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November 1, 2000 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You could easily get the wrong idea about Lavay Smith. After all, the cover of her band's latest CD, "Everybody's Talkin' 'Bout Miss Thing!," features her sexily adorned in black thigh-high stockings and a revealing, leopard-print blouse sitting atop a tiki bar with tropical drink in hand. But Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are not just another swing revival band with oodles of kitsch value.
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November 6, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jazz is where you find it. Both the swing revival movement and the new jam bands are providing an impressive amount of jazz-related music to audiences that might not otherwise be drawn to it. And the key factors in their appeal are accessibility and danceability. The performance by Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers at the Knitting Factory Hollywood on Friday night was a good example.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 1998
Film In conjunction with next week's re-release of the director's cut of "The Last Emperor," check out the Bernardo Bertolucci retrospective. Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 478-6379. Tonight: "Before the Revolution" (1964), 5:15 and 9:30, and "The Spider's Stratagem" (1970), 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, "Last Tango in Paris"; Sunday, "1900."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2000 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You could easily get the wrong idea about Lavay Smith. After all, the cover of her band's latest CD, "Everybody's Talkin' 'Bout Miss Thing!," features her sexily adorned in black thigh-high stockings and a revealing, leopard-print blouse sitting atop a tiki bar with tropical drink in hand. But Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are not just another swing revival band with oodles of kitsch value.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jazz is where you find it. Both the swing revival movement and the new jam bands are providing an impressive amount of jazz-related music to audiences that might not otherwise be drawn to it. And the key factors in their appeal are accessibility and danceability. The performance by Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers at the Knitting Factory Hollywood on Friday night was a good example.
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July 27, 2000
COSTA MESA 8pm Dance In celebration of the 10th anniversary of its annual Pacifica Choreographic Project, Ballet Pacifica has invited back four workshop alums to create more works for the Irvine-based troupe. The new pieces by Colin Connor, Rick McCullough, Stephen Mills and Paul Vasterling will be presented informally as works-in-progress. The choreographers will be onstage to answer questions after the performances. * Ballet Pacifica, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.
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March 1, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The lineup for the 24th annual Playboy Jazz Festival, which takes place June 15-16 at the Hollywood Bowl, isn't going to surprise anyone. The upside to the schedule is that it is more firmly within the jazz arena than has been the case in recent programs. The downside is that most of the acts have made Southland appearances in one venue or another within the past year. But there's no denying the high quality of the talent on the bill.
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June 13, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Associating "women" with the word "Playboy" isn't exactly shocking, but the 24th installment of the Playboy Jazz Festival could easily be subtitled "The Year of the Women." Female jazz singers have always been present at the festival; still, this year's event, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl, has some special qualities for fans of the distaff side of jazz vocalizing. The distinctive musical wares of free-flying scat and ballad singer Nnenna Freelon; eclectic artist Patti Austin (doing an Ella Fitzgerald tribute with the Count Basie Orchestra)
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April 25, 2007 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Herman Riley, the jazz saxophonist whose hard-driving, soulful playing as a sideman and accompanist with such artists as Count Basie and Jimmy Smith earned him critical acclaim, died of heart failure April 14 at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City. He was 73. Riley was a favorite of vocalists because of his ability to play well without overpowering singers. "There are some musicians ... who certainly shine as soloists out front," said musician and longtime friend George Bohanon.
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November 4, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sunday's virtually nonstop program at the San Francisco Jazz Festival was a classic example of the production's insistence upon integrating the event into the diverse energies of this colorful city. The day started with a stunning blend of music and place. The music was the brisk, Django Reinhardt-inspired violin-and-guitar jazz of the Hot Club of San Francisco, and the hard-swinging, Count Basie-style rhythms of singer Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 1998
Film In conjunction with next week's re-release of the director's cut of "The Last Emperor," check out the Bernardo Bertolucci retrospective. Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 478-6379. Tonight: "Before the Revolution" (1964), 5:15 and 9:30, and "The Spider's Stratagem" (1970), 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, "Last Tango in Paris"; Sunday, "1900."
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