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August 17, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Singer Patti Austin grew up in what might best be described as a hallowed entertainment-world environment. Her godmother was Dinah Washington and her godfather was Quincy Jones. "Sammy Davis Jr. taught me some hoofing," she says, "and Ray Bolger taught me time steps." Her father, trombonist Gordon Austin, played with, among others, Fletcher Henderson, Lucky Millinder and Billy Eckstine--thus the growing years in which she was constantly surrounded by the shooting-star world of show business.
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March 5, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The American Jazz Philharmonic was one of the Southland's great but sadly under-recognized musical blessings. Commissioning dozens of new works, it explored the rich creative linkage between jazz and orchestral music. When conductor Jack Elliott became a founder of the Henry Mancini Institute, there was hope that his efforts would continue via the HMI Orchestra, and, to a considerable extent, that hope was realized in the years before Elliott passed away in 2001.
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March 5, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The American Jazz Philharmonic was one of the Southland's great but sadly under-recognized musical blessings. Commissioning dozens of new works, it explored the rich creative linkage between jazz and orchestral music. When conductor Jack Elliott became a founder of the Henry Mancini Institute, there was hope that his efforts would continue via the HMI Orchestra, and, to a considerable extent, that hope was realized in the years before Elliott passed away in 2001.
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August 17, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Singer Patti Austin grew up in what might best be described as a hallowed entertainment-world environment. Her godmother was Dinah Washington and her godfather was Quincy Jones. "Sammy Davis Jr. taught me some hoofing," she says, "and Ray Bolger taught me time steps." Her father, trombonist Gordon Austin, played with, among others, Fletcher Henderson, Lucky Millinder and Billy Eckstine--thus the growing years in which she was constantly surrounded by the shooting-star world of show business.
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June 19, 2006 | Lynne Heffley
The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra launches the "Big! World!Fun!" family matinee series at the outdoor Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday with its kid-friendly "Great Gershwin Concert," featuring George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." "It's a 'Rhapsody' unlike any you've ever heard," says conductor Mitch Glickman.
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March 12, 1992 | ANDREA HEIMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six local high school performers were named Spotlight Awards winners Tuesday night at the Music Center. The winners were named by a panel of judges after competing in a live show hosted by actor Gregory Harrison. At stake was $45,000 in scholarships.
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December 5, 2012 | By David Ng
Street Symphony, a community project founded by Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Robert Gupta, is one of a number of cultural initiatives across the country that have been named recipients of "fast-track" grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA announced the list of 153 recipients on Tuesday. The Challenge America Fast-Track grants are intended for small and mid-sized organizations to help fund projects that extend the reach of the arts to disadvantaged groups.
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September 17, 1993 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In this column on Aug. 20, a less than favorable review was given to the Warner Bros. recording "Miles Davis and Quincy Jones: Live at Montreux," which documented the July 8, 1991, live performance by the trumpeter at the famed Swiss jazz festival. On the album, Davis, who died the following Sept. 28, played very difficult material, most drawn from his classic late-'50s albums--"Miles Ahead," "Porgy and Bess" and "Sketches of Spain," all of which featured wonderful orchestrations by Gil Evans.
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October 4, 1991 | BEA MAXWELL
* AIDS Project Los Angeles, with the aid of 18,000 volunteer walkers, raised more than $2.5 million Sept. 22 at its seventh annual AIDS walk. Proceeds will help fund more than 20 programs that help nearly 70% of AIDS patients in Los Angeles County. There were 460 corporate teams registered and 130,000 sponsors donating money to walkers. Paramount Pictures hosted the event.
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February 21, 1993 | CHRISTINA V. GODBEY
Billy Hayes is doing a role-reversal in Carol Kaplan's new play "Sitting Man" at the Pacific Theatre Ensemble in Culver City. The author of the autobiographical novel "Midnight Express," about his experiences as a prisoner in Turkey, Hayes is playing the role of prison interrogator this time. "(The play takes place) in prison but (this time) I'm on the other side of the table," said the 45-year-old Los Angeles resident.
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April 26, 1989 | ZAN STEWART
Duke Ellington, who died on May 24, 1974, would have been 90 this Saturday and in memory of his birthday, numerous celebrations are scheduled that day around the Southland. KUSC-FM (91.5) interrupts its usual 24-hour classical format to present "My Sparkling Parade," a 90-minute audio portrait of the great composer-bandleader-pianist. Airing at 6 p.m., the program includes interviews with Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Andre Previn, composer-author Gunther Schuller and Ellington collaborator Maurice Peress.
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October 9, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Usually, when Pat Metheny writes music for an album, he documents a current performing unit. But for "Secret Story," his recent Geffen release, the popular guitarist ended up documenting his life. Metheny's album follows the shape of a love affair that ended last year. "You meet someone, get to know them, the relationship changes, grows, then it ends. That's what this record does.
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