April 23, 2000 |
Here in a noisy city that produces some of the world's sweetest sounds, you sometimes need to listen carefully to separate your rhythm from your blues, your oldies from your goodies, your hip from your hop. Tastes in music change as quickly as you can program all the FM and AM buttons on your dashboard. The recording studios of Los Angeles have served as houses of wax for everything from symphonies to surfer tunes. No one knows for sure what the public's ear will care to hear next.
July 15, 2010 |
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.
December 6, 1992 |
That's the unmistakable tone of satisfaction in the voice of Steve Tyrell, talking now of his most recent ride high onto the pop music charts. Not that Tyrell hasn't been here before, as record producer, songwriter, promoter, and record company executive for musicians as varied as Linda Ronstadt and the Kingsmen.
April 12, 2002
Fiddler Mark O'Connor will present a tribute to legendary jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli as part of the Orange County Performing Arts Center's 2002-03 Jazz Club Series. Besides O'Connor's shows March 14-15, the series will feature trumpeter Nicholas Payton (Oct. 25-26); singer-composer Steve Tyrell (Nov. 8-9); the Pat Martino Trio with organist Joey DeFrancesco (Nov. 22-23); the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with singer Dee Dee Bridgewater (Jan. 10); and vocalist Dianne Reeves (Jan. 24-25).
December 9, 2003 |
"Mistletoe and Martinis" was the perfect title for radio station KLAC-AM's first anniversary concert celebration of its current "Fabulous 570" format Sunday night at the Universal Amphitheatre. With memories of Ol' Blue Eyes, Dino, Sammy, Mel and Nat drifting through the packed theater, a second-generation Sinatra, Cole and Torme on stage and a program showcasing the Great American Songbook, the notion of grasping a martini and kissing under the mistletoe seemed exactly on target.