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January 6, 2001 | JON THURBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Music would be a way out of the drudgery of his father's bakery in a small Pennsylvania town, a young Les Brown once hoped. It became his ticket to the top of the entertainment world. Brown, who died of lung cancer Thursday night in his Los Angeles home at the age of 88, and his Band of Renown made the hit parade in the 1940s with tunes like "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio," "Sentimental Journey" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm."
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October 28, 2007 | Joshua Sandoval, Times Staff Writer
Wildfires in seven Southern California counties destroyed nearly 1,800 homes last week. Unlike the 2003 fires, these hit at a time when foreclosure activity is at record levels, according to DataQuick Information Systems. To understand how these events relate, we spoke with attorney Les Brown of Howrey's Global Litigation Group, an expert in insurance coverage disputes based in Los Angeles. Question: It is a safe assumption that foreclosed homes were among those caught in last week's wildfires.
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NEWS
September 5, 1993
He's been a disc jockey, a radio station manager, a state legislator, a civil-rights activist and one of the country's most in-demand motivational speakers. But now Les Brown is about to embark on a truly frightening career challenge: TV talk-show host. "The Les Brown Show," which premieres nationally on Monday, is being touted as "pro-active," "inspirational" and "empowering"--an alternative to sensationalistic, tabloid TV.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2002 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Abe Most, a swing clarinetist known for his work with the Les Brown and Tommy Dorsey bands in the 1940s and '50s, has died. He was 82. Most, who later fashioned a career as a studio musician, died Oct. 10 of heart failure at Kaiser Hospital in Panorama City, according to his wife, Gussie. Born in New York City, Most began playing the clarinet at the age of 9. He began playing professionally at 16 and later led his own groups at Kelly's Stable and the Hickory House, two New York City jazz spots.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 1993 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In its nearly 60-year history, Les Brown's Band of Renown has always been a family affair. Both of the bandleader's brothers, Warren and Clyde (Stumpy) Brown, spent time in the band. Singer, trombonist and current band manager Stumpy, 13 years younger than the 81-year-old Les, is still active and celebrating his 50th year as a member (Warren, 74, now lives in Carlsbad). And Brown's son, singer-conductor Les Brown Jr.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1996 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"That brought back such memories," said a silver-haired woman to her companion as the throng left the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College early Sunday evening, savoring Les Brown's dandy performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 1990 | ZAN STEWART
When clarinetist-saxophonist Les Brown started his career, he wanted to be the next "King of Swing." In fact, he wished this so much that he patterned his Durham, N.C.-based Duke Blue Devils, formed in 1935 when Brown and his crew were students at Duke University, after Benny Goodman's big band. Today, the 78-year-old Brown may be the "King of Swing" by default. "I'm the only one (of the original swing era bandleaders) left," he says jokingly.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After composer-arranger Vic Schoen concluded his opening piece at the Red Lion Hotel on Sunday, Les Brown had a question: "Can you hear it?" he asked the packed ballroom. Brown's inquiry brought a big laugh from the crowd assembled for the 25th anniversary edition of the Orange County Musicians' Assn.'s Bash. Of course they could hear it--Schoen's piece had been written for the muscle of dual big bands.
REAL ESTATE
October 28, 2007 | Joshua Sandoval, Times Staff Writer
Wildfires in seven Southern California counties destroyed nearly 1,800 homes last week. Unlike the 2003 fires, these hit at a time when foreclosure activity is at record levels, according to DataQuick Information Systems. To understand how these events relate, we spoke with attorney Les Brown of Howrey's Global Litigation Group, an expert in insurance coverage disputes based in Los Angeles. Question: It is a safe assumption that foreclosed homes were among those caught in last week's wildfires.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2002 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Abe Most, a swing clarinetist known for his work with the Les Brown and Tommy Dorsey bands in the 1940s and '50s, has died. He was 82. Most, who later fashioned a career as a studio musician, died Oct. 10 of heart failure at Kaiser Hospital in Panorama City, according to his wife, Gussie. Born in New York City, Most began playing the clarinet at the age of 9. He began playing professionally at 16 and later led his own groups at Kelly's Stable and the Hickory House, two New York City jazz spots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2001 | JON THURBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Music would be a way out of the drudgery of his father's bakery in a small Pennsylvania town, a young Les Brown once hoped. It became his ticket to the top of the entertainment world. Brown, who died of lung cancer Thursday night in his Los Angeles home at the age of 88, and his Band of Renown made the hit parade in the 1940s with tunes like "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio," "Sentimental Journey" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1996 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"That brought back such memories," said a silver-haired woman to her companion as the throng left the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College early Sunday evening, savoring Les Brown's dandy performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After composer-arranger Vic Schoen concluded his opening piece at the Red Lion Hotel on Sunday, Les Brown had a question: "Can you hear it?" he asked the packed ballroom. Brown's inquiry brought a big laugh from the crowd assembled for the 25th anniversary edition of the Orange County Musicians' Assn.'s Bash. Of course they could hear it--Schoen's piece had been written for the muscle of dual big bands.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The scene in the rehearsal auditorium at the Musicians' Union local a couple of days before Thanksgiving wasn't much different than one on the cover of a 1959 Kapp label recording, "Suite for Two Bands." Two orchestras, each with its own director, sat side by side. On the album cover, each conductor sported a tuxedo and a healthy head of dark hair.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1995
The Les Brown Band of Renown, under the direction of Les Brown Jr., will be featured at the Malibu Optimist Club annual jazz concert fund-raiser Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theater, Center for the Arts, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Also performing will be the Nightblooming Jazzmen Dixieland Band. Tickets are $35. Information: (310) 456-4522.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 1993 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In its nearly 60-year history, Les Brown's Band of Renown has always been a family affair. Both of the bandleader's brothers, Warren and Clyde (Stumpy) Brown, spent time in the band. Singer, trombonist and current band manager Stumpy, 13 years younger than the 81-year-old Les, is still active and celebrating his 50th year as a member (Warren, 74, now lives in Carlsbad). And Brown's son, singer-conductor Les Brown Jr.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 1987 | JACK HAWN
He's lived in the same house on a quiet, shady street in Pacific Palisades for 35 years, been with his wife even longer, played golf and bridge for decades . . . and, not surprisingly, always gives fans what they expect--those familiar big-band arrangements that started toes tapping and feet shuffling half a century ago. If Les Brown has been in a rut all these years, it's been an enviable one--a happy combination of work and play.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The scene in the rehearsal auditorium at the Musicians' Union local a couple of days before Thanksgiving wasn't much different than one on the cover of a 1959 Kapp label recording, "Suite for Two Bands." Two orchestras, each with its own director, sat side by side. On the album cover, each conductor sported a tuxedo and a healthy head of dark hair.
NEWS
September 5, 1993
He's been a disc jockey, a radio station manager, a state legislator, a civil-rights activist and one of the country's most in-demand motivational speakers. But now Les Brown is about to embark on a truly frightening career challenge: TV talk-show host. "The Les Brown Show," which premieres nationally on Monday, is being touted as "pro-active," "inspirational" and "empowering"--an alternative to sensationalistic, tabloid TV.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 1990 | ZAN STEWART
When clarinetist-saxophonist Les Brown started his career, he wanted to be the next "King of Swing." In fact, he wished this so much that he patterned his Durham, N.C.-based Duke Blue Devils, formed in 1935 when Brown and his crew were students at Duke University, after Benny Goodman's big band. Today, the 78-year-old Brown may be the "King of Swing" by default. "I'm the only one (of the original swing era bandleaders) left," he says jokingly.
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