November 8, 1994 |
Gene Harris doesn't like to stray far from home. That's not to say the renowned keyboardist and confirmed homebody doesn't travel the world with his quartet, big band or as a soloist. But when he performs, Harris is most at home with the blues. And no matter how somber the ballad, how upbeat the be-bop tune or how infectious the pop ditty he's playing, Harris stays close to home, injecting the blues into everything he presents. So it was no surprise Sunday afternoon at the Robert B.
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.
June 23, 1998 |
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.