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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.
January 27, 2014 | By David Ng
When it was announced earlier this month, the oddball pairing of pianist Lang Lang and the band Metallica for the 2014 Grammy Awards produced snickers and arched eyebrows among classical music and heavy metal fans alike. But musicians who seemed to have nothing in common on the surface proved that they were in fact a good, or at least interesting, fit in their rendition of the band's "One," which they performed live on stage at Staples Center on Sunday. Lang Lang, a pianist who cultivates an aggressive showmanship and a rather rock-like cult of personality, wore a shimmering light blue blazer as he played backup piano to Metallica frontman James Hetfield.
December 6, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
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 | DON HECKMAN
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.
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 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
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 | From Associated Press
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.
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