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May 22, 2005 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The first question that usually pops up when Sonya Kitchell's voice comes pouring out of a stereo is the last one she wants to hear: "She's how old?" That's understandable. Such warm, honey-textured tones, arching smoothly through shifting layers of emotion, don't usually emerge from a 16-year-old.
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May 22, 2005 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The first question that usually pops up when Sonya Kitchell's voice comes pouring out of a stereo is the last one she wants to hear: "She's how old?" That's understandable. Such warm, honey-textured tones, arching smoothly through shifting layers of emotion, don't usually emerge from a 16-year-old.
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June 12, 2008 | Don Heckman
HERBIE HANCOCK'S performance at the Playboy Jazz Festival on Sunday comes in the midst of a bountiful year. Yes, the veteran jazz pianist/composer's Hollywood Hills home glistens with the an impressive collection of Grammys, an Oscar and other awards. But Hancock has never received a statuette with as much cachet as the Album of the Year Grammy he got on Feb. 10 for his recording, "River: The Joni Letters." On Sunday, his Playboy Jazz set will feature numbers from Hancock's acclaimed album, as well as a rare live rendering of his 1983 hit, "Rockit," and guest appearances by singers Sonya Kitchell and Amy Keys, bassist Marcus Miller and DJ C-Minus.
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June 17, 2008 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Music at the Playboy Jazz Festival always has been inextricably connected to the sun, the wine and the partying, and this year was no exception. But what was particularly interesting about the 30th anniversary event at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday and Sunday was the youthful energy on display -- though, unfortunately, the younger performers received less attention than they deserved.
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January 29, 2006
Guide to the list The Sounds '06 list is a snapshot of albums in the works as of late January. Release dates and other details are subject to change through the year. Sounds '06 Capsules compiled by Richard Cromelin and Casey Dolan. * TUESDAY Barry Manilow "The Greatest Songs of the Fifties" (Arista) The crooner with perfect hair interprets a wide array of genres from the last decade of innocence. Features an appearance by Phyllis McGuire of the McGuire Sisters. (C.D.) FEB.
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