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June 10, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The remarkable success stories generated by Diana Krall, Jane Monheit and Norah Jones, among others, have driven record companies to spread widening nets in search of young female jazz singers with similar breakout possibilities. Aside from the instant impact of Jones--whose first album (despite its presence on the Blue Note jazz label) had a distinctly country quality--the initial results of the quests have been uncertain, at best.
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June 10, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The remarkable success stories generated by Diana Krall, Jane Monheit and Norah Jones, among others, have driven record companies to spread widening nets in search of young female jazz singers with similar breakout possibilities. Aside from the instant impact of Jones--whose first album (despite its presence on the Blue Note jazz label) had a distinctly country quality--the initial results of the quests have been uncertain, at best.
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May 25, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's not a tune that is included in Ronnie Laws' many hits, but his performance Monday at Playboy Jazz in Central Park in Pasadena will be very much a family affair. Joining Laws in the front line will be his son, tenor saxophonist Jaron Laws, and the vocal chores will be handled by his sisters, Eloise and Debra, and his daughter, Michelle. "It's going to be great," says Laws. "We have so much fun when we get together like this."
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September 29, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jazz at Drew, next weekend at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, has neither the budget, the promotion, the venue nor the attendance of the Playboy Jazz Festival. But a quick look at the lineup reveals a schedule of programming that can easily serve as an early autumn counter to spring's Playboy event. Who's on tap?
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