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August 31, 2003 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
One day not too long ago, bassist John Leitham disappeared. Vanished from the newspaper listings. The program lineups. The list of personnel. The void he left filled with rumors. Trombonist Bill Watrous caught wind of one while picking up a few things at his neighborhood Ralphs. A photographer he knew fairly well from the local jazz circuit stopped him. " 'So did you hear about John Leitham?' " went the pitch. " 'Well, he's not exactly John....
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August 31, 2003 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
One day not too long ago, bassist John Leitham disappeared. Vanished from the newspaper listings. The program lineups. The list of personnel. The void he left filled with rumors. Trombonist Bill Watrous caught wind of one while picking up a few things at his neighborhood Ralphs. A photographer he knew fairly well from the local jazz circuit stopped him. " 'So did you hear about John Leitham?' " went the pitch. " 'Well, he's not exactly John....
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2003
My wife wanted something to do on a Sunday afternoon, so she got us tickets to see Debbie Reynolds at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. The opening act for Ms. Reynolds included a woman bass player. I am so glad that your story on Jennifer Leitham ("Going Solo in a Man's World," by Lynell George, Aug. 31) ran the week after I saw her perform. If I knew her story beforehand, I probably would have been hung up by the sex-change operation. But I heard her without any preconceived ideas, and I can enjoy future performances without getting hung up in her story.
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May 9, 2005 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
In an entertainment world overflowing with multi-hyphenates, Jack Sheldon stands on his own. One could easily add, after his name, a string of professional identities that would include trumpeter, singer, comedian, actor, television personality and all-around raconteur. A highly visible presence on the Southland stage since the mid-'50s, he continues to provide a consistently engaging blend of first-rate jazz and no-holds-barred comedic jiving.
NEWS
January 8, 2004
POP MUSIC Honoring the King's birthday The annual Elvis Birthday Bash moves to yet another site this year -- Avalon Hollywood, just around the corner from the old RCA Records studios, where he often recorded when he was in Los Angeles. That should mean plenty of good vibes in the air when host-organizer Art Fein and his cavalcade of roots rockers salute the King, reverently and ir-, tonight on what would have been his 69th birthday. Elvis Birthday Bash, Avalon Hollywood, 1735 N. Vine St.
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November 27, 2003
"I like Catalina and the Jazz Bakery for different reasons: The old Catalina you were closer to audience; it's a nightclub. The Jazz Bakery is a concert atmosphere. They are both unique playing experiences. The Jazz Bakery is a little more formal, in that the audience is focused on the stage, what you're doing. Catalina's is a club, so you have a different kind of vibe.... At the Jazz Bakery, I won't do splashy drum numbers, high-voltage percussion.
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November 27, 2003 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
Wandering into the peach-and-pink interior of Hollywood's Catalina Bar & Grill in the middle of the day is a bit like stumbling in on a rendezvous -- jarring, its participants startled, half-dressed. Instead of the glow of the usual tableside lamps, the club is shot through with long blades of white sunlight; the two-tops and four-tops not yet set with table linen and silver; its bandstand nearly empty, piano pushed to a far wall.
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June 9, 2005 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
It's a typical early-in-the-run night at the Jazz Bakery -- not quite bleak, but possibly tipped there. Nights like this make Ruth Price, the proprietor of the Culver City venue, more than a touch nervous. At the moment, eyes heavenward, she's scanning the seating plan -- a clear plexiglass sheet situated above the ticket booth that patrons scan to handpick their seats.
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