September 2, 2007 |
For all those jazz fans who've participated in their own manner of improvisation (foam cushions, Zen stillness) at the Jazz Bakery, this news is big: Just last week, the venue debuted its padded fabric chairs. Gone are the plastic patio chairs that have become synonymous with (and, for some, a caveat to) the Jazz Bakery experience. Well, they're not entirely gone just yet. If you're in a sentimental mood, proprietor Ruth Price says she's giving away "the historically imbued" seats.
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November 25, 1992 |
A mechanic from Ventura who already had two drunk-driving convictions has received a 10-year prison term for a drunk-driving accident in Kern County that killed a Van Nuys woman. Kern County Superior Court Judge Roger D. Randall on Monday sentenced William Carl Brussow, 36, who had pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicular manslaughter while driving drunk. Brussow was charged with causing a two-car crash on California 99 near Bakersfield on Aug.
November 30, 1992 |
Jimmy Rowles the pianist has long been a respected name in music. Jimmy Rowles the composer and lyricist is relatively unfamiliar; thus the tribute offered to him Friday at the Jazz Bakery came as a splendidly revelatory evening.
December 4, 2003
Thank you for Lynell George's prominent coverage of Catalina Bar & Grill's move to its new location ("Catalina's in the Mood to Move," Nov. 27). Catalina Popescu deserves this recognition for her tenacious and caring promotion of live jazz, a music category that needs all the help it can get. The comments of Ruth Price, president of the nonprofit Jazz Bakery in Culver City, about the lack of jazz club patronage are right on the money. It is a "huge gamble." (As a member of Price's board of directors, I can testify to the constant struggle to keep a jazz club operating.
May 24, 1990 |
Rolf Ericson, one of the all-time, all-encompassing masters of jazz trumpet, has given up his world travels and settled in Los Angeles, where he played a break-in date Tuesday at the Biltmore's Grand Avenue Bar. The Stockholm-born veteran, who has enjoyed long residences in Scandinavia and Germany, apologized for his accent.
August 7, 1987 |
Joanie Somers has spent more than 20 years singing jazz in nightclubs across the country. She frequently headlines in glittery resorts like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. But most people remember her solely for "Johnny Get Angry," the novelty pop hit that launched her singing career in 1963. In the 1950s, Clora Bryant's improvisational skills, both vocally and on the trumpet, played a significant role in the development of be-bop.
October 7, 1991 |
It was a definite "A" list night Saturday at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City. Songwriter Alan Bergman's entertaining stroll through a colorful garden of And-Then-I-Wrote reminiscences drew everyone from director Sydney Pollack to musician Dave Grusin and TV writer-producer Gary David Goldberg. The celebrity turnout was not accidental.
June 16, 2005
I have great sympathy for Lynell George's jazz in L.A. cover story, "Off the Radar but Still Flying" (June 9). I have walked that walk, talked that talk, rather naively, for the better part of my life. I too have stood behind the counter at the Jazz Bakery with Ruth Price and sweated out an opening-night headliner selling less than a dozen tickets in a house that seats 200. I've been backstage at any number of clubs and venues and watched the owners struggle to meet the bills. Is jazz dead in L.A.?
December 16, 1991 |
It takes one to know one. Ruth Price, who books the talent at the Jazz Bakery and who is no vocal slouch herself, had the bright idea of hiring Janis Siegel to make a solo appearance Friday and Saturday, backed by pianist Fred Hersch. When not busy with Manhattan Transfer, Siegel works now and then in tandem with Hersch (they made an album in 1989). What lends special luster to their collaboration is that they avoid treading the well-worn path of tired and predictable standard songs.