January 24, 2000 |
Steven Sondheim and jazz? It's not a combination that comes to mind as a musical marriage made in heaven. And on Saturday night at UCLA, in a program titled "Sondheim & Jazz: Side by Side," it felt a lot more like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. It's hard to argue with the lineup for the concert.
October 13, 1995 |
Pianist Keith Jarrett's extraordinary "standards" trio, with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, is, for the jazz world, a long-standing operation. The band, which plays Sunday at the Wiltern Theatre, has been together for 12 years and has made numerous CDs, including the just-out six-CD set "Keith Jarrett at the Blue Note: The Complete Recordings," recorded last year at the New York nightspot.
July 16, 1992 |
Maxwell's by the Sea will celebrate the opening of the new Huntington Beach Pier with a 10-day Jazz Festival. "It's been something I've been wanting to do for quite a while," says Jim De Julio, who leads the club's house rhythm section and serves double duty as music producer. "We decided to commemorate the opening with a collection of music that I'm sure is going to appeal to a wide audience."
February 25, 1999
Celia Cruz has favored nightclubs such as the Conga Room and the House of Blues in recent years, but no small room could contain the pipes power represented by the salsa matriarch and the evening's co-star, Nuyorican diva India. The L.A. Sports Arena concert also features one of Latin pop's hot newcomers, Puerto Rican merengue singer Elvis Crespo. * Celia Cruz, India and Elvis Crespo, Los Angeles Sports Arena, 3939 S. Figueroa St., 8 p.m. $40. (213) 748-6136.
January 1, 1996 |
A Salute to Nancy Wilson, held Friday at the Century Plaza hotel, honored the jazz-pop vocalist in the best possible way as a parade of fine singers displayed the song stylist's influence on their own styles while interpreting the material Wilson made famous over the years.
May 24, 1989 |
Pianist Milcho Leviev, the a cappella vocal group Terra Nova and the New Age-ish Mulholland Drive are among the jazz artists donating their services Tuesday at At My Place. The L.A. Jazz Fix concert is a benefit for Can-Do, an organization designed to help the homeless help themselves. "One-third of the homeless can change their circumstances if they just get a little help, not a hand-out," said Can-Do president Maureen Fagan. "We want to restore jobs, increase employment, all in all make economic opportunities for the homeless."
December 26, 1996 |
Pianist Billy Mitchell has been earning a living behind the keyboard for 30 years now, but in some respects he considers the first 25 or so a warmup. "I feel like I'm just beginning to play," said the rhythmic and bluesy 30-year veteran, who plays Saturday at Restaurant Kikuya in Huntington Beach. "Where I was once intimidated by music, by musicians and by the piano, I'm not afraid anymore." Five years ago he sang a different song.
January 14, 2002 |
It was probably appropriate that a performance by the Dave Brubeck Quartet was the climax of the International Assn. for Jazz Education's 29th annual conference Friday night at the Long Beach Convention Center's Terrace Theater. The veteran composer-pianist has long been a shining example of the impact an academic education can have. And, when he came to prominence in the '50s, it was primarily via his great popularity with university audiences.
November 8, 1991 |
Orange County jazz fans know Peggy Duquesnel for her strong keyboard work, heard often in these parts with the bands of saxophonist Wayne Wayne, guitarist Ric Flauding, or the group N'Color as well as during appearances under her own name. What's less known about the 31-year-old musician is that, in addition to being a fine keyboard technician and improviser, she's also a promising composer.
January 26, 1992 |
Jazz pianist Vernell Brown Jr. was only 18 when he recorded "A Total Eclipse," his 1990 debut album. There he was, playing alongside such illustrious veterans as saxophonist Ernie Watts, bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Stix Hooper and trumpeter and A&M Records co-founder Herb Alpert. This was some heavy company for any young musician. But the record was designed to introduce listeners to Brown's playing and his already broad range of musical interests.