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January 24, 1992 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Persistence paid off for Huntington Beach saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa, who set a goal early on to join one of his favorite groups, a category that included Spyro Gyra and fluegelhornist Chuck Mangione's band. "I kept thinking to myself, 'I'm playing in all these R & B bands around town and that's fine for paying the phone bill, but it's not really a career move,' " Kashiwa, 28, explained last week during a phone interview. "I didn't want to be stuck playing in these anonymous clubs."
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January 24, 1992 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Persistence paid off for Huntington Beach saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa, who set a goal early on to join one of his favorite groups, a category that included Spyro Gyra and fluegelhornist Chuck Mangione's band. "I kept thinking to myself, 'I'm playing in all these R & B bands around town and that's fine for paying the phone bill, but it's not really a career move,' " Kashiwa, 28, explained last week during a phone interview. "I didn't want to be stuck playing in these anonymous clubs."
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May 4, 2000 | Judy Silber, (714) 966-5988
The Orange County Art and Jazz Festival will take place in Anaheim Friday through Sunday. The festival will begin with a free jazz concert featuring Karen Gallinger at 5 p.m. at the intersection of Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street. Jazz bands will play from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pearson Park, 400 Harbor Blvd. Saturday's performances will include the Fullerton College Big Band and Jeff Kashiwa.
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May 11, 1995
Also on tap this weekend is radio station KSBR's annual Jazz Bash, an improvised, jam-session gathering of Southern California musicians at the Dana Point Resort. Among those scheduled to appear are saxophonists Boney James, Jeff Kashiwa and Brandon Fields, bassists Max Bennett and Luther Hughes, vocalist Kevyn Lettau and keyboardist Freddie Ravel. As usual, trumpeter Tony Guerrero will emcee. The event runs from 1:30 to 5 p.m., with admission $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
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April 26, 2001
What's happening the next few weeks: * The Festival in the Canyons, a festival of smooth jazz including Rick Braun, Boney James, right, Peter White and Scott Wilkie, is May 19 and 20 at Indian Canyons, at the end of South Palm Canyon. Gates open at 6 p.m., concerts at 7 p.m. both nights. (760) 323-6325. * "An Evening of Guitars & Saxes," a concert of smooth jazz by saxophonists Warren Hill and Jeff Kashiwa and guitarists Craig Chaquico and Jeff Golub, takes place May 13 at 7 p.m.
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November 5, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, Zan Stewart is a free-lancer who writes about jazz for The Times Orange County Edition.
Usually a jazz fusion band worries about getting its polished, recording-studio sound across in a concert setting. For guitarist Russ Freeman, who leads the Rippingtons, the concern has been the opposite: transferring the quality of his live shows onto an album. Freeman thinks "Weekend in Monaco," the Rippingtons' latest GRP release, really comes close. "The show has a lot of energy, and the new record reflects that more than ever."
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June 10, 1996 | BILL KOHLHAASE
Russ Freeman's Rippingtons create the perfect soundtrack for the well-adjusted lifestyle. The six-piece band's performance Saturday at the Greek Theatre contained few emotional highs or lows. Instead, the group maintained a pleasant, happy-face attitude that varied little from song to song. Mixing tunes from their latest album, "Brave New World," with older Rippingtons material, guitarist-composer Freeman and company did nothing that was brave or new.
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August 25, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The competition for fans of smooth jazz/contemporary jazz was intense Sunday night with Spyro Gyra and the Rippingtons at the Greek Theatre and Lee Ritenour, Grover Washington Jr. and Joe Sample at the Hollywood Bowl. The net result at the Greek was a considerably less than capacity crowd. Despite its relatively modest numbers, the crowd was enthusiastic, clearly familiar with the repertoire of both bands (as well as the music of the "surprise guest," trumpeter Rick Braun).
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May 11, 1991 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Dana Point Resort will be bristling with guitars, basses and saxophones this afternoonas KSBR-FM, the contemporary jazz radio station that broadcasts from Saddleback College, throws a party to commemorate its 12th year.
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December 19, 1994 | BILL KOHLHAASE
Keyboardist David Benoit opened his show Friday at the Strand in brilliant fashion with the seasonal anthem of anticipation, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." But the promise of that first number faded in the absence of further delights. Borrowing the trio arrangement heard on the late Bill Evans "Trio '64" recording, Benoit turned the holiday ditty into a vehicle of expression, playing at the pace of a pixie's dance while coloring the mood with ironic, bluesy touches.
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April 29, 1991 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Stix Hooper is one musician who lives up to his nickname. In Saturday's first set with bassist Luther Hughes' trio at El Matador, Hooper (whose given first name is Nesbert) displayed energy, power and inventiveness that gave weight to Hughes' claim from the bandstand that he is among the world's finest drummers.
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