September 7, 2001 |
New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles are the centers of the jazz universe. But Orange County has its own galaxy of local jazz stars. They will shine when the city of Brea presents the Brea Jazz Festival today through Sept. 29th. Free performances are scheduled in the city's downtown for Friday and Saturday nights and Wednesday lunchtimes. Sponsored by the Brea Community Hospital and jazz radio KLON-FM (88.1), the groups--assembled by the Orange County Musicians Assn.
December 20, 1990 |
Add voice to an instrumental combo and things can suddenly change. The brass immediately become hushed, accompaniment becomes more predictable and the drummer reaches for the brushes. A certain tentativeness permeates the proceedings. But it doesn't have to be that way, as Orange County-based keyboardist Peggy Duquesnel's quartet and singer Julie Kelly proved during the first set Tuesday at Cafe Lido.
October 16, 1991 |
There's no doubt that guitarist Dave Murdy's first recording, "That Goes to Show Ya!," is a straight-ahead jazz session, just what the record company asked of him. But within that context, Murdy presents a variety of styles, including blues, boogie, bop and bossa nova, not to mention his own compositions, which have a decidedly contemporary feel. "Yeah, all those things fit into the mainstream thing real well," Murdy said last weekend in a phone conversation from his home in Yorba Linda.
May 5, 1999
Music * The Pacific Symphony plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 (with soloist Panayis Lyras), Mozart's Symphony No. 35 "Haffner" and Richard Strauss' "Death and Transfiguration" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 8 tonight. $10-$48. Also Thursday. (714) 755-5799. * Violinist Ernest Salem and pianist Cynthia Williams play music by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Respighi at the Cal State Fullerton Little Theatre, 800 N. State College Blvd.
August 24, 1991 |
There was a late arrival to Dr. Art Davis' appearance at El Matador on Thursday. No, it wasn't the bassist or any other member of his trio; the missing component was Davis' amplifier. As unusual as it was to hear an upright bassist perform at a venue where electric bass is the instrument of choice, it was even more unlikely that Davis would lead his combo during its first set without amplification for his acoustic bass. Not many would be able to pull it off. But Davis did.
May 9, 1991 |
It isn't easy for singers to put their mark on familiar songs and make them their own. But that's exactly what Yve Evans did at Tuesday's first set at the Cafe Lido. During a performance of a half-dozen jazz and pop standards, Evans applied a clear, supple tone and a clever sense of phrasing to put her brand on such overdone numbers as "When I Fall in Love" and "Satin Doll."