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.
October 11, 1993 |
Alto saxophonist Lanny Morgan made an impression even before his first set at Vinnie's Ristorante began. With just a few warm-up lines while he waited for his band mates to settle in, Morgan demonstrated a firm, commanding tone and an agile way of working through long, complex phrases that were impressive despite the lack of context.
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."
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.