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July 19, 2012
MUSIC Born in Munich and educated at Boston's Berklee College of Music, New York-based guitarist Leni Stern's recent recordings are lush, deeply felt explorations of the sound of Africa colored by Stern's soulful lyrics, lightly sanded voice and dazzling instrumental prowess. The Blue Whale, 123 astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301. 9 p.m. Sat. $10. http://www.bluewhalemusic.com.
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July 19, 2012
MUSIC Born in Munich and educated at Boston's Berklee College of Music, New York-based guitarist Leni Stern's recent recordings are lush, deeply felt explorations of the sound of Africa colored by Stern's soulful lyrics, lightly sanded voice and dazzling instrumental prowess. The Blue Whale, 123 astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301. 9 p.m. Sat. $10. http://www.bluewhalemusic.com.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 1990 | ZAN STEWART
Things ran hot and cool Tuesday at downtown Los Angeles' Grand Avenue Bar as guitarist Leni (pronounced Lean-ee) Stern led an electrified quartet through bracing originals of the modern, contemporary mode. During the third set by the group, a cohesive yet flexible foursome with a distinctive sound and an occasional penchant for loudness, the hot was provided mostly by guitarist Wayne Krantz.
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December 1, 2007 | Greg Burk, Special to The Times
Staging benefit concerts and adopting babies are great, but musician Leni Stern has her own way of spreading the vibration of Africa: She has become an African. The people of Mali have even given the Bavarian-born guitarist and singer-songwriter a little piece of land, because they want her to stay. She's lived there about half-time for more than two years, and she wants everybody to know she's not suffering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Leni Stern has been going along nicely, nurturing a modest but happy career as one of the few females making waves in the male-dominated world of jazz guitar. The German-born musician started out in theater and film composing, and wound up going to the Berklee School of Music in Boston to study film scoring. Once there, jazz guitar became her obsession. She also wound up marrying a guitarist of note, Mike Stern.
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December 1, 2007 | Greg Burk, Special to The Times
Staging benefit concerts and adopting babies are great, but musician Leni Stern has her own way of spreading the vibration of Africa: She has become an African. The people of Mali have even given the Bavarian-born guitarist and singer-songwriter a little piece of land, because they want her to stay. She's lived there about half-time for more than two years, and she wants everybody to know she's not suffering.
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April 16, 1998
Film director George Sidney will be on hand for a screening and discussion of his splashy 1946 film, "The Harvey Girls," which starred Judy Garland, Virginia O'Brien and Cyd Charisse as a group of spunky waitresses for the Harvey restaurant chain. The musical also stars Angela Lansbury, John Hodiak and Ray Bolger, and boasts great numbers such as the Oscar-winning "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe," and O'Brien's deadpan rendition of "The Wild, Wild West."
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March 31, 2007 | CASEY DOLAN
Surfing the Web for new music, video and MP3 downloads can be a serious time investment. Tips from Times staff and contributors will help take the drag out of your click-and-drag. Some downloads may contain explicit lyrics. Except as noted, all of the selections are free and available online at latimes.com/downloads. "Wake Up" Tim Armstrong www.epitaph.com/artists/artist/233/albdesc Rancid's frontman has a surprise hit on his hands with a track from his unfinished solo album.
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January 28, 2008 | Greg Burk, Special to The Times
The sax was amped through a Marshall half-stack. The crowd sported some rock-dude coifs and a skull on a shirt. Today's funk-fusion ain't the same as your dad's, as Thursday's performance by Rudder at the Baked Potato testified. But some things haven't changed. Plenty of audience dads were grandfathered in. The players represented an identifiable stripe of unkempt studio rat. Henry Hey's keyboard emulated a vintage Fender Rhodes.
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October 15, 1989 | MICHAEL ARKUSH
Stacks of unopened records, tapes and CDs littered the narrow corridor of the Burbank office suite. "Welcome to promo hell," said Jim Snowden, president of Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings, as he supervised the mailing of new recordings to radio stations and retail stores nationwide. "At a big label, this is done in a big mail room. We don't have a big mail room." Mesa/Bluemoon doesn't have any mail room. It doesn't have fancy offices with state-of-the-art furniture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Leni Stern has been going along nicely, nurturing a modest but happy career as one of the few females making waves in the male-dominated world of jazz guitar. The German-born musician started out in theater and film composing, and wound up going to the Berklee School of Music in Boston to study film scoring. Once there, jazz guitar became her obsession. She also wound up marrying a guitarist of note, Mike Stern.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 1990 | ZAN STEWART
Things ran hot and cool Tuesday at downtown Los Angeles' Grand Avenue Bar as guitarist Leni (pronounced Lean-ee) Stern led an electrified quartet through bracing originals of the modern, contemporary mode. During the third set by the group, a cohesive yet flexible foursome with a distinctive sound and an occasional penchant for loudness, the hot was provided mostly by guitarist Wayne Krantz.
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August 12, 2010 | By Andrew Gilbert, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Béla Fleck knows a kindred spirit when he sees one. Just as he has made a career out of taking the banjo into uncharted musical territory, Mali's Bassekou Kouyate is winning fans across North America with his potent acoustic ensemble Ngoni Ba, a band designed to demonstrate the power and flexibility of his ancient West African lute. He brings Ngoni Ba to Grand Performances on Friday night as part of a free double bill with Dengue Fever, the last leg of an extensive tour that Kouyate opened last winter with Fleck.
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January 24, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
The international impact of jazz, long a fait accompli , is reflected more and more frequently in the recorded product available in the United States. Purely by chance, the first four albums chosen for review this week were by artists who came to this country from Poland, New Zealand, England and Germany. But like their American counterparts, they have chosen many directions in their pursuit of a jazz-related image, as the following comments reveal. "NAUGHTY BABY." Adam Makowicz.
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