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July 5, 1988 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
Louis Armstrong was never exactly sure what day he was born, but the histories say circa the Fourth of July and that was the day he celebrated. So when the brass bands march on the Fourth, I always give a mental salute to Satchmo and think of him as a child, playing in the band at the Waifs Home in New Orleans where he got his start. Armstrong was first assigned to the drums, actually, but there must be a force of destiny and it led him to the trumpet.
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July 5, 1988 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
Louis Armstrong was never exactly sure what day he was born, but the histories say circa the Fourth of July and that was the day he celebrated. So when the brass bands march on the Fourth, I always give a mental salute to Satchmo and think of him as a child, playing in the band at the Waifs Home in New Orleans where he got his start. Armstrong was first assigned to the drums, actually, but there must be a force of destiny and it led him to the trumpet.
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November 21, 1989 | BILL KOHLHAASE
With all the note-taking going on, it looked like the audience was filled with critics Sunday during the performance of Ann Patterson's Maiden Voyage at Rancho Santiago College's Phillips Hall. But the scribblers in the crowd were students of jazz history, and Patterson's outfit gave them, as well as those there just to listen, plenty of learning opportunities.
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June 27, 2005 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Chris Griffin, one of the finest trumpeters of the big band-era best known for his work in Benny Goodman's orchestra, has died. He was 89. Griffin died June 18 in Danbury, Conn., of melanoma, according to his fiancee, Louise Baranger. Through the latter half of the 1930s, Goodman's orchestra was considered the top group in the country and had a huge following.
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July 12, 1988 | ZAN STEWART
If you were hungry for music, then the Long Beach Music Festival, a smorgasbord of sounds held Sunday at the port city's Hyatt Regency Hotel, was the right place to be. With a variety of jazz, swing, Dixie and classical groups playing in four different venues from noon until 11 p.m., the nonprofit event was an aural feast that would have sated even the most insatiable ears.
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November 2, 1986 | LEONARD FEATHER
It is all but impossible to get a fix on Mel Powell. To his students at CalArts in Valencia, he is the professor in whose classroom students are inculcated with an understanding of music through the centuries, from Palestrina to Poulenc to Powell.
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January 22, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What makes a good jazz club? The obvious answer is "good jazz." But it's an answer that misses the point in a region filled with far more good jazz than even the existing venues can handle. New York City excepted, Los Angeles has as many first-class players as any other place on the globe. And it continues to be a necessary destination for many nationally touring performers.
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June 15, 1986 | LEONARD FEATHER
A few weeks ago, at the Hyatt on Sunset in West Hollywood, Ann Patterson's Maiden Voyage orchestra played to a crowded and enthusiastic roomful of music lovers. The ensemble spirit, the compositions and the soloists all represented big-band jazz at its highest contemporary level. What the audience didn't know was that none of the members can make a living simply out of working in this exceptional ensemble.
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