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August 31, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, Bill Kohlhaase is a free-lance writer who regularly covers jazz for the Times Orange County Edition.
Vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, who plays a very visible role at the West Coast Jazz Party this holiday weekend, thinks he's discovered a winning similarity among those groups and individuals scheduled to play. "They all play toe-tappin' music," he explains in a phone call from Los Angeles. "Anybody who likes good, swingin' jazz is not going to be disappointed. It's not going to be like some of those festivals where you have one real jazz band followed by some fusion band or something like that.
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December 12, 2012 | Don Heckman
Ravi Shankar was already revered as a master of the sitar in 1966 when he met George Harrison, the Beatle who became his most famous disciple and gave the Indian musician-composer unexpected pop-culture cachet. Suddenly the classically trained Shankar was a darling of the hippie movement, gaining widespread attention through memorable performances at the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock and the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. Harrison called him "the godfather of world music," and the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin once compared the sitarist's genius to Mozart's.
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October 8, 1990 | DON HECKMAN
John McLaughlin has had so many achievements in his long career that it's hard to imagine him finding another peak to climb. Yet his current trio--with Trilock Gurtu on percussion and Kai Eckhard on bass--is producing music easily in a class with some of his finest past accomplishments. Friday night at Peppers Golden Bear in what was, regrettably, the group's only recent local appearance, McLaughlin and his associates played a set that bristled with creative interaction.
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April 25, 2012
International Jazz Day Info: http://www.unesco.org/days/jazzday In Los Angeles: An evening of jazz music at Vibrato, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel-Air; 7 p.m. Monday; $20; (310) 474-9400, http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com
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April 25, 2012
International Jazz Day Info: http://www.unesco.org/days/jazzday In Los Angeles: An evening of jazz music at Vibrato, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel-Air; 7 p.m. Monday; $20; (310) 474-9400, http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com
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March 30, 1995 | ERIN J. AUBRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As her husband, Dolo, lay dying in a cancer-induced coma in 1983, Sybil Coker stayed by his bedside and supplied him with encouraging words, his favorite music and a reservoir of hope even as Dolo slipped deeper into unconsciousness. And then "the bar went flat," said Coker, and plans for a jazz foundation for youths that she had enthusiastically described to her ailing husband--something they had both dreamed about--seemed in danger of dying with him.
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April 19, 1990
Whether your taste leans toward the jazz music of Larry Carlton or the offerings of the Banana Slug String Band, Ventura County's April 21 Earth Day celebration will be packed with entertainment. If you know jazz, you probably know Carlton is a Grammy award-winner. But you may not know the slightest bit about the Banana Slugs.
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January 10, 2005 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Every year around this time, 8,000 or so folks with a special interest in jazz get together for a unique celebration of the music. This year, the International Assn. for Jazz Education convened at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center from Wednesday through Saturday. The offerings covered every imaginable area, including academic papers and performances by world-class artists.
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June 16, 2005
I have great sympathy for Lynell George's jazz in L.A. cover story, "Off the Radar but Still Flying" (June 9). I have walked that walk, talked that talk, rather naively, for the better part of my life. I too have stood behind the counter at the Jazz Bakery with Ruth Price and sweated out an opening-night headliner selling less than a dozen tickets in a house that seats 200. I've been backstage at any number of clubs and venues and watched the owners struggle to meet the bills. Is jazz dead in L.A.?
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February 28, 1989 | DON HECKMAN
Tenor saxophonist Ira Schulman has an idea: revive the small group, West Coast jazz music of the '50s and '60s with the same kind of enthusiasm and affection that musical archivists generally reserve for New Orleans jazz. Sunday afternoon, in working at the newly opened Improv in Santa Monica, he put it into effect.
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June 5, 2011 | Chris Barton
Even if you haven't yet heard of Ambrose Akinmusire, you might think you know what his lauded new album "When the Heart Emerges Glistening" sounds like. Jazz - particularly jazz trumpet - is a loaded business, one in which swaths of territory were established by legends like Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, musicians who advanced the genre in such a way their names practically function as different ways to say the word "jazz. " Except the Oakland-born Akinmusire (pronounced akin-MOO-sir-ee)
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February 13, 2009 | John Payne
Trumpet player-composer Jon Hassell is an artist with endless enthusiasm for the ways music and art can connect -- he's best known for drifting ambient jazz that marries rhythmic and tonal sources from the ancient world with space-age digital technology. But Hassell's relentless pursuit of a new kind of music means he's had to deal with quizzical looks when it comes to that old bugaboo of how to categorize his sound.
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October 17, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
KKJZ-FM (88.1) is still all that jazz -- and then some. The recent appointment of Jose Rizo, host of the weekday program "Jazz on the Latin Side," as music director underscored the new management's desire to bring new vitality and expanding programming horizons to the Southland's only 24/7 mainstream jazz radio station. That's not what many jazz fans expected last October, when it was announced that oversight of the station would be shifted to Global Jazz Inc.
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June 16, 2005
I have great sympathy for Lynell George's jazz in L.A. cover story, "Off the Radar but Still Flying" (June 9). I have walked that walk, talked that talk, rather naively, for the better part of my life. I too have stood behind the counter at the Jazz Bakery with Ruth Price and sweated out an opening-night headliner selling less than a dozen tickets in a house that seats 200. I've been backstage at any number of clubs and venues and watched the owners struggle to meet the bills. Is jazz dead in L.A.?
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January 10, 2005 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Every year around this time, 8,000 or so folks with a special interest in jazz get together for a unique celebration of the music. This year, the International Assn. for Jazz Education convened at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center from Wednesday through Saturday. The offerings covered every imaginable area, including academic papers and performances by world-class artists.
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October 30, 2004 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Repertory jazz -- the live re-creation of classic jazz compositions -- has not yet reached the level of fruition that it has in classical music. Beyond the laudable efforts of Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center in New York and Ken Poston's Los Angeles Jazz Institute, significant jazz works can rarely be heard beyond their original recordings. All of which makes the performance this week of Lalo Schifrin's "Gillespiana Suite" at Catalina Bar & Grill a particularly intriguing event.
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March 26, 1995 | ERIN J. AUBRY
As her husband, Dolo, lay dying in a cancer-induced coma in 1983, Sybil Coker stayed by his bedside and supplied him with encouraging words, his favorite music and a reservoir of hope even as Dolo slipped deeper into unconsciousness. And then "the bar went flat," said Coker, and plans for a jazz foundation for youths that she had enthusiastically described to her ailing husband--something they had both dreamed about--seemed in danger of dying with him.
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February 2, 1997 | Don Heckman, Don Heckman is The Times' jazz writer
New artists are appearing on the jazz scene all the time. And that's all to the good. The music's capacity to simultaneously retain its essential attributes while remaining receptive to new ideas is perhaps its most remarkable quality. Here are a few new, lesser-known performers who are well worth watching. Brad Mehldau has listened carefully to Bill Evans. And the results show in his playing--if at times a bit too obviously.
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August 2, 2003 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Luther Henderson, a prolific orchestrator and arranger well known in the jazz world and on Broadway, has died. He was 84. Henderson died Tuesday of cancer at a hospice in Manhattan, family members said. Valued in the world of musical theater for bringing a jazz sensibility to show music, Henderson was an orchestrator, dance arranger and music supervisor for more than 40 Broadway or off-Broadway shows, many of which went on to be hits.
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November 22, 2002 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Determined to diversify programming at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic introduced jazz and world music series at Thursday's announcement of the inaugural season in the house that Frank Gehry built. The schedule, the first under the stewardship of singer Dianne Reeves, consists of four concerts: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette (Nov. 12, 2003); Reeves with George Duke, the L.A. Philharmonic and special guests (Jan.
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