December 3, 1987 |
The teaming of Joe Williams and "The Tonight Show" Orchestra conducted by Doc Severinsen, presented Tuesday and Wednesday at Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, was an inspiration in at least two ways: It afforded the preeminent male singer of the jazz world a rare chance to be heard locally in a big-band setting, and it allowed the audience to hear in person a band whose appearances are so often confined to five-second playoffs at the end of a routine by a comic or animal trainer.
February 25, 1997 |
The second annual "Tribute to Duke Ellington" Sunday at the ballroom of the Red Lion Hotel featured one great band presenting wonderful memories of another. In bringing to life the music of Ellington's orchestra, arguably the greatest jazz ensemble of all time, cornetist Bill Berry's 16-piece L.A. Big Band showed that it too is a jazz orchestra worthy of special recognition. Berry, who has led a big band in L.A.
January 16, 1989 |
At the sprawling, 33-acre Town and Country Hotel, where panel discussions, classes and live music sessions took place in a dozen of the hotel's venues, Friday's most eagerly awaited event at the National Association of Jazz Educators Convention took place in the large Atlas Ballroom, where Frank Foster, leader of the Count Basie Orchestra, presented the premier of the "Basie Jazz History Suite."
September 20, 1989 |
In what could easily be described as the best kind of home cooking, composer-arranger Tom Talbert leads his septet in the living room of his Laguna Beach home this Sunday in a benefit for the Visiting Nurses Assn. of Orange County Hospice. The 4 p.m.
July 14, 2000 |
Wednesday's season-opening Lexus Jazz at the Bowl program was a defining exhibition of what to expect from the balance of the summer's programs. And an evaluation depends upon whether one prefers to see a glass as mostly full or slightly empty. Given the predictable stresses of any opening night, compounded by the distractions of the management changes that have taken place at the Los Angeles Philharmonic since last season, the performance of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra--the centerpiece element in the series--has to be considered first-rate.
April 22, 2002 |
Every time the Luckman Jazz Orchestra offers one of its far too rare performances, the first question that comes to mind is why this fine ensemble doesn't have a much longer performance schedule. Granted, costs can be high for appearances by a 16-piece musical organization, but it's hard to believe that in a community as economically viable and as culturally aware as Los Angeles that funding--and/or sponsor support--can't be found for a rainbow aggregation of superb jazz artists.
August 16, 1991 |
The Ambassador Foundation is another cultural institution that--like the Los Angeles Music Center and New York's Lincoln Center--is significantly expanding its jazz presentations. The nonprofit, Pasadena-based foundation, which offers mostly classical music artists at 1,300-seat Ambassador Auditorium during its September-to-June season, is spotlighting jazz for its first-ever summer event.
July 21, 1989 |
Some wedding receptions demand a sequel. But a three-day festival? Well, sometimes. Take the wedding party Jan and Mel Welch threw in June, 1988. At the end of the dancing and toasting and singing along with tunes played by the Hot Frogs Jumping Jazz Band, the 200-plus crowd was crying for more. "Gee, why don't you do this again next year," the newly married Welches heard again and again as they made their goodbys.
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June 19, 1998 |
Dick Gibson, the amiable host through three decades of world-famous jazz concerts in which he offered the best musicians in the world in a single venue each Labor Day weekend, has died. Gibson, who was forced to give up his unique concept of 32 hours of mainstream jamming several years ago because of health and financial problems, was 72 when he died Wednesday of complications of diabetes.