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November 23, 1991 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like so many Eastern European jazz musicians, Hungarian pianist Les Czimber started thinking about life in these United States when listening to Willis Conover's jazz program on "Voice of America" radio. "When I was a kid, I'd hear him play Dave Brubeck, George Shearing and Oscar Peterson," the Budapest native said. "I just knew I'd have to come to the United States. All the best jazz players in the world are here. You have to be here to be part of it."
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December 23, 1993 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Walk up the short flight of stairs that leads to the first level of the 21 Oceanfront restaurant any Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening and you'll hear the sounds of a solid piano trio coming from inside. But when you go in, turn left and pass through the bar, you'll be surprised to find Les Czimber at the shiny black spinet, all by himself.
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December 23, 1993 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Walk up the short flight of stairs that leads to the first level of the 21 Oceanfront restaurant any Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening and you'll hear the sounds of a solid piano trio coming from inside. But when you go in, turn left and pass through the bar, you'll be surprised to find Les Czimber at the shiny black spinet, all by himself.
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November 23, 1991 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like so many Eastern European jazz musicians, Hungarian pianist Les Czimber started thinking about life in these United States when listening to Willis Conover's jazz program on "Voice of America" radio. "When I was a kid, I'd hear him play Dave Brubeck, George Shearing and Oscar Peterson," the Budapest native said. "I just knew I'd have to come to the United States. All the best jazz players in the world are here. You have to be here to be part of it."
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October 2, 1990 | BILL KOHLHAASE
Standards, the common language of jazz, allow musicians thoroughly unacquainted with each other to tap a shared consciousness, no matter how little rehearsal they've had. They also provide a touchstone for the listener, something familiar that invites comparison against past performances. Giving them a fresh face isn't very easy.
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December 10, 1987 | Joseph N. Bell
I stopped for a drink the other evening at the Irvine Hilton. I like to get lost in a bar and read, especially if there is a piano in the background playing my music. There was. The heavyset, tuxedoed pianist was good. I found myself unable to read. I was mouthing the lyrics to the tunes he was playing, and when he started "You Stepped Out of a Dream," I put down my magazine and sang. Not loud enough for anyone to hear me, but I could hear myself.
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November 24, 1998
Music * The UC Irvine Women's Chorus sings "Songs of Women and Girls" in the Concert Hall, West Peltason Drive and Mesa Road, UCI. 8 tonight. Free. (949) 824-2787. Pop/Rock * Dan Lefler & Friends play at the Renaissance Dana Point, 24701 Del Prado. 8 tonight. Free. (949) 661-6003. * The All Star Trio plays at the Canyon Inn, 6821 Fairlynn Blvd., Yorba Linda. 9 tonight. Free. (714) 779-0880. * Rubberneck, UFO Bro and White Liars play at Linda's Doll Hut, 107 S. Adams St., Anaheim. 9 tonight. $3.
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January 1, 1997 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jazz highlights, in chronological order: * Pianist George Gaffney with trumpeter Buddy Childers and vocalist Jack Wood, Restaurant Kikuya, Huntington Beach (Thursday). Gaffney, who has accompanied a host of top-shelf vocalists (including Natalie Cole) is joined by longtime Frank Sinatra trumpeter Childers and vocalist Wood.
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March 24, 1994 | ANNE MICHAUD, Anne Michaud is a staff writer for The Times Orange County Edition. Information for this column can be faxed to (714) 966-5663, or call (714) 966-7898. and
Russian cuisine is the focus of a special menu to be served Saturday at Cafe Fleuri in Hotel Le Meridien, Newport Beach. The four-course menu starts with a vodka aperitif and an appetizer of caviar, smoked fish, oysters and blinis. Coulibiac, a puff pastry of salmon with lobster sauce, and sauteed beef tenderloin a la stroganoff will be followed by a tsarine of pineapple ice cream and strawberries marinated in kummel, a Russian liqueur. Wines will be selected by the chef.
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July 22, 1993 | ANNE MICHAUD, Anne Michaud is a staff writer for The Times Orange County Edition
Outdoor dining is in at two more county restaurants. Carmelo's has opened its large flagstone grill, with a 40-seat patio area, and patrons are invited to watch the chefs prepare the restaurant's Italian dinner menu there. The grill is now open permanently. 3520 Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. (714) 675-1922. Antonello Ristorante has added alfresco dining at lunchtime on its 30-seat patio and is also offering a "light" summer menu, mostly for under $10.
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October 2, 1990 | BILL KOHLHAASE
Standards, the common language of jazz, allow musicians thoroughly unacquainted with each other to tap a shared consciousness, no matter how little rehearsal they've had. They also provide a touchstone for the listener, something familiar that invites comparison against past performances. Giving them a fresh face isn't very easy.
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October 31, 1990 | BILL KOHLHAASE
You remember Shorty Rogers. He's the hipster from the '50s with the well-trimmed beard; the leader of Shorty Rogers and His Giants, former Kenton trumpeter-composer and member of Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars who had a hand in composing the music for such movies as "The Wild One" and "The Man With the Golden Arm." His reserved, intellectual style of playing and composing helped shape the West Coast sound of the '50s.
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December 27, 1990 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Though Orange County still lacks a big-name jazz venue such as Catalinain Los Angeles or Elario's in San Diego, there still were plenty of sounds for the digging here in the past year. Here are five of the best: * Jack DeJohnette, with guitarist Pat Metheny, keyboardist Herbie Hancock and bassist Dave Holland at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, June 15.
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