January 2, 1998 |
Jazz, in clubs and concert halls, takes no holiday breather as 1998 gets underway. The season jumps into gear tonight when trumpeter Nicholas Payton moves into Founders Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center for a two-night engagement. The 24-year-old Payton combines his New Orleans heritage with astounding technical skills to create a sound that's anchored in tradition but looks to the future. Another emerging star, singer-pianist Diana Krall, brings her trio to Founders Hall on Feb.
August 7, 1989 |
David Benoit must live in a different world. The keyboardist and his group played a lengthy set Saturday night at the Greek Theatre full of happy-go-lucky melodies and carefree solos that carried little of the edge we associate with modern times. Doesn't this guy have any Angst in his life? If he does, it isn't reflected in his material.
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December 17, 2007 |
Dan Fogelberg, the singer-songwriter whose hits "Leader of the Band," "Part of the Plan" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56. His death was posted on his website Sunday and announced in a statement by Anna Loynes of the Solters & Digney public relations agency.
February 8, 1986 |
There's a brief, but tender and revealing moment near the end of the new "John Lennon Live in New York City" video where Lennon pauses--during the singing of Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog"--to say, "Elvis, I love ya." The moment, recorded during Lennon's 1972 "One to One" benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, is touching because the Beatles were the only rock attraction to that point to even seriously challenge Presley's status as the king of rock.
September 21, 1989 |
The appearance in San Diego this month of two saxophonists at the peak of their form makes an interesting study in contrasts. Alto master Lou Donaldson has been turning out pure blues-rooted be-bop for nearly 40 years, achieving some success, but relatively little notoriety. Through Oct. 1, he'll be playing the jazz room at Elario's in La Jolla, which holds just over 100 people.
June 28, 1990 |
Saxophonist John Coltrane worked with several bassists during his revolutionary career, but he told a biographer that the one who produced a sound closest to what he wanted was Art Davis. Davis, who plays Diego's Loft in Pacific Beach this Sunday, remains relatively unknown, even though he played on a variety of Coltrane sessions, including the "Ascension" album and the original, never released, version of the sax master's anthem, "A Love Supreme."