February 3, 1995 |
It's not unusual for the audience not to know what a jazz band might do next, but with Jim and Martha Hession's American Jazz Quin tet, the same goes for the musicians. "We set the tone for each individual piece right there on the spot," says Jim Hession, the group's pianist. "We don't have set arrangements. We like to see how a number will develop."
August 27, 1998 |
Tim Emmons started his musical life as a guitarist, but he didn't click with the instrument. "Look at these mitts," he said, holding up his small hands with thick digits. "My fingers are too fat for the guitar." Bass, to which Emmons switched at age 16, was better. First he played electric, then, at 18, when the West Hollywood native began studying music at UC Santa Barbara, upright bass. The latter felt grand.
January 8, 1993 |
That's Mouse Johnson in the corner booth, happily crowded behind his drum kit on the same makeshift stage he's on every Monday night about this time. And it's as intimate as a living room here at Skoby's in Chatsworth, with the small crowd around the bar drinking, smoking and clapping just inches away from Johnson's quintet and its passionate rumble of jazz, blues and pop.