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October 11, 2009 | Dinah Eng
Ocean views and a bountiful flower and vegetable garden create a peaceful setting for this 1983 Buff and Hensman beachfront house at the west end of Malibu that once was home to jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis. Conrad Buff III and Donald Hensman are credited with helping to define "ultra-cool" in contemporary-style homes during the 1950s and 1960s, with modern designs that embraced the Southern California lifestyle. They designed homes for many celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka and Steve McQueen.
October 1, 2013 | By Chris Barton
At an age when most people are easing into retirement, 67-year-old bassist Dave Holland can't stop working. Popping up this Saturday at UCLA's Royce Hall as one of the marquee headliners of the six-night Angel City Jazz Festival (which kicks off Friday at LACMA), the onetime Miles Davis sideman and longtime fixture on the jazz vanguard will appear with his latest ensemble, Prism. A bracing electric quartet composed of players who are bandleaders in their own right in pianist Craig Taborn, drummer Eric Harland and guitarist Kevin Eubanks, Prism's churning, groove-heavy sound is a marked departure from some of Holland's acoustic work with his quintet.
May 29, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Combining the twin obsessions of music and philately, stamps commemorating Miles Davis and Edith Piaf will be dedicated at the the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City on June 12. The ceremony will include members of the Davis family, including his children Cheryl and Erin, as well as appearances by bassist Ron Carter and Blue Note president Don Was. West Coast fans disappointed at the prospect of missing out on another New York-based jazz event...
April 24, 2013 | By Chris Barton
There was a central problem with the "Tribute to Miles" concert at Disney Hall Tuesday night, and it was readily acknowledged from the stage. "How do you look back on someone who refused to look back himself?" asked bassist and former Davis collaborator Marcus Miller midway through the set. Miller was explaining how he put together the band, which in addition to trumpeter Sean Jones and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta also featured two of Davis' most famous bandmates in Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
August 30, 2011 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
Given certain realities of the marketplace, jazz musicians generally don't have to worry about being easily recognized while walking the streets. For pianist Michael Wolff, however, this is a bit more of an occupational hazard on multiple fronts. A veteran musician who has enjoyed a variety of high-profile gigs dating to his first break in Cal Tjader's band in the early '70s, Wolff's face might also seem familiar if you caught "The Arsenio Hall Show" in the '90s, when the pianist led the talk show's funk-leaning house band the Dog Pound for 51/2 years.
November 17, 1988 | From Reuters
American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis collapsed after a concert in Madrid and has canceled a show in Barcelona, his promoters said today. "At the end of the concert in Madrid he fainted . . . the doctor has told him not to move," a spokesman for the Barcelona concert promoters said. Davis, 61, suffered from exhaustion after the concert on Tuesday. It was not clear whether he would continue his European tour.
June 29, 2012 | By Greg Burk, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Many have revisited Miles Davis' jazz; few have recaptured his magic. As 1980s Davis collaborator Marcus Miller observed Wednesday night, the ever-evolving trumpeter never looked back, so contemporary interpreters better keep an ear to the present. Three ensembles picked up the gauntlet at the Hollywood Bowl, where Davis staged his last public performance in August 1991, just one month before he died. Toughest work: Performing the entire landmark "Kind of Blue" album - an appropriate task for drummer Jimmy Cobb's "So What" Band, since Cobb is the 1959 sextet's lone survivor.
August 8, 1986 | TERRY ATKINSON
Recently, Home Tech examined the surprising absence of compact discs by Frank Sinatra (soon to be corrected by Warner Bros./Reprise Records) and the Beatles. Pop fans aren't the only ones who complain about too few CDs by favorite artists.
February 23, 2008 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Teo Macero, whose innovative work as a producer of jazz albums in the 1960s and '70s helped define the recorded sound of artists such as Miles Davis and redefine the meaning of studio production, died Tuesday at a hospital in Riverhead, N.Y. He was 82. Macero, who lived in Quogue, N.Y., had been ill for some time, said his stepdaughter, Suzie Lightbourn of Morristown, N.J. The cause of death was not given.
July 15, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Stubblefield, 60, a versatile jazz saxophonist who worked with some of the leading names in jazz including Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and McCoy Tyner, died July 4 of prostate cancer at a hospital in New York City. Born in Little Rock, Ark., Stubblefield learned piano and saxophone as a child. He played with rhythm and blues acts such as Jackie Wilson and Solomon Burke. He later moved to Chicago where he joined the progressive Assn.
March 8, 2013 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Trumpeter and roving ambassador for jazz Wynton Marsalis brings his nimble big band to town with a wealth of talent and tradition in tow. Expect sharp suits and even sharper tunes delivered by a band dedicated to bridging the gap between the music's history and its present. Walt Disney Concert Hall, April 20 Ambrose Akinmusire: As if the weather weren't enough for Angelenos to gloat about, jazz fans got yet another reason when this trumpeter returned to his West Coast roots as an instructor at USC's Thornton School of Music.
February 18, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
When Los Angeles muralist Richard Wyatt Jr. set out in 1990 to create a gigantic public artwork paying tribute to nearly a dozen great jazz musicians, he was given only two specific requests. "Nat King Cole's widow [Maria] asked me if I would show him wearing his favorite tie," said Wyatt, 57, as he stood next to his recently restored mural at the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood last week. "And Joe Smith, who was president of Capitol at the time, asked me if I'd please include Ella Fitzgerald," he said.
February 12, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Jazz trumpeter and band leader Donald Byrd, whose clean, elegant phrasing made his reputation in the 1950s and '60s before he began experimenting in the '70s and '80s with jazz-funk-R&B fusions on discs such as "Black Byrd" and "Thank You ... for F.U.M.L. (Funking Up My Life)," has died at age 80. He reportedly died Feb. 4 in Dover, Del. Byrd was born Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II in Detroit and grew up immersed in that city's rich blues and church-music culture (his father was a Methodist minister)
January 28, 2013 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
Miles Davis had a raw, multi-syllable name for his group from 1969, and it wasn't one we can print in this newspaper. Known in various jazz-obsessive circles as the Lost Band, the powerful quintet of all stars Davis assembled between the release of plate-shifting albums "In a Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew" included keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Though the group famously was never documented in the studio, its legacy is enhanced with "Live in Europe 1969," a four disc set that marks the second volume in Columbia/Legacy's Bootleg Series.
January 10, 2013
Born in Lebanon and based in Paris, acclaimed trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf uses a quarter-tone trumpet to meld the sound of jazz with the sonic building blocks of Arabic music. Though such a meeting could sound jarring to the uninitiated, Maalouf makes it sound intoxicatingly natural on his moody new album "Wind," a recording inspired by Miles Davis' soundtrack work for Louis Malle's "Elevator to the Gallows. " The Jazz Bakery at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 Pico Blvd., L.A. Thu., 7:30 p.m. $35
January 4, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
As befits a new jazz venue, Brad Neal's RG Club in Venice is kind of an improvisatory venture. "This is so stupid, why would anyone do this," Neal joked, surveying the bright Art Deco-inspired room, which opened seven weeks ago. "I don't have any experience running a bar. I'm just a guy who loves music. " Neal's a real estate professional by day (albeit one who greets guests in a Hindu "Om" T-shirt befitting his hippie-ish home turf). But his new night job running a jazz joint might prove to be an extended solo.
August 19, 1986 | LEONARD FEATHER
Let us now praise Miles Davis. Had it not been for his strength in pulling Sunday's Hollywood Bowl concert out of the doldrums, the disastrous events of the first two hours could never have been counteracted. Tommy Hawkins, the host, announced this at the JVC Jazz Festival, thus trivializing a word that is now applied to a single, non-festive concert.
March 29, 1996 | DON HECKMAN
Miles Davis in action was a sight to behold, a performer whose every move was fascinating, even when he was calculatedly turning his back on his listeners. Tonight, Bravo's "Jazzfest" provides yet another opportunity to take a good look at this most charismatic of all jazz artists. Taped during a concert at Germany's Munich Klaviersommer in 1987, the performance is as close to pure music as television gets.
December 24, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
The story may be apocryphal, but according to legend (i.e. Wikipedia) the jazz pianist John Beasley put together his first drum kit at age 2, using kitchen pots and pans. History does not record the title of the debut tune that Beasley performed on his DIY percussion set (let's hope, for his parents' sake, that it didn't take place 'round midnight). But history does record that Beasley went on to write a jazz composition that landed him a scholarship at age 14; record with Miles Davis, Queen Latifah and Steely Dan, among many others; make music for TV's "Fame" and "Cheers"; contribute to film soundtracks including "The Godfather III"; and consistently craft jazz-funk-roots fusion discs that cause critics to use encomiums like, "a groove so deep you could fall right in. " Best of 2012:   Movies  |  TV  |  Pop music  |  Jazz  |  Video Games |  Art  |  Theater  |  Dance  |  Classical music So take note, jazz historians: Next month, Beasley will collaborate on four consecutive Wednesdays during a residency at the Blue Whale in downtown's Little Tokyo.
November 10, 2012 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
Few things could be less cool than conducting a scientific study on what it means to be cool, but that didn't stop a group of researchers from facing the question down anyway. Their study, "Coolness: An Empirical Investigation," developed from what sounds like a barroom debate. "One day, a friend of mine was trying to figure out if Steve Buscemi was cool," said Ilan Dar-Nimrod, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. "We couldn't seem to agree, so being the social scientist geeks that we are, we decided to take it upon ourselves.
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