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April 20, 2001 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Percussionist Johnny Blas surprised the crowd at Steamers Cafe in Fullerton last month when he stepped from behind his congas and started playing alto saxophone. The 42-year-old Blas, who started out playing sax, flute and clarinet as a junior high school student in Brooklyn, hadn't played sax in about 20 years. "The crowd went wild," Blas said from his home in Riverside. "They didn't know I could do that."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2001 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Percussionist Johnny Blas surprised the crowd at Steamers Cafe in Fullerton last month when he stepped from behind his congas and started playing alto saxophone. The 42-year-old Blas, who started out playing sax, flute and clarinet as a junior high school student in Brooklyn, hadn't played sax in about 20 years. "The crowd went wild," Blas said from his home in Riverside. "They didn't know I could do that."
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August 16, 1999
The organizers of the recent inaugural MAJI Latin Jazz Festival & Fashion Show in San Juan Capistrano were aiming for an eclectic experience. They hit their target. Besides smooth tunes and contemporary duds, there was good food and lots for the kids to do.
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May 30, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Playboy Jazz Festival at Earthlink's Old Pasadena Summerfest just keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year, Saturday and Sunday's performances drew larger crowds than ever before--as, in fact, did the entire Summerfest, which had more arts and crafts booths, more carnival attractions, more food stands and more sports activities.
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December 24, 1998
Noon: Horse Races Was Santa good to you? If not, maybe the ponies will be. Opening day at Santa Anita includes not only nine thoroughbred races, but also an appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales and live mariachi music. * Opening Day at Santa Anita, 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. Gates open at 9 a.m., first post at noon. $5, $8.50 clubhouse, $15 Turf Club or box seats. Children 17 and under, free when accompanied by an adult. (626) 574-7223.
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April 17, 1997 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As you read this, even if it's at 3 a.m., somewhere in this city a group of musicians is gathering to make music. And there's a good chance that one of those musicians is Dan Weinstein. "It seems like I'm playing with somebody four or five hours a day," said the trombonist-violinist who will appear Saturday at Jax in Glendale, looking in his appointment book.
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December 25, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wynton Marsalis will lecture on the importance of Duke Ellington. Charlie Haden will discuss the relationship of improvisation and spirituality. Milt Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Terrence Blanchard and some 100 other musicians are scheduled to perform. Dave Brubeck, Joe Henderson and Art Farmer will receive honors from the National Endowment for the Arts. And that's just for starters when the International Assn.
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