August 31, 1995 |
Vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, who plays a very visible role at the West Coast Jazz Party this holiday weekend, thinks he's discovered a winning similarity among those groups and individuals scheduled to play. "They all play toe-tappin' music," he explains in a phone call from Los Angeles. "Anybody who likes good, swingin' jazz is not going to be disappointed. It's not going to be like some of those festivals where you have one real jazz band followed by some fusion band or something like that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1999
More than 300 musicians will perform on five stages in Bash '99, the 29th annual festival sponsored by the Orange County Musicians Union Local 7 of the American Federation of Musicians. The event will be held from noon to 10 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the DoubleTree Hotel Orange County Airport, 3050 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa. Proceeds will go to the B. Douglas Sawtelle Music Scholarship Fund and the Musicians' Emergency Relief Fund. Tickets: $27, in advance; $30, at the door. (714) 546-8166.
September 19, 1995 |
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.
June 11, 1999 |
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.
November 28, 1998 |
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.
October 9, 1992 |
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."