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October 5, 2006 | Josef Woodard, Special to The Times
NORMALLY, when Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman appear on the same bill, they are working under the umbrella identity of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the legendary, category-smashing group formed in 1969. But when the veteran saxophonists (and multi-instrumentalists) appear in a rare double-bill at the Ford Amphitheatre on Sunday, part of the experimental "sound." concert series, they'll leave the ensemble at home and play in solo and duet formats, mixing structured and purely improvised music.
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July 12, 2012
JAZZ One of the top groups to watch in L.A.'s fertile young jazz scene, the Cal Arts-educated quartet Slumgum showed a sharp, adventurous hand with avant-garde structures on its debut album "Quardboard Flavored Fiber. " This show celebrating the band's new album, "The Sky His Own," should continue the group's promising run aided by an appearance from Hugh Ragin, a veteran trumpeter who has also performed with David Murray and Roscoe Mitchell. The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E. S Onizuka St. Suite 301, L.A. 9 p.m. Sat. $10. http://www.bluewhalemusic.com . (Also at LACMA at 6 p.m. on Friday.)
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2012
JAZZ One of the top groups to watch in L.A.'s fertile young jazz scene, the Cal Arts-educated quartet Slumgum showed a sharp, adventurous hand with avant-garde structures on its debut album "Quardboard Flavored Fiber. " This show celebrating the band's new album, "The Sky His Own," should continue the group's promising run aided by an appearance from Hugh Ragin, a veteran trumpeter who has also performed with David Murray and Roscoe Mitchell. The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E. S Onizuka St. Suite 301, L.A. 9 p.m. Sat. $10. http://www.bluewhalemusic.com . (Also at LACMA at 6 p.m. on Friday.)
NEWS
October 5, 2006 | Josef Woodard, Special to The Times
NORMALLY, when Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman appear on the same bill, they are working under the umbrella identity of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the legendary, category-smashing group formed in 1969. But when the veteran saxophonists (and multi-instrumentalists) appear in a rare double-bill at the Ford Amphitheatre on Sunday, part of the experimental "sound." concert series, they'll leave the ensemble at home and play in solo and duet formats, mixing structured and purely improvised music.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 1993 | DON HECKMAN
The six-piece ensemble that Roscoe Mitchell brought to the CalArts Modular Theatre on Friday was called the Note Factory. It's hard to imagine a more accurate label. Saxophonist-composer Mitchell led the group through seven works in which the players rigorously labored at the production of their instruments' total sonic potential.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 1999 | BILL KOHLHAASE
Art Ensemble of Chicago saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell has cut a number of fine albums under his own name in the last three decades, notably the standout solo-duo-combo date "Nonaah" and the free-for-all "Snurdy McGurdy and Her Dancin' Shoes" (both on Nessa).
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE
Over some three decades, the Art Ensemble of Chicago--saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman, trumpeter Lester Bowie, bassist Malachi Favors and percussionist Don Moye--has created the perfect blend of individual voice and collective interplay. Operating under the banner of "Great Black Music, From the Ancient to the Future," the ensemble has ranged over time and space, bringing avant-garde sensibilities and a rich percussive mix to early hot-jazz, hard bop, funk and reggae.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE
Summer is the season of the saxophone, a time when tenors, altos, sopranos and baritones recall the same hot and sultry images as the weather. It's hottest in the clubs. There, in Hollywood, you'll find sax legend Joe Henderson, June 2-7, and modern tenor man Michael Brecker, June 16-18, at Catalina Bar & Grill. But outdoors is cool, too. San Francisco-based, multi-sax-threat Peter Apfelbaum plays the UCLA JazzReggae Fest on Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1993
CalArts will kick off its observance of Black History Month with a performance by African dancers and musicians at noon Feb. 2. Featured will be the Zadonu Music and Dance Co., James Makubuya Ensember and the Djimbe West African Drummers and Dancers. Also scheduled are poetry and jazz featuring Watts poets Kamau Daa'ood, John Priestly and Ojenke Mapenzi and Nedra Wheeler, jazz bassist, at noon Feb. 3; a concert by Black/Note and Albert (Tootie) Heath and Friends, noon Feb.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 1999 | BILL KOHLHAASE
Art Ensemble of Chicago saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell has cut a number of fine albums under his own name in the last three decades, notably the standout solo-duo-combo date "Nonaah" and the free-for-all "Snurdy McGurdy and Her Dancin' Shoes" (both on Nessa).
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 1993 | DON HECKMAN
The six-piece ensemble that Roscoe Mitchell brought to the CalArts Modular Theatre on Friday was called the Note Factory. It's hard to imagine a more accurate label. Saxophonist-composer Mitchell led the group through seven works in which the players rigorously labored at the production of their instruments' total sonic potential.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 1993 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Halfway through its April agenda, the CalArts Spring Festival sent nearly 60 musicians from Valencia all the way downtown for a showcase program at the Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo. The trip to the Green Umbrella Series--sponsored by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn., uncredited in the printed program--was successful in that it served as a reminder that the next generation of new-music players stands always in the wings of the present generation.
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February 11, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Malachi Favors, a jazz bassist known for his long association with the avant-garde Art Ensemble of Chicago, died Jan. 30 in Chicago of pancreatic cancer, relatives told the Associated Press. He was 76. The Art Ensemble of Chicago's performances were a mixture of music, theatricality and humor that combined traditional elements of jazz and blues, West African music, chanting, ritual, abstract sounds and, often, silence.
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