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December 22, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
Singer Brian McKnight has been named to replace saxophonist Dave Koz as co-host of the morning show at KTWV-FM (94.7), the smooth jazz station better known as the Wave. Koz, who has helmed the show with Pat Prescott for the past six years, said he is leaving to undertake a world tour pegged to a new CD coming out at the end of January. In a statement posted on KTWV's website, he said he will continue to host a Saturday morning show for the station and will fill in when McKnight is on vacation.
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May 17, 2012
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September 16, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the first time since KKGO-FM dropped jazz and turned to a classical format two years ago, the Orange County-Los Angeles area has a commercial jazz station. Calling itself "Jazz FM 103.1," KBJZ (in Newport Beach) and KAJZ (in Santa Monica) hit the airwaves last week, offering what program director Lawrence Tanter describes as a "smooth jazz" format.
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July 17, 2011 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
Living in Los Angeles, one of the early joys of summer is running down the schedule at the Hollywood Bowl. Probably the most famed venue on the West Coast, the Bowl's sprawling, woodsy confines and nearly 18,000-person capacity can transform mere concerts into events and bleacher-mates into neighbors during performances that can feel like a summer block party in a city that has its share of challenges in fostering a consistent feeling of community....
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October 16, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Thirty years after George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh, the smooth jazz genre produced its own similarly impressive benefit performance Sunday. "A Wave of Peace--the Unity Concert" at the Forum was a large-scale, all-star event, a program that somehow managed to include almost every major name in the field. The concert, produced by smooth jazz station KTWV-FM (94.
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August 4, 1997 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
No radio station has so defined a style of music as has KTWV-FM (94.7) "The Wave." The station, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with a concert Saturday at the L.A. Tennis Center on the UCLA campus, literally created the easy-listening radio format of soft jazz and pop ballads that has become known as New Adult Contemporary.
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February 1, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jeff Lorber would probably be the last person to want to take responsibility for today's smooth jazz format. But the fact is that the first albums by his Jeff Lorber Fusion group, which included a saxophonist then known as Kenny Gorelick (and now known as Kenny G), virtually established the template for a generation of instrumental pop artists.
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December 9, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Keiko Matsui does not exactly play the kind of music one ordinarily expects to hear at Catalina Bar & Grill. The Japanese-born keyboardist's carefully crafted recordings have been Top 10 performers on the smooth jazz charts for a decade--strikingly different from the mainstream jazz sounds that are staple items on the Catalina music menu. Tuesday, in the opening set of a six-night run, it was clear--even before the band came on stage--that something unusual was about to take place.
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August 23, 2007 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Jon Lucien, a singer who used his rich, expressive baritone to pioneer smooth jazz years before it was fashionable to do so, died Saturday at a hospital in Orlando, Fla. He was 65. Lucien died of respiratory failure and complications from kidney surgery, according to his wife, Delesa. He had undergone a kidney transplant two years ago, she said. With his blend of Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms and a suave style, Lucien emerged on the music scene in the early 1970s with a recording contract for RCA. But although his early albums drew devoted fans, the records never sold in large numbers.
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February 21, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Starlight Jazz Serenade" returned to the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood on Tuesday night, the second annual event celebrating Hands for Hope's efforts to provide academic, cultural and social enrichment for children in the area. Once again, it drew a large crowd to hear a program packed with performances by some of the stellar acts in the smooth-jazz universe. As in last year's presentation, saxophonists were prominent.
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October 11, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
La Quinta Resort & Club near Palm Springs dials it down a notch for fall with a series of smooth-jazz concerts on the hotel’s main lawn. You can buy individual tickets to see performers such as Marc Antoine and Paul Brown or spring for a weekend package that adds a room and breakfast. The deal : The Grooves in the Grove jazz package requires a two-night stay and includes two tickets to a concert and daily breakfast for two. Concerts feature different performers each Friday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Rooms start at $249 per night, plus tax and resort fee. When : The offer is good until the last concert Nov. 26. Tested : I checked online and found a room at the $249 rate with a garden view and king-sized bed. That price doesn’t include tax or the $27-per-night resort fee that covers Wi-Fi, parking, some phone charges and access to the fitness center.
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July 15, 2010 | By Katherine Tulich, Special to the Los Angeles Times
While summer in Newport Beach brings to mind crashing waves at the Wedge or sailboats dotting the waters around Balboa Island, for music lovers it's also a time to catch some of the country's best-loved jazz performers in two summer jazz series. From new jazz to smooth jazz, from big band to traditional, the weekly concerts feature artists in a lush and intimate outdoor setting. As the longest-running jazz series in Southern California, the Newport Beach Summer Jazz Series at the Hyatt Regency has again attracted a stellar lineup of artists on Friday nights in the hotel's outdoor amphitheater, including returning regular saxophonist David Sanborn, popular song stylists Steve Tyrell and Bobby Caldwell, as well as hot up-and-coming performers like vocalist Spencer Day. The landscaped Regency grounds, with views of Newport's Back Bay, provide an ideal setting, according to producer and promoter Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald.
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May 30, 2010
June 4 Azar Lawrence Quartet : The tenor saxophonist who was 21 when he performed on the Miles Davis live album "Dark Magus" performs from his latest release "Mystic Journey." Vibrato, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air. 9 p.m. (310) 474-9400. June 7 Leszek Mozdzer : Part of the still-itinerant Jazz Bakery's "Moveable Feast" series, the pianist is a leading light in Polish contemporary jazz. Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. 7:30 and 9 p.m. $25. http://www.
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March 25, 2010 | By Steve Carney
The shortest month of the year was kind to the stations with -- at least traditionally -- the shortest playlists, as Top 40 outlet KIIS-FM (102.7) extended its lead in the local radio ratings while rival pop station KAMP-FM (97.1) jumped from 10th place to fifth, according to February figures released Wednesday by the Arbitron ratings service. With more than 3.9 million people tuning in for at least five minutes every week, KIIS snagged the top spot, averaging a 5.6% share of the Los Angeles-Orange County audience in the survey of listeners ages 6 and older from Feb. 4 to March 3. That was up from 5.4% in January, and its highest share since hitting 5.7% in February 2009.
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July 13, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
By my count (from the listing in the program book), 382 choristers filled the seats right up to the top balcony behind the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall for a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony by the Asia America Symphony. That's a lot of singers to come by, and at least one was an admitted amateur at the Friday night event. Writing in the program book, he owned up to being "triply challenged: I don't understand German, I can't correctly read sheet music, and I can't sing very high."
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May 24, 2009 | Scott Timberg
It was not the kind of thing that happened to him very often -- at least not back then. Three decades ago, David Benoit was a Los Angeles jazz pianist in his 20s, with two albums on a small label. He played birthdays, bar mitzvahs and small nightclubs as he struggled to make a living. But when he was invited to the Philippines to perform in 1981, everything changed. "Somehow over there I was a superstar," Benoit, now 56, recalls with a laugh.
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May 17, 1999 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saturday's opening installment of the Newport Beach Jazz Festival served to prove just how blurred the designation of "smooth jazz" has become. This sixth annual celebration of the music variously dubbed adult-contemporary or smooth jazz, held on the grounds of the Hyatt Newporter hotel, featured a diverse lineup that included a slick trumpeter, a churchgoing vocalist, a flamenco-styled guitarist and a raunchy, R&B saxophonist.
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October 28, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, Heckman is a regular contributor to Calendar
There was a time when listening to jazz on the radio was a highly personal experience. Disc jockeys like New York City's Symphony Sid laid down a carpet of lush-toned introductions, their tune selections--made spontaneously--flowed with the mood of the moment.
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February 28, 2008 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Herbie Hancock will be the brightest name on the marquee for the 30th Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on June 14 and 15. The surprise winner of the album of the year Grammy for "River: The Joni Letters," his take on Joni Mitchell's music, the veteran jazz pianist-composer plans to bring an all-star ensemble that includes tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta to his headline appearance on Sunday's program.
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