November 10, 1999 |
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.
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.
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."
May 30, 2000 |
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.
September 22, 1998 |
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.
May 25, 1998 |
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.