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May 6, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
It took jazz violinist Johnny Frigo awhile but he is finally a hit--at age 71. Why did national recognition come so late? Frigo laughs and says, "Maybe I wasn't ready." There is a more realistic reason: He has enjoyed a long and very successful career in his native Chicago, working in many other areas. "I guess I'm an unusual individual; I have so many interests," says Frigo, who performs tonight through Sunday at the Loa.
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July 6, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Johnny Frigo, 90, a versatile jazz violinist and bassist who toured with Jimmy Dorsey and collaborated on a jazz standard recorded by Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, died early Wednesday at a Chicago hospital after complications from a fall, his son Rick said. Frigo was born on Chicago's South Side and spent much of his career playing stand-up bass. After performing with the U.S.
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July 6, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Johnny Frigo, 90, a versatile jazz violinist and bassist who toured with Jimmy Dorsey and collaborated on a jazz standard recorded by Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, died early Wednesday at a Chicago hospital after complications from a fall, his son Rick said. Frigo was born on Chicago's South Side and spent much of his career playing stand-up bass. After performing with the U.S.
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November 10, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The jazz violin seems to be on a rampage lately. Last month, the talented Regina Carter made an impressive debut at the Jazz Bakery. Last weekend, the Turtle Island Quartet demonstrated the viability of jazz on the violin, viola and cello as well as within the traditionally classically oriented string quartet instrumentation.
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November 10, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The jazz violin seems to be on a rampage lately. Last month, the talented Regina Carter made an impressive debut at the Jazz Bakery. Last weekend, the Turtle Island Quartet demonstrated the viability of jazz on the violin, viola and cello as well as within the traditionally classically oriented string quartet instrumentation.
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November 7, 1999
Museums The art of African music and its impact on other musical forms is explored in "Music in the Life of Africa" opening today at UCLA's Fowler Museum.
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May 24, 1998
MOVIES Sandra Bullock stars in "Hope Floats" as a mother (to Mae Whitman, at right), deserted by her husband, who heads home to live with her mother (Gena Rowlands) in a small Texas town. Further complications develop involving a childhood friend (Harry Connick Jr.). The film opens in general release Friday. MOVIES With "The Last Days of Disco," filmmaker Whit Stillman completes a trilogy of romantic comedies preceded by "Metropolitan" and "Barcelona."
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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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September 22, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sprawling events like the Monterey Jazz Festival often achieve their special qualities via unexpected, star-quality turns by lesser-known artists. And this year's 41st installment of the festival--which is considered by many to be America's premier jazz event--had plenty of sterling performances by performers with little, if any, national visibility.
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May 25, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The free "Playboy Jazz in Central Park" programs at the Old Pasadena Summer Fest usually have as much to do with pleasant outdoor partying as they do with the music. And this year was no exception. With an expanded array of food vendors, children's entertainment, clothing, jewelry and art booths, Saturday's afternoon program was packed with people, all ready to participate in the amiable, musical welcome to summer that the day had to offer. Trumpeter Rick Braun was the headliner.
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May 6, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
It took jazz violinist Johnny Frigo awhile but he is finally a hit--at age 71. Why did national recognition come so late? Frigo laughs and says, "Maybe I wasn't ready." There is a more realistic reason: He has enjoyed a long and very successful career in his native Chicago, working in many other areas. "I guess I'm an unusual individual; I have so many interests," says Frigo, who performs tonight through Sunday at the Loa.
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May 25, 2000
Monday-May 31: Playboy Jazz at the Old Pasadena Summer Fest, Pasadena's Central Park. * Johnny Frigo, Jazz Bakery. Tuesday: Red Holloway, Hollywood Park Casino. Tuesday-June 4: Brian Blade's Fellowship, Catalina's. June 1-3: Bob Dorough, the Jazz Spot. June 1-4: Joey Calderazzo, Jazz Bakery. June 2: Jon Mayer Trio, L.A. County Museum of Art. * Rickey Woodard and Jeff Clayton Quintet, Santa Monica College. * Kellye Gray and the Shelly Berg Trio, Steamers Cafe.
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September 11, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the high points of next weekend's Monterey Jazz Festival, America's oldest and most highly regarded jazz event, has always been the presentation of new jazz compositions. In the early years, legendary artists such as Duke Ellington, Jon Hendricks, John Lewis, J.J. Johnson and Dave Brubeck debuted impressive, newly composed works.
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