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December 28, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Accompanists don't always play second fiddle. A few emerge from the shadow of those they accompany. Some, like longtime Tony Bennett pianist Ralph Sharon, have highly visible positions that give them well-deserved exposure. Others--like the late Jimmie Rowles, who accompanied Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald, among others--have such talent that they are recognized as geniuses and leaders in their own right.
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December 28, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Accompanists don't always play second fiddle. A few emerge from the shadow of those they accompany. Some, like longtime Tony Bennett pianist Ralph Sharon, have highly visible positions that give them well-deserved exposure. Others--like the late Jimmie Rowles, who accompanied Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald, among others--have such talent that they are recognized as geniuses and leaders in their own right.
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January 26, 1995 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Listen to pianist Llew Matthews play with singer Nancy Wilson, or one of his occasional appearances with such jazz notables as Kenny Burrell and Buddy Collette, and you hear an inventive, adventurous artist who enjoys both jazz's tradition and its more expressive aspects.
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January 26, 1995 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Listen to pianist Llew Matthews play with singer Nancy Wilson, or one of his occasional appearances with such jazz notables as Kenny Burrell and Buddy Collette, and you hear an inventive, adventurous artist who enjoys both jazz's tradition and its more expressive aspects.
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February 17, 1989 | DON HECKMAN
One of the great pleasures of hearing a performer like Kenny Burrell is the opportunity to experience a few moments with the persistent vitality of contemporary jazz history. In his opening set at the Biltmore Hotel's Grand Ave. Bar on Tuesday night, Burrell made the most of a brief but effective four-tune program, adroitly demonstrating the skills that have made him a poll-winning, world-class guitarist.
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September 21, 1999
Art * "Pushing Paint," paintings by Leslie Wayne, Jane Dickson, Donald Moffett, Ken Kelly, James Richards, Joseph Lee and others, and "Contained: Fiction/Reality," books and boxes by Tari Brand and Connie Sasso, are on view through Oct. 8 at Chapman University's Guggenheim Gallery, 333 N. Glassell St., Orange. Noon-5 p.m. today. Free. (714) 997-6729. * "Outside the Box: Photo Portfolios From the Permanent Collection" is on view through Oct.
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March 30, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When guitarist Frank Potenza, at the urging of older peers, decided to leave his native New England and seek out his musical fortunes in a major metropolitan jazz center, he had a choice: New York or Los Angeles. In the end, it was no contest. "I had met my future wife, and she lived in L.A.," he said in a recent phone conversation from his home in Lakewood.
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May 9, 1989 | BILL KOHLHAASE
The Orange County Performing Arts Center's jazz singers series ended Sunday with performances by two singers in varied styles. The first, Joe Williams, is a storyteller who gets his point across with a rich, meaningful tone. The second, Nancy Wilson, stretches a lyric with range and emotion. Both brought excellent supporting units, and both paid tribute to varied musical influences. Williams' set used the blues as a touchstone, but the king-size vocalist also showed his swing chops and a sincere, soothing way with a ballad.
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January 24, 1991 | LEONARD FEATHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bobby Hutcherson is in a rare situation in the jazz world. He plays an instrument that has produced only a handful of true originators. World-class vibraphonists have included Red Norvo and Lionel Hampton in the swing era, Milt Jackson in the bebop vanguard, Gary Burton with his impressionistic sounds of the '60s, and Hutcherson, mainly since the '70s, though he has been recording as a leader for more than 25 years.
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February 25, 1999 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
How much do jazz artists appreciate their audience? Plenty, judging by the proceedings on and off the bandstand Tuesday at Restaurant Kikuya in Huntington Beach. The occasion ostensibly was a celebration of Kikuya's nearly five years of live music--it was April 1994 when singer Jack Wood and guitarist Ron Eschete introduced jazz in Kikuya's lounge. In reality, though, it was a surprise 80th birthday party for Mary Fleckenstein, who's earned a reputation as Orange County's biggest jazz fan.
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October 26, 1996 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With a new album out and a heavy schedule of touring to promote it, don't look for Los Angeles' own B Sharp Quartet to play its hometown any time soon. The group opened in New York earlier this week at the well-known Greenwich Village nightspot Visiones, part of a trip that takes them to several showcase clubs on the East Coast, including Blues Alley in Washington and Ryles in Boston.
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October 19, 1999
THEATER "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," Christopher Hampton's drama following the sexual intrigues of an 18th century French aristocrat, closes today at Chapman University's Waltmar Theatre, 333 N. Glassell St., Orange. 8 p.m. $6-$8. (714) 997-6812. Previews of "The Piano Lesson," August Wilson's Pulitzer-winning drama about a brother and sister who claim moral ownership of a priceless family heirloom, continue through Thursday at South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 8 p.m.
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