November 23, 1993 |
The day Jim and Martha Hession met legendary pianist-composer Eubie Blake was one of the most fortunate of their career. But their 15-year association with the pioneering jazz pianist, who died in 1983 at age 100, also has its down-side. "When people hear you worked with Eubie Blake, they think that you're going to sound like a turn-of-the-century ragtime band," vocalist Martha said in a three-way phone conversation with her pianist husband from their Glendale home.
June 11, 1990 |
Dodsworth's, a spacious restaurant and bar at 2 W. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, seems to be drawing large crowds with its four-nights-a-week jazz policy. The attraction last Friday was the Hession-Peagler Quartet. The trouble is that the crowds in question are supremely uninterested in listening to the music; they are here to talk.
August 27, 1998 |
Tim Emmons started his musical life as a guitarist, but he didn't click with the instrument. "Look at these mitts," he said, holding up his small hands with thick digits. "My fingers are too fat for the guitar." Bass, to which Emmons switched at age 16, was better. First he played electric, then, at 18, when the West Hollywood native began studying music at UC Santa Barbara, upright bass. The latter felt grand.
November 28, 1998 |
Where can you bounce between rooms filled with the sounds of big band and country, swingin' jazz and chamber music, a steel drum ensemble and a Dixieland band? At Bash '98, the Orange County Musicians' Assn. festival, that's where. This 27th annual fund-raiser, benefiting the organization's emergency relief fund and scholarship programs, will be held Sunday at the Doubletree Hotel Orange County Airport. There, 389 musicians will play on six different bandstands.
August 27, 1993 |
The first time I saw slipcovered furniture, I was visiting a college friend at his family home in New Orleans' genteel Garden District. My friend's mother, an aristocratic, nervous woman, had just put summer slipcovers on the living room chairs and sofa. I was expected to approve but was, instead, utterly confused: Why, I wondered, would someone want to put what looked like rumpled white pajamas on their furniture?
December 9, 1994 |
With the holiday shopping frenzy in full swing, remembering to check to see who might be playing at your favorite jazz venue is easy to forget. With that in mind, here is our first annual holiday reminder of good things to come. Catalina Bar & Grill The Hollywood venue continues to offer an appealing musical menu. Charles Lloyd and Cedar Walton's trio continue their six-night stand through Sunday. Then comes invigorating and extroverted pianist Horace Tapscott on Dec.