September 14, 1986
McKenna's poisonous attack on Tina Turner really makes me wonder what the role of critics is in the first place. Is it to give a supposedly informed evaluation of artists' work? Or is it to level bloodthirsty attacks that readers can enjoy chuckling over with their friends? Describing Turner's passionate, even heart-breaking vocal on "We Don't Need Another Hero" as "biliously" whatever (I can't stand to look again) and comparing her unfavorably with Nina Simone and Etta James because they haven't had recent hits is despicable.
February 15, 1986 |
Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone and Miles Davis will be among the headliners at the eighth-annual Playboy Jazz Festival at Hollywood Bowl, producer George Wein announced Thursday. This year's lineup is unusually heavy in first appearances. On opening day, June 14 (a Saturday), only Miles Davis, Mel Torme and Art Blakey will be previous participants.
September 3, 2006
Tuesday is Be Late for Something Day. This is one of our favorites. We like it so much we are accused of observing it a little too often. Richard Keane, an expert in punctuality after 35 years in sales at Feldmar Watch Co. on Pico Boulevard, says there is one sure way to celebrate: "Be late to your own funeral."
June 13, 1986
Here is the order of apperance for the acts at the Playboy Jazz Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The lineup is subject to change. Saturday, 2:30 to 11 p.m.: Cal State Long Beach Jazz Band; Newport All-Stars with George Wein, Slam Stewart and others; Rare Silk; Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers; George Howard; Yellowjackets; Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass; Mel Torme; Miles Davis; Andrae Crouch. Sunday, 2 p.m. 10:30 p.m.: Hennessy Jazz Search winner; L.A.
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December 29, 2006 |
Pierre Delanoe, 88, who wrote the lyrics for more than 5,000 songs for French artists from Edith Piaf to Johnny Hallyday, died Wednesday of heart failure, the French federation of authors, composers and publishers said. He was known for writing some of France's best-loved tunes, many with singer-songwriter Gilbert Becaud.
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April 7, 2006 |
Don Alias, 66, a leading percussionist who was a highly sought-after sideman for an array of A-list jazz and pop music figures, died March 28 at his home in New York City. The cause of death was under investigation. In a six-decade career, Alias worked with performers such as Eartha Kitt, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Roberta Flack and Nina Simone. He worked with Davis on the great trumpeter's "Bitches Brew" and the "On The Corner" recordings.
November 14, 2010 |
A change wasn't going to come. By 2005, Aloe Blacc's decade in hip-hop had begun to yield diminishing returns. Though the Orange County-raised rapper had earned underground respect, the genre increasingly favored flamboyant eccentrics like Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Avenues for expansion were scarce ? especially for a USC graduate whose press biography touts a love of transcendentalism and French existentialism. "I grew up break dancing and rapping, but hip-hop no longer spoke to me the way it had when I was younger.
April 3, 2011 |
The most poignant moment of Celine Dion's new show, to many in the audience, almost didn't happen — and was a tortuous 15 years in the making. The production, which recently launched a three-year run in Las Vegas, contains a number of revealing moments that Dion said would have left her feeling exposed in past years. Chief among them is a French dirge called "Ne Me Quitte Pas," a song so laden with sadness — and so revered — that she was long convinced that she couldn't pull it off. Written by the late Belgian Jacques Brel, the song translates loosely to "Don't Leave Me," and is sung from the perspective of a man who realizes, too late, that he is losing the love of his life.