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December 22, 2000 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For most jazz musicians, having their own voice is what separates them from the pack. While saxophonist Steve Tavaglione doesn't want to just blend in, his definition of voice is more inclusive than exclusive. Tavaglione, 50, an acclaimed artist in Los Angeles jazz and studio music circles, has played with George Benson, Diana Ross and John Beasley and co-founded the groundbreaking Latin-jazz band Caldera. He plays tonight with drummer Simon Phillips and pianist Jeff Babko at Rocco in Bel-Air.
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December 22, 2000 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For most jazz musicians, having their own voice is what separates them from the pack. While saxophonist Steve Tavaglione doesn't want to just blend in, his definition of voice is more inclusive than exclusive. Tavaglione, 50, an acclaimed artist in Los Angeles jazz and studio music circles, has played with George Benson, Diana Ross and John Beasley and co-founded the groundbreaking Latin-jazz band Caldera. He plays tonight with drummer Simon Phillips and pianist Jeff Babko at Rocco in Bel-Air.
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March 2, 1993 | ZAN STEWART
Are simultaneous careers as a soundtrack composer and jazz trumpeter-fluegelhornist incompatible? If we use Mark Isham's performance Sunday night at Le Cafe as a yardstick, the answer is the affirmative. Isham, who's been writing soundtracks since 1984 and is currently nominated for an Oscar for his score for Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It," entered the music business as a jazz musician in the '70s.
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April 10, 1992 | DON HECKMAN
Bass players do not usually make inspired leaders of jazz ensembles. John Patitucci, who appeared Sunday night at the Strand, is one of the exceptions. Leading a sterling group consisting of saxophonist Steve Tavaglione, keyboardist John Beasley and drummer Vince Colaiuta, Patitucci brought his often cumbersome instrument into the spotlight with impressive results.
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June 3, 1994 | LEONARD FEATHER
Drummer Dave Weckl, who had longtime success working with Chick Corea, opened Tuesday at Catalina. He's such an explosive percussionist that some of his solos suggest orchestrated thunder. His quintet, playing mostly original material, is a tightly knit unit that seems to substitute energy for elegance and rhythmic convolution for melodic innovation. The standout sideman, without question, is John Patitucci.
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July 8, 1996 | DON HECKMAN
High-spirited musical energy was the order of the day at the opening performance of the Brazilian Summer Festival '96 on Saturday at the John Anson Ford Theatre. Appropriately, the capacity crowd's revelry hit its peak in a climactic number by Josias & Sambrasil, a roaring samba that brought more than 100 fans to the stage to join the G-stringed, feathered dancers in a hip-swinging, foot-tapping dance.
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October 1, 1993 | BILL KOHLHAASE
*** Jeff Beal, "Three Graces", Triloka Like pianist Kei Akagi and his band mate on this album, John Beasley, trumpeter-composer Jeff Beal is writing jazz with a decidedly modern bent, full of shifting rhythms and the kind of quirky twists that seem part and parcel of the present-day human condition. Beal's work is contemporary, but not in the sense that it's rife with backbeat and electric instrumentation.
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March 23, 1995 | DON HECKMAN
Think John Patitucci and contemporary fusion jazz comes to mind--fingers flying quicker than the eye can see across his six-string bass. And with considerable justification. For the last few years Patitucci has been, via his work with Chick Corea as well as his own groups, one of the major figures in electric contemporary jazz. But for this week, at least, his musical persona is being pleasantly modified.
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April 14, 1986 | LEONARD FEATHER
Lakshminarayana Subramaniam, the violinist and composer from Madras who has made California his home since 1973, presented a concert of what he still likes to call "neo-fusion jazz" Saturday at Royce Hall, UCLA. The event attracted a near-capacity crowd, enlivened by the profusion of colorful saris.
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September 15, 2000 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jeanne and John Pisano have the kind of mutual admiration anybody would want. They are not only happily married, they are happily making music together. Jeanne is a pure-voiced soprano who instills her versions of standards and originals with a mixture of delicacy, verve and emotion; John is a nimble-fingered guitarist who crafts chords and solos replete with ear-tingling notes. The Pisanos, who live on a Studio City hilltop, perform as a vocal-guitar duo. They will perform Wednesday and Sept.
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