December 15, 1986 |
At best, things were a bit difficult to figure out Friday evening at the Wiltern Theater as "Jazzvisions," a jazz video series by Jack Lewis and Lorimar-Telepictures, concluded taping with a program promising the "Jazz Souls" of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" and the Roaring '20s as conceived by arranger Bill Potts. Featuring a 21-man all-star band conducted by composer Johnny Mandel, the program provided plenty of "Porgy and Bess" and nothing of the Roaring '20s.
September 21, 1987 |
Call it an urban prejudice, but it's difficult to imagine a rural town, replete with roadside signs touting its local honey, being even hospitable to jazz and its proponents. Yet nestled in the picturesque setting of the Ojai Valley, the folks at the 12th annual "Jazz at Ojai" festival Saturday were not only hospitable, but were warmly enthusiastic as well.
May 3, 1992 |
The two fine mainstream sax men--both Los Angeles-area residents--are spotlighted here in a program recorded live in 1990 at a Portland, Ore., club. The date, which sports pianist Mike Wofford, bassist Chuck Berghofer and drummer Donald Bailey, sparkles with the spontaneity of unrehearsed, jam-session-style jazz. Both players have sumptuous sounds--Cooper's could be called elegant and is more weighty, while Christlieb's gleams like a shining golden ball held to the light.
March 11, 1995 |
"Bringing two jazz families together" is the way producer Betty Berry describes this weekend's International Jazz Party at the Westside Room of the Century Plaza Hotel. Among the Los Angeles jazz artists appearing will be saxophonists Ricky Woodard and Pete Christlieb, trumpeter Snooky Young, trombonist Carl Fontana and singer Sue Raney and the Bill Berry L.A. Band. Also performing, and occasionally working with the L.A. players, will be Japanese clarinetist Eiji Kitamura and his quintet.
October 17, 1993 |
* * * ANITA O'DAY "Rules of the Road" Pablo After many years confined mainly to small-group sessions on independent labels, O'Day returns to the major leagues on a big-band date with arranger Buddy Bragman, who worked with her in the 1950s and here leads what is in fact Jack Sheldon's L.A. orchestra.
November 28, 1991 |
There's never much doubt about what to expect in a performance by Louis Bellson's big band. The veteran drummer's ensembles are classic examples of hard-swinging, rich-textured, brass-and percussion-driven, larger-than-life jazz. Bellson brought his 17-piece congregation to Catalina Bar & Grill on Tuesday for a too-brief, two-night run.