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January 24, 2013 | By Chris Barton
SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles, did you hear that? Given the laws of physics and the roughly 400-odd miles of distance, it's unlikely this week's opening of the $63-million SFJAZZ Center could be heard on the opposite end of the state (apart from its live video stream on NPR's website). But after opening its doors to the public on Monday, the center rumbled to life Wednesday with an all-star concert that featured practically a who's who of the music -- Chick Corea, Jason Moran, Esperanza Spalding, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson and even Bill Cosby, who it's tempting to say was acting on loan from our city given his recently finished run as host of the Playboy Jazz Festival.
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September 12, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Any discussion of the L.A. jazz landscape for the fall begins with the Angel City Jazz Festival. A cross-pollinated cornucopia of forward-thinking presented by Angel City Arts, the Jazz Bakery and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, the sixth-annual festival again presents a compelling snapshot of jazz in 2013 that makes as much time for honoring the genre's firmament as its vanguard. Under the theme "Metamorphosis," this year's festival could again be considered a one-stop shop for a solid season of jazz offerings.
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September 18, 2012 | By Chris Barton
We may not have been able to hear the jackhammers from this far away, but jazz watchers in L.A. and beyond have been keeping an eye on the SFJAZZ Center as it continues making progress toward a planned opening on Martin Luther King Jr. Day next year. And now, with the recent announcement of the ambitious, multimillion-dollar center's debut season and opening-night plans, music fans are left with one exciting reality: The center is not only right on schedule but also shaping up to be a real West Coast landmark for jazz.
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May 14, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Los Angeles can be tough on newcomers, particularly among musicians. A key figure in the fertile Chicago jazz scene and member of the groundbreaking indie band Tortoise, guitarist Jeff Parker is midway through a relocation to L.A. that has found him straddling two cities during the last few months. Though Parker never wanted for gigs in a city that found him collaborating with musicians who included the late saxophonist Fred Anderson, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and flutist Nicole Mitchell, Los Angeles has proved to be a bit of a challenge so far. "There's so many great musicians out here, man....
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January 26, 2013 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Franklin Street skirts the edge of a trendy neighborhood known as Hayes Valley, where Herman Leonard's oversize photographs of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Art Blakey look down from the windows of an old brick building onto jazz's newest temple. After 10 years of planning and a $64-million fundraising effort, the SFJAZZ Center opened this week - and immediately staked its claim as the West Coast's most significant hub for America's original art form. Blocks from Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House, the two-story SFJAZZ Center doesn't fit the imposing visual profile of the rest of the dwellers of the city's cultural corridor.
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June 12, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Los Angeles-area jazz fans looking for a reason to escape our hottest months will have ample reasons to trek north on the Golden State Freeway beginning in August with the recently announced lineup of the 30th San Francisco Jazz Festival. Less of a traditional festival than it is the fall-to-winter programming season for SFJAZZ, the city's year-round jazz presenting organization, the festival is the last before the much-anticipated opening of the multimillion-dollar SFJAZZ Center, which is scheduled to open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2013.
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January 5, 2013 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - "This is one of my favorite rooms," said SFJAZZ founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline, smiling as he stepped over exposed pipes and dusty planks in the SFJAZZ Center. "Then again, they're all my favorite rooms," he added. You'll forgive Kline for sounding a bit excited. This month, construction on the $63-million SFJAZZ Center will finish with a grand opening scheduled for Jan.21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Two days later, a roster of opening-night performers that includes McCoy Tyner, Joshua Redman, Chick Corea and Esperanza Spalding (with Bill Cosby as master of ceremonies)
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May 14, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Los Angeles can be tough on newcomers, particularly among musicians. A key figure in the fertile Chicago jazz scene and member of the groundbreaking indie band Tortoise, guitarist Jeff Parker is midway through a relocation to L.A. that has found him straddling two cities during the last few months. Though Parker never wanted for gigs in a city that found him collaborating with musicians who included the late saxophonist Fred Anderson, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and flutist Nicole Mitchell, Los Angeles has proved to be a bit of a challenge so far. "There's so many great musicians out here, man....
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February 10, 2013 | By Chris Barton
With Los Angeles steadily filling with music royalty for this weekend's Grammy Awards and the many parties and performances in its orbit, Wayne Shorter led a show that served as a celebration of its own at Disney Hall on Saturday night. Featuring the same quartet behind Shorter's justly lauded new live album "Without a Net" (his first recording for Blue Note Records in 43 years), the show partly felt like a curtain call for a man who's become the biggest story in jazz this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Any discussion of the L.A. jazz landscape for the fall begins with the Angel City Jazz Festival. A cross-pollinated cornucopia of forward-thinking presented by Angel City Arts, the Jazz Bakery and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, the sixth-annual festival again presents a compelling snapshot of jazz in 2013 that makes as much time for honoring the genre's firmament as its vanguard. Under the theme "Metamorphosis," this year's festival could again be considered a one-stop shop for a solid season of jazz offerings.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2013 | By Chris Barton
With Los Angeles steadily filling with music royalty for this weekend's Grammy Awards and the many parties and performances in its orbit, Wayne Shorter led a show that served as a celebration of its own at Disney Hall on Saturday night. Featuring the same quartet behind Shorter's justly lauded new live album "Without a Net" (his first recording for Blue Note Records in 43 years), the show partly felt like a curtain call for a man who's become the biggest story in jazz this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2013 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Franklin Street skirts the edge of a trendy neighborhood known as Hayes Valley, where Herman Leonard's oversize photographs of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Art Blakey look down from the windows of an old brick building onto jazz's newest temple. After 10 years of planning and a $64-million fundraising effort, the SFJAZZ Center opened this week - and immediately staked its claim as the West Coast's most significant hub for America's original art form. Blocks from Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House, the two-story SFJAZZ Center doesn't fit the imposing visual profile of the rest of the dwellers of the city's cultural corridor.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Chris Barton
SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles, did you hear that? Given the laws of physics and the roughly 400-odd miles of distance, it's unlikely this week's opening of the $63-million SFJAZZ Center could be heard on the opposite end of the state (apart from its live video stream on NPR's website). But after opening its doors to the public on Monday, the center rumbled to life Wednesday with an all-star concert that featured practically a who's who of the music -- Chick Corea, Jason Moran, Esperanza Spalding, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson and even Bill Cosby, who it's tempting to say was acting on loan from our city given his recently finished run as host of the Playboy Jazz Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2013 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - "This is one of my favorite rooms," said SFJAZZ founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline, smiling as he stepped over exposed pipes and dusty planks in the SFJAZZ Center. "Then again, they're all my favorite rooms," he added. You'll forgive Kline for sounding a bit excited. This month, construction on the $63-million SFJAZZ Center will finish with a grand opening scheduled for Jan.21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Two days later, a roster of opening-night performers that includes McCoy Tyner, Joshua Redman, Chick Corea and Esperanza Spalding (with Bill Cosby as master of ceremonies)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2012 | By Chris Barton
We may not have been able to hear the jackhammers from this far away, but jazz watchers in L.A. and beyond have been keeping an eye on the SFJAZZ Center as it continues making progress toward a planned opening on Martin Luther King Jr. Day next year. And now, with the recent announcement of the ambitious, multimillion-dollar center's debut season and opening-night plans, music fans are left with one exciting reality: The center is not only right on schedule but also shaping up to be a real West Coast landmark for jazz.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Los Angeles-area jazz fans looking for a reason to escape our hottest months will have ample reasons to trek north on the Golden State Freeway beginning in August with the recently announced lineup of the 30th San Francisco Jazz Festival. Less of a traditional festival than it is the fall-to-winter programming season for SFJAZZ, the city's year-round jazz presenting organization, the festival is the last before the much-anticipated opening of the multimillion-dollar SFJAZZ Center, which is scheduled to open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2013.
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April 11, 2013
Whether leading the various incarnations of fusion innovators Return to Forever or continuing to explore duets with Gary Burton, this jazz piano great has hardly slowed down. Fresh off another pair of Grammy wins and helping open the new SFJAZZ Center earlier this year, Chick Corea's restless musical muse finds him exploring the trio form backed by Return to Forever bassist Stanley Clarke and Clarke's longtime drummer, Ronald Bruner Jr. Catalina Jazz Club, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. Thu.-Sat.
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