November 16, 2003 |
The unique cultural monument that is William Forsythe's Frankfurt Ballet is scheduled to be demolished at the end of the 2003-04 season -- though not before the German company dances a last hurrah at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in June. But in the meantime, some of the dancers slated for dismissal have decided to sing for their suppers. They have cut a CD, "Cool Moves," for the Frankfurt-based label powerhouse records.
October 4, 1991 |
Before the mistake was noticed, a sign outside El Matador on Wednesday announced that the featured group of the evening, Tony Rizzi and His Five Guitars Plus Four, would include special guest Charlie Christian. That would have been some concert, given that the seminal jazz guitarist died in 1942. As it turned out, Christian was there, but in spirit only.
May 14, 1987 |
Jazz has found a new home in Orange County in the unlikely confines of a British-themed restaurant in Westminster that specializes in continental cuisine. The Court of St. James, formerly Victoria Station, has been refurbished and will begin nightly jazz bookings tonight, starting with vocalist Shelley Moore and the Gerard Hagen Four. Also due at the Court of St. James this week are guitar duo George Van Eps and Tony Rizzi, singer Stephanie Haynes and the New York Jazz Connection quartet.
March 30, 1987 |
The guitarists George Van Eps and Tony Rizzi have been gigging from time to time as a duo at local clubs in recent years. Thursday they brought their special brand of empathy to Catalina's Bar and Grill in Hollywood. The gaunt, fleet-fingered Van Eps was a virtual founding father of jazz guitar. The amplified, seven-stringed instrument he uses is an updated version of the model he used in the pre-electric era. Rizzi, white-bearded but younger, is a veteran of countless studio jobs.
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January 24, 2010
Jimmy Wyble Eclectic guitarist Jimmy Wyble, 87, a guitarist of great range who played with country-western swing bandleader Bob Wills as well as with the Benny Goodman and Red Norvo jazz combos, died of heart failure Jan. 16 while under hospice care at his home in Altadena, according to his friend and fellow guitarist Larry Koonse. James Otis Wyble was born Jan. 25, 1922, in Port Arthur, Texas. While working for a Houston radio station and playing guitar in western swing bands in the early 1940s, he and fellow guitarist Cameron Hill were invited to join Bob Wills' Texas Playboys.
November 9, 1991 |
Their styles are as different as a waltz and a jitterbug. But that's what made the guitar duo of George Van Eps and Tony Rizzi so fascinating Thursday at El Matador. The two Orange County residents have appeared together infrequently since the early '80s. Both have impeccable credentials: Rizzi as a onetime member of the Stan Kenton orchestra and of various studio bands; Van Eps as a true innovator on guitar during a career that stretches back about six decades.