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September 19, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mark Davidson did a bit of everything during his outdoor concert Sunday at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center. The pianist-composer-arranger presented jazz, blues, New Age, country and bluegrass during two hours of music. And surprisingly, it all went together as naturally as a pickup truck and a country road. Davidson's infrequent performances give glimpses into his personality while reflecting his wide tastes and an unbridled sense of composition.
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June 11, 1999 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sometimes a label like "jazz guitarist" doesn't tell the whole story. When Portland-based guitarist John Stowell played Restaurant Kikuya in Huntington Beach on Wednesday with bassist Luther Hughes and drummer Paul Kreibich, he transcended that job description with classical execution, involved harmonics and an alternative read on lyricism. The tunes, standards familiar to the crowd, came from a somewhat different place than the jazz lineage that produced Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery.
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November 28, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Where can you bounce between rooms filled with the sounds of big band and country, swingin' jazz and chamber music, a steel drum ensemble and a Dixieland band? At Bash '98, the Orange County Musicians' Assn. festival, that's where. This 27th annual fund-raiser, benefiting the organization's emergency relief fund and scholarship programs, will be held Sunday at the Doubletree Hotel Orange County Airport. There, 389 musicians will play on six different bandstands.
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October 9, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Don Rader can blame it all on be-bop. The colorful, complex yet very lyrical style of jazz that originated in the '40s with saxman Charlie Parker, pianist Bud Powell and trumpeters Fats Navarro and Dizzy Gillespie has been responsible for inspiring countless musicians. Rader is among those who'll tell you that "be-bop was, and is, my roots."
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December 29, 1995
In chronological order: * James Williams, Spaghettini, Seal Beach, Jan. 17. The respected pianist overcame an unruly crowd with an intelligent set that moved through a variety of moods and tempos. * Gary Foster with Doug MacDonald Trio, Kikuya, Huntington Beach, Feb. 4. The saxophonist played bop and its offspring styles with an impressive, natural flow that highlighted his free-floating, Lennie Tristano-inspired improvisational style.
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June 23, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What could be more appropriate than a Father's Day appearance from George Van Eps? After all, the 84-year-old guitarist, veteran of the Benny Goodman orchestra and the Hollywood studio scene, is considered the father of the seven-string guitar. Musicians from seven-string mainstream master Ron Eschete to youthful grunge-jazz bandleader Charlie Hunter (who plays an eight-string) often cite the well-traveled Van Eps as an important influence.
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