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April 11, 2013
Whether leading the various incarnations of fusion innovators Return to Forever or continuing to explore duets with Gary Burton, this jazz piano great has hardly slowed down. Fresh off another pair of Grammy wins and helping open the new SFJAZZ Center earlier this year, Chick Corea's restless musical muse finds him exploring the trio form backed by Return to Forever bassist Stanley Clarke and Clarke's longtime drummer, Ronald Bruner Jr. Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. Thu.-Sat.
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February 19, 1995 | Don Heckman, Don Heckman is The Times' jazz writer. and
Who was to know, that night in the early '60s, when Joe Zawinul strolled onstage to dig into some soul sounds with the Cannonball Adderley group, that a sonic revolution was about to take place? Probably no one in the overflow crowd waiting only to groove with the music. But a sonic revolution it was. And it occurred with startling simplicity.
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March 8, 2013 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Trumpeter and roving ambassador for jazz Wynton Marsalis brings his nimble big band to town with a wealth of talent and tradition in tow. Expect sharp suits and even sharper tunes delivered by a band dedicated to bridging the gap between the music's history and its present. Walt Disney Concert Hall, April 20 www.laphil.com Ambrose Akinmusire: As if the weather weren't enough for Angelenos to gloat about, jazz fans got yet another reason when this trumpeter returned to his West Coast roots as an instructor at USC's Thornton School of Music.
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September 21, 1990 | LEONARD FEATHER
If the name of Tommy Flanagan is less celebrated than that of, say, Harry Connick Jr., the reasons have nothing to do with comparative talent.
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December 27, 2007 | Charles J. Gans, Associated Press
Oscar Peterson's dazzling keyboard technique, commanding sense of swing and mastery of different piano styles could leave even his most accomplished peers awe-struck. His death brought forth tributes from jazz pianists spanning the generations. Fellow jazz piano legend Dave Brubeck said he was "saddened by the news of Oscar's passing." Peterson died Sunday of kidney failure at his home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga.
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November 23, 1991 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At age 65, Buddy Greco has seen his career come full circle. The singerkeyboardist, who had minor hits in the '50s and '60s with such tunes as "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Around the World" and "Mr. Lonely," now says, "I've decided to go back to my roots, which is being a jazz piano player." The result is a new self-produced recording, "The Magic of It All," an album that focuses on standards and includes such jazz names as harmonica-player Toots Thielemans, saxophonist Grover Washington Jr.
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April 14, 1995 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The jazz renaissance of the acoustic piano continues. The growing number of recordings showcasing the music of plain, unadorned Steinways, Baldwins and Bosendorfers should bring joy to the heart of anyone who has ever cringed at the sound of be-bop on a Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer. And with just cause. More than any other acoustic instrument, the piano--because of its orchestral range of timbres and sounds--provides a rich musical landscape for creative exploration. From Scott Joplin and James P.
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October 11, 2012
What happens when a jazz piano trio releases a dance record in 2012? Before any seizure-inducing thoughts of a Swizz Beatz-produced take on "Body and Soul" come to life, listen to pianist Vijay Iyer's modern vision of jazz's body-moving roots. A head-bobbing step forward for a trio that topped year-end lists with 2009's "Historicity," "Accelerando" is a rambunctious yet nimble celebration of the groove that turns as much on the fulcrum of drummer Marcus Gilmore and bassist Stephan Crump as it does on Iyer's restlessly inventive piano.
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October 11, 2012
What happens when a jazz piano trio releases a dance record in 2012? Before any seizure-inducing thoughts of a Swizz Beatz-produced take on "Body and Soul" come to life, listen to pianist Vijay Iyer's modern vision of jazz's body-moving roots. A head-bobbing step forward for a trio that topped year-end lists with 2009's "Historicity," "Accelerando" is a rambunctious yet nimble celebration of the groove that turns as much on the fulcrum of drummer Marcus Gilmore and bassist Stephan Crump as it does on Iyer's restlessly inventive piano.
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May 18, 2010 | By Don Heckman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Hank Jones, whose extraordinary combination of versatility, craftsmanship and creativity during his nearly eight-decade career earned him the reputation as a jazz pianist's pianist, has died. He was 91. Jones died Sunday at Calvary Hospital in New York after a brief illness, publicist Jordy Freed said. Praised for the feather-soft precision of his touch, Jones was equally adept at unleashing the piano's full, orchestral gamut of sounds. Rhythmic lift and propulsive swing were inherent to his playing, whether performing as an accompanist or in a solo setting.
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December 27, 2007 | Charles J. Gans, Associated Press
Oscar Peterson's dazzling keyboard technique, commanding sense of swing and mastery of different piano styles could leave even his most accomplished peers awe-struck. His death brought forth tributes from jazz pianists spanning the generations. Fellow jazz piano legend Dave Brubeck said he was "saddened by the news of Oscar's passing." Peterson died Sunday of kidney failure at his home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga.
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June 12, 2007 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
At the age of 11, Nellie Lutcher was playing piano for Ma Rainey, the legendary blues singer. By the time Lutcher arrived in Los Angeles 12 years later, her impressive resume included gigs with the band of trumpeter Bunk Johnson. But at the Dunbar Hotel on Central Avenue, where Lutcher earned $2 a night performing in 1935, people wanted to hear more than her piano; they begged her to sing.
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August 6, 2004 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The jazz piano can blast with the power of a big band. It can whisper single-line melodies with quiet, engaging lyricism. It can pound out percussively, gather clusters of rich harmony and deliver kaleidoscopic flurries of sound. No wonder it has been the instrument of choice for jazz artists as diverse as James P. Johnson, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans.
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March 17, 2004 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The three musicians who call themselves the Bad Plus don't look like revolutionaries. Pianist Ethan Iverson, with his carefully trimmed goatee and rectangular-shaped glasses, could easily pass for a doctoral student in nuclear physics. Shaven-headed drummer Dave King and shaggy haired bassist Reid Anderson present less establishment-oriented demeanors. But they appear, nonetheless, far more likely to have been Howard Dean foot soldiers than radical visionaries.
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April 11, 2013
Whether leading the various incarnations of fusion innovators Return to Forever or continuing to explore duets with Gary Burton, this jazz piano great has hardly slowed down. Fresh off another pair of Grammy wins and helping open the new SFJAZZ Center earlier this year, Chick Corea's restless musical muse finds him exploring the trio form backed by Return to Forever bassist Stanley Clarke and Clarke's longtime drummer, Ronald Bruner Jr. Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. Thu.-Sat.
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September 14, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The main event this season: the appearance of the Keith Jarrett Trio at Disney Hall on Nov. 12. How will the Disney acoustics handle jazz? There's no better test than the sound of the Jarrett players. The subtle layers of textural interplay among Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette will provide the first opportunity to answer one of the fall's most significant musical questions. But there's much more.
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September 14, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The main event this season: the appearance of the Keith Jarrett Trio at Disney Hall on Nov. 12. How will the Disney acoustics handle jazz? There's no better test than the sound of the Jarrett players. The subtle layers of textural interplay among Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette will provide the first opportunity to answer one of the fall's most significant musical questions. But there's much more.
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January 4, 2003 | Bob Oates, Special to The Times
For years, Sid Gillman was a football coach with three passions: pass offense, jazz piano, and his wife, Esther. These might be listed out of order, but in any case, as Esther used to say, pass offense was always first. She met him long ago at North High School in Minneapolis, where Gillman, who died Friday at 91, learned to play football and piano. Since that day, Sid and Esther were practically inseparable.
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