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September 11, 1998 | ZAN STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero has found that jazz fans can pop up in the strangest places. He came upon one just as he was about to go under anesthesia for foot surgery last month at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. "The anesthesiologist said to me, 'Before we do anything else, I want you to sign this,' " the saxophonist recalled. Then the anesthesiologist pulled out a copy of Snidero's latest CD, "Standards + Plus."
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September 11, 1998 | ZAN STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero has found that jazz fans can pop up in the strangest places. He came upon one just as he was about to go under anesthesia for foot surgery last month at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. "The anesthesiologist said to me, 'Before we do anything else, I want you to sign this,' " the saxophonist recalled. Then the anesthesiologist pulled out a copy of Snidero's latest CD, "Standards + Plus."
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August 7, 1994 | Leonard Feather
****; TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI; "Desert Lady--Fantasy", Columbia Akiyoshi has had her share of triumphs over the past 20 years, but "Desert Lady" is unprecedented. This is a staggering achievement not only for her as composer, arranger and pianist, but also for Lew Tabackin as tenor saxophonist, flutist and composer.
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February 6, 1990 | LEONARD FEATHER
The presentation of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra at Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena was part of the "Sounds of Genius Series." Genius is a term tossed around too often by hucksters, but if ever it was merited, this unique composer-arranger-pianist-bandleader deserves it. Ironically, the band she co-led in Los Angeles from 1973-82 with the tenor saxophonist and flutist Lew Tabackin was never invited to the Ambassador.
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September 22, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra has had a remarkably long and successful run, given the fact that it is not a dance band and primarily serves as the expressive vehicle for the music of its leader. Obviously something has been working right, and with 18 albums released since 1974, it has been working well on a long-term basis. A great deal--but not all--of those positive attributes were apparent in the orchestra's appearance at the Japan America Theatre Monday night.
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September 19, 1999
SEPTEMBER Sept. 19: Third Annual Con Ritmo y Sabor Latin Jazz Festival, California Plaza. Sept. 20: Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Japanese American Theatre. Sept. 22-26: Stefon Harris, Jazz Bakery. Sept. 22-25: Billy Cobham Quartet, Catalina's. Sept. 23: Jim Snidero Quartet, Steamers. Sept. 23: Tribute to John Coltrane, MOCA. Sept. 24-25: Lew Tabackin, Steamers. Sept. 24: David Arnay Quartet, LACMA. Sept. 24-26: Gene Harris, Orange County Performing Arts Center. Sept.
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January 17, 1997 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saxophonist Chuck Manning and bassist Darek Oles were doubly surprised when they learned in August that their Los Angeles Jazz Quartet was among the four finalists from more than 360 entries in the 1996 Cognac Hennessey Jazz Search. That surprise was double-deep because another group they played in, pianist James Carney's Quartet, also had made the final four. In a sense, they'd be competing against themselves.
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February 27, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Pianist Oscar Peterson, making his first Los Angeles appearance in eight years, leads the list of jazz artists appearing this summer at the Hollywood Bowl's Wednesday night Lexus Jazz at the Bowl series. Peterson's last L.A. performance was at the Bowl in 1990. The Canadian pianist is slowly returning to performing again after suffering a stroke in 1993.
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August 27, 1991 | DIRK SUTRO
When jazz drummer Art Blakey died in October, the jazz world lost one of its legends, but Blakey's spirit lives on through the many famous alumni of his bands: Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan and others. One of the last to benefit from Blakey's tutelage was former San Diegan Brian Lynch, a member of Blakey's group until it disbanded after his death.
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