July 19, 1991 |
It's Jazz at the Bowl time again, and to a great extent that phrase has become synonymous with Mel Torme. On Wednesday evening, the jazz world's pre-eminent singer-composer-drummer made his 15th consecutive summer appearance at the Hollywood Bowl.
September 8, 1995 |
When describing his own career, trumpeter Maynard Ferguson likes to cite the famous Duke Ellington quote: "The orchestra is my instrument." Though many might argue with him--after all, Ferguson is probably best known for his soaring trumpet tones and an ability to hit, and hold, sky-high notes--Ferguson is one musician who practically began his career leading a band. As a teen-ager growing up in Montreal in the 1940s, he led a group that opened for all the American big bands that came through.
December 21, 1997 |
A "soft year" is the way 1997 is being described by people around the record business. And when it's soft for mega-selling pop music, it's soft for smaller categories such as jazz and classical music.