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May 5, 1994 | BILL KOHLHAASE, Bill Kohlhaase is a free-lance writer who regularly covers jazz for the The Times Orange County Edition
There's a decidedly contemporary slant to the first Southern California Jazz Festival, set for this Friday through Sunday at the Koll Center in Irvine. The majority of the 25 acts scheduled to appear on the fest's dual stages have an affinity for big beats and lots of electricity. "We tried to center our music around the Jazz FM format," says festival director Rich Sherman of Ritz entertainment. "But we didn't try to exclude anything."
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April 6, 1994 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Richard Elliot, Keiko Matsui and Everette Harp will headline a three-day jazz festival to be held Mother's Day weekend, May 6 to 8, on two outdoor stages at the Koll Center North office complex, festival organizers announced Tuesday.
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May 9, 1994 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was sometime during drummer Ralph Penland's midafternoon performance of Herbie Hancock's blustery "Eye of the Hurricane" when the sun broke through the clouds to shine on the Southern California Jazz Festival. It was a nicely ironic touch for Saturday's edition of the fest, held on two stages between high-rises and the San Diego Freeway on the grounds of the Koll Center. Until then, the weather situation had been touch and go.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 1994 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's an old story: Struggling musician works a day job to supplement the meager wages earned while playing late-night club dates. Bassist Jennifer York is no exception. But her day job starts when most after-hours jazz clubs are still going strong. She's up at 4:30 a.m., gathering her wits and her makeup. She arrives at Van Nuys airport by 5:15 and, by 5:30, as the airborne traffic reporter for KTLA Channel 5 News, York, her cameraman and the pilot are lifting off in Skycam 5.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 1994 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You could spend this weekend at the Playboy Jazz Festival, crammed into the Hollywood Bowl along with 17,000 other jazz fans. You could, that is, if you can get tickets (at press time, a few scattered seats remained for Sunday's show). There, you could lug your two-ton cooler up the steep hillside to squeeze in hip-to-hip on the hardwood bleachers next to someone sputtering with beer every time a band strikes up the funk.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 1994 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's a hot August night inside the Fullerton Hofbrau and, as clarinetist Evan Christopher takes the bandstand, it's about to get hotter. As he leads his combo through Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose," a few couples step across the slippery dance floor while servers hustle among the tables with steaming plates of food and steins of beer.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 1994 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sometimes, it's feast and famine. Fans of straight-ahead jazz found slim pickings during 1994. But a fat schedule of contemporary jazz during the year had its fans cheering. * When Newport Beach's Cafe Lido closed in February, the county lost one of its last bastions of straight-ahead music.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 1994 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was sometime during drummer Ralph Penland's mid-afternoon performance of Herbie Hancock's blustery "Eye of the Hurricane" when the sun broke through the clouds to shine on the Southern California Jazz Festival. It was a nicely ironic touch for Saturday's edition of the fest, held on two stages between high-rises and the San Diego freeway on the grounds of the Koll Center. Until then, the weather situation had been touch and go.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Looking for a theme song to describe the upcoming year in jazz in Orange County? With apologies to Duke Ellington, how about "Things Are What They Used to Be," a variation on the Duke's classic "Things Ain't What They Used to Be." Despite some promising club dates coming up later this month, the 1995 jazz scene in Orange County is, at this juncture, shaping up much like 1994.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When is a jazz festival not a jazz festival? The Southern California summer jazz festival season is in full swing. Last weekend, more than 4,000 fans trooped to the Pasadena Jazz Festival, and an estimated 20,000 fans are expected to descend on the Long Beach Jazz Festival tonight through Sunday. The season begins each June with the area's crowning annual event, the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
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