the West Coast jazz scene with Jimmy Giuffre and Chico Hamilton, recorded with wealth of jazz royalty over his career, including Ben Webster, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins, who worked with Hall on his landmark 1962 album "The Bridge" as well as his celebrated 2011 live release, "Road Shows Vol 2. " The guitarist led his own trio since the '60s, and continued to maintain a busy recording and touring schedule.
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January 29, 2014 | By Chris Barton
A selection of shows coming up this week in and around L.A.: Brian Charette Trio : Maybe it's the burden of the equipment, but Hammond B-3 players can seem in short supply lately. Fortunately there's New York City keyboardist Charette, whose 2013 solo album,  "Borderline," features just the right proportions of refinement and rambunctiousness. Charette will only continue venturing into wilder waters here, backed by drummer Andy Sanesi and L.A.-raised guitarist Rez Abbasi, whose own work explores the intersection between jazz and Indian classical music.
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June 12, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was hard to understand why the Jazz Bakery wasn't overflowing with guitarists Thursday night for the opening performance by Jim Hall and Scott Colley. How often, after all, does one get to hear one of the finest jazz guitarists in the world, working in a chamber music setting with the sole accompaniment of a talented young bassist? Not very often at all, in fact, and it was a revelation to hear Hall at the top of his game, performing in such relatively spontaneous fashion.
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December 10, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Guitarist Jim Hall, an understated yet profoundly influential presence on jazz guitar, died in his sleep Tuesday morning at his New York City home. He was 83. Hall, whose career began in the '50s as part of the West Coast jazz scene with Jimmy Giuffre and Chico Hamilton, recorded with wealth of jazz royalty over his career, including Ben Webster, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins, who worked with Hall on his landmark 1962 album "The Bridge" as well as his celebrated 2011 live release, "Road Shows Vol 2. " The guitarist led his own trio since the '60s, and continued to maintain a busy recording and touring schedule.
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July 31, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A few years ago, guitarist Juan Carlos Quintero would be popping up at jazz clubs all over the Los Angeles area, earning himself a nice following but hardly a hefty bank balance. "I saturated the town, met a lot of people, and that was great," he said on the phone this week from his home in Redondo Beach. "But I also found that a lot of club owners plain didn't want to pay the band, and I couldn't accept that."
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May 24, 1994 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe Pass, legendary jazz guitarist considered gifted as a soloist and as accompanist to such stellar singers as Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, died Monday. He was 65. Pass, who had suffered from liver cancer for the past two years, died at USC-Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. "I think it's a gift from God that I play the guitar. I don't know how I got started," Pass told The Times in 1992.
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January 12, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Pisano's Monday night guitar sessions at Rocco in Bel-Air are rapidly becoming an effective antidote for the start-of-the-week blues. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, and each Monday brings a slightly different perspective on the art of jazz guitar playing. With the guitar clearly the prominent instrument of the last few decades, Pisano--who occasionally adds his own guitar to the mix--is not likely to have any problem maintaining an attractive schedule of players.
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February 18, 1992 | DIRK SUTRO
Since Bob Boss was hired to teach jazz guitar at UC San Diego 18 months ago, he has stoked an explosion of student interest. The Oceanside guitarist recalls that at a concert by jazz students shortly after his arrival, only one student guitarist was good enough to perform. The quintet was rounded out by Boss and other professionals. Contrast that apathetic showing with this Thursday's 8 p.m. program at Mandeville Auditorium: Boss has seven guitar students ready to perform.
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March 9, 1989 | DIRK SUTRO
A significant slice of jazz guitar history will be in San Diego during the coming week at shows by a seasoned master and a young buck. Stanley Jordan, who plays the Bacchanal on Saturday, stunned listeners with the sheer wonder of his technical skills when he came on the scene in 1984.
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December 18, 1992 | DIRK SUTRO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Joe Pass is a fun guy to talk to because the legendary jazz guitarist doesn't take himself too seriously. So once the obligatory questions about his latest guitar (a Gibson), new album (Christmas songs), recent touring experiences (in Europe), and theories on practicing (he doesn't) have run their course, conversation turns to what he does in his spare time.
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January 19, 2013
UNDERRATED 'Your Sister's Sister' (2012) : Now on DVD, this lightly twisted romantic comedy has a syntaxically challenging title, but it's a sure bet as new offerings grow slim at theaters. Starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and the seemingly everywhere Mark Duplass, this film uses a lush Pacific Northwest setting for a rich, intimate look at how relationships can grow more powerful the more unconventional they become. Kurt Rosenwinkel's 'Star of Jupiter' : One of top talents in contemporary jazz guitar, Rosenwinkel sounds as virtuosic as ever on this 2012 double album.
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December 6, 2012
Iconoclastic musician Meshell Ndegeocello takes on one of her heroes on her latest album, the lush collection "Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone. " Although the record features guest turns from the likes of Cody Chesnutt and Sinéad O'Connor, there's no doubt that Ndegeocello will captivate with simmering and inspired reworkings of songs such as "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" and "Feeling Good. " Jazz guitar explorer James "Blood" Ulmer opens in an ensemble with fellow flamethrower Vernon Reid of Living Colour.
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April 18, 2012
This weekend, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books takes place at USC and includes arts-related performances, talks and readings . See events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/program-schedule/ for the complete schedule. Family Julie Andrews, "The Very Fairy Princess Here Comes the Flower Girl," 12:55 p.m. Sunday (Target Children's Stage) Memoir Florence Henderson, "Life Is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond," with Fritz Coleman, 12:10 p.m. Sunday (Los Angeles Times Stage)
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April 18, 2010
Pop & Jazz Previews by Ann Powers (A.P.) and August Brown (A.B.) Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival This year's festival might have a mogul -- rap patriarch Jay-Z -- on the marquee, but the lineup is still a model for recessionary times. Nothing on the roster announced for Sunday feels like a coup or a matter of huge debate.
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August 17, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The magic arrived unannounced, unexpected and late Wednesday evening at the Hollywood Bowl. It came in the figure of pianist Herbie Hancock, casually strolling on stage for the closing number in a program devoted to jazz guitar, transforming it into a highlight of the summer jazz season. That's not to say that the concert -- which featured guitarists Lionel Loueke, John Scofield and Lee Ritenour -- was lacking in spirit, swing or imagination.
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August 10, 2005 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
In the world of guitars and guitarists, Ted Greene was a Yoda-like figure. A teacher, arranger and theoretician, Greene was "a living encyclopedia of the guitar," according to one student, with a wealth of knowledge that he passed along to students for a pittance. A shy, self-effacing man who loved guitar but loathed the limelight, Greene possessed astonishing range and style in his playing. He performed infrequently at clubs, generally venues in the San Fernando Valley.
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April 20, 1989 | DIRK SUTRO
Always the humble artist, guitarist Joe Pass prefers to let his fingers, not his mouth, do most of the talking. Pass may be the greatest living jazz guitarist. He's certainly the king of solo jazz guitar; few can match his technique and musical sensibilities, the way he puts bass lines, chords and melodies together on one instrument. Just back from a mini-tour of New York, Boston, Chicago and Minneapolis with Danish bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson, Pass opened at Elario's Wednesday night.
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December 17, 1991 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ron Eschete, the splendid jazz guitarist who has recorded and performed with bassist Ray Brown, vibist Milt Jackson and pianist Gene Harris, figures it has been three years since he worked a job he didn't like. That kind of good fortune, he said, has followed him all his life. "I kind of feel like I've got an angel on my shoulder," said the Houma, La., native, who currently lives in Norwalk, in a recent interview.
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August 13, 2001 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though many people come for the fiery dancing, the true aficionado knows that flamenco is a marriage of cante (song), baile (dance) and toque (guitar playing). "It's always a conversation," says Jason McGuire, music director of the New World Flamenco Festival, which runs through Sunday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. "To see the interplay between the guitarist, the dancer and the singer--that's for me where the magic happens. That's why I play in a company.
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December 24, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman writes frequently about jazz for the Times
It's Christmas Eve, and what better time to give some attention to jazz artists who might easily be overlooked in the seemingly nonstop blizzard of new releases--an appropriate look at still-emerging talent in the season of renewal. And one of the things that becomes almost immediately apparent upon hearing this collection of CDs by largely unfamiliar performers is the consistently high quality of their work.
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