January 8, 2003 |
Big Band Monday Night. It's one of the jazz world's most persistent traditions, one in which clubs use the week's off night to showcase large ensembles. Long a practice in New York City, it has produced such superb groups as the Mel Jones-Thad Lewis Big Band and the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Monday's performance by Steve Huffsteter's large ensemble at the Jazz Bakery was a considerably rarer Los Angeles example of Big Band Monday Night.
September 5, 1995 |
Dizzy's Den, a new stage named for the late jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and expanded seating for the perennially sold-out Monterey Jazz Festival will be among the highlights of this year's event, which takes place Sept. 15-17 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.
September 9, 1993 |
"Last Tango in Paris," one of the most praised and provocative movies to come out of the '70s, launches a series of free screenings at Cal State Fullerton tonight. Double-billed with Spanish director Vincente Aranda's "Lovers" (1992), Bernardo Bertolucci's "Last Tango" (1972) stars Marlon Brando as an American distraught over the mysterious suicide of his French wife. He meets a young woman (played by Maria Schneider) in a vacant Paris apartment, and they embark on a blindly passionate affair.
December 6, 2013 |
Los Angeles' increasing reputation as a capital for new classical music got further confirmation from the Grammy Awards on Friday night. Five recordings that involve the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Santa Monica new music series Jacaranda, the Piano Spheres pianist Gloria Cheng and the Ojai Festival received a total of seven nominations in five categories. It is a particularly big year for the L.A. Phil's conductor laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen. His recording of Witold Lutoslawski's First Symphony with his former orchestra, released in a Salonen/L.A.
March 2, 1995 |
It wasn't exactly an adventurous year for jazz Grammy nominations, with virtually no entries from such exciting young performers as Joshua Redman and Cyrus Chestnut. So it's no surprise that the academy, despite its professed interest in youth, chose to honor veterans and push aside the few young performers nominated.
March 10, 1997 |
Bassist Christian McBride and tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano share the same musical spirit, even though they play different instruments, favor different types of material and were born 20 years apart (Lovano in 1952, McBride in 1972). The two, both natural virtuosos, bring a sincere, childlike enthusiasm to their music that seems unbounded by technique or lack of imagination.
June 21, 1990
In the 22 years since the MPAA installed its current ratings system, the vast majority of publicity has been generated by films rated X. Among the landmark debates * Midnight Cowboy (1969): John Schlesinger's urban drama was X-rated because of a scene implying a homosexual act in a theater, but the X rating didn't hurt films in those days. "Midnight Cowboy" won three Oscars, including one for best picture.
November 4, 2005 |
Michelangelo Antonioni's "The Passenger" doesn't tell the story of David Locke (Jack Nicholson), a reporter who exchanges identities with a gun runner after finding him dead in his Chadian hotel room (with Algeria doing the honors), so much as it gazes impassively as it unfolds. Disillusioned with his job and isolated (we later learn) in his marriage, Locke sheds his work, personal life and identity to begin a new life to which he has no emotional connection.
November 9, 2002 |
A mildly retarded teenager was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for the drowning of an autistic 5-year-old boy who prosecutors say was shoved into a canal and left to die. Gorman Roberts, 18, was convicted of manslaughter for the Feb. 10 killing. Prosecutors said he laughed as the boy, Jordan Payne, died in the weed-filled waterway not far from his father's home in Pompano Beach. The defense said Jordan, who was unable to talk or swim, slipped during a tussle.