January 23, 1991 |
Rapper M. C. Hammer and vocal group En Vogue today became the first recording artists to take five Soul Train Music Awards nominations. Hammer's top-selling rap album, "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em," was nominated for male R&B/urban contemporary album of the year and best rap album. His single "U Can't Touch This" was among the nominees in three categories: best male R&B/urban contemporary single, R&B/urban contemporary song of the year and best R&B/urban contemporary music video.
May 13, 1996 |
"Divas: Simply Singing!," the sixth annual showcase of divadom at the Wilshire-Ebell Theatre on Saturday night, was, once again, a well-paced, professional production bursting with talent. It's a mystery why this event--so much more entertaining than any number of television variety shows--hasn't made it to the tube. The concert's producer, singer-actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, was, appropriately, the concert's centerpiece.
May 17, 1999 |
Saturday's opening installment of the Newport Beach Jazz Festival served to prove just how blurred the designation of "smooth jazz" has become. This sixth annual celebration of the music variously dubbed adult-contemporary or smooth jazz, held on the grounds of the Hyatt Newporter hotel, featured a diverse lineup that included a slick trumpeter, a churchgoing vocalist, a flamenco-styled guitarist and a raunchy, R&B saxophonist.
June 12, 1998
Patti LuPone, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Milton Berle, Mary Black, Tango Buenos Aires and Bill Cosby top the 1998-99 season at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Singer-entertainer Harry Belafonte will open the season with performances Aug. 21-22. Other highlights: * Flutist James Galway, with a "Bach Sonata Tour" (Oct. 1). * Shirley Bassey and orchestra (Oct. 16-17). * The National Acrobats of China (Nov. 12-15).
September 24, 1989 |
The teeth are back . But the techno-pop programming isn't. Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, the ivory-flashing English duo that managed to sell 4 million Stateside copies of its second album, is back four long years later with an ambitious third effort that eschews rampant technology for "organic" band playing. There's even a credit to their new American female vocalist and pianist, Oleta Adams, "for authenticating our soul." Uh-oh!
July 15, 2005 |
Jazz, the movies and the Gershwins -- what a great musical trifecta. It lasted only a few years, but while it did, George and Ira's production of songs for such films as "Shall We Dance," "Girl Crazy," "Broadway Rhythm" and "Ziegfeld Follies" produced a body of material that would become significant entries in the jazz repertoire.
November 8, 1993 |
Imagine Whitney Houston with warmth or Mariah Carey with charisma. For the uninitiated, that's some idea of what singer Oleta Adams is like. But she's no slinky young glamor queen. The "thirtysomething" performer is a hard-nosed, late-blooming veteran who was discovered a few years ago in the trenches of the Midwest piano-bar circuit. Headlining the sold-out Strand in Redondo Beach on Friday, Adams was mesmerizing most of the time, crooning pop-soul in a way that you seldom hear it.