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February 26, 1993 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On the day the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration reached its climactic frenzy earlier this week, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, that cornerstone of New Orleans music, was starting its day in . . . Cedar City, Utah? "We're on our way to Salt Lake City," said trumpeter Wendell Brunious, leader of this particular Preservation Hall band (there are three), in an early-morning phone interview before the group's bus headed north. The current tour--with stops in Tempe and Sun City, Ariz.
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February 23, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Think of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as a bridge across the ages, a link between the present day and the heyday of traditional New Orleans music, a span that stretches from banjo player Narvin Henry Kimball, who'll be 86 next month, to 24-year-old bassist Benjamin Jaffe, son of the Hall's late founder.
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February 23, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Think of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as a bridge across the ages, a link between the present day and the heyday of traditional New Orleans music, a span that stretches from banjo player Narvin Henry Kimball, who'll be 86 next month, to 24-year-old bassist Benjamin Jaffe, son of the Hall's late founder.
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February 26, 1993 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On the day the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration reached its climactic frenzy earlier this week, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, that cornerstone of New Orleans music, was starting its day in . . . Cedar City, Utah? "We're on our way to Salt Lake City," said trumpeter Wendell Brunious, leader of this particular Preservation Hall band (there are three), in an early-morning phone interview before the group's bus headed north. The current tour--with stops in Tempe and Sun City, Ariz.
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August 30, 1992 | RANDY LEWIS and New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor) to four (excellent).
* * * * Dr. Michael White, "New Year's at the Village Vanguard," Antilles. Clarinetist White again reaches back to the songbooks of such early jazz greats as Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet in this sparkling live set recorded in January at New York's venerable jazz club. This outing sings, sparked by the presence of such players as White, his pal Wynton Marsalis and trumpeter Wendell Brunious, all of whom know the critical importance in this music of melody over chord progressions.
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March 24, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
"At the Catfish Hotel," to be seen at midnight tonight on the Bravo Channel, was presumably designed as a nostalgic glance at the formative years of jazz. Recorded at the Columns Hotel in New Orleans, it was produced and directed by Jim Gabour. Although Curt Jerde, who plays tuba and was the musical director, is credited with historical research, there is almost nothing to be learned from the script. The story of the New Orleans funeral is told as if we hadn't heard it a thousand times before.
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July 1, 1991 | DON HECKMAN
In its continuing crusade to perpetuate New Orleans jazz, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band--with its mix of young and old players--provided a convincing case at UCLA's Wadsworth Hall for the past and present value of this collectively improvised music. This particular ensemble, perhaps the best of the various Preservation Hall groups, featured on Friday night a number of top musicians, particularly in the front line of horns, with leader Wendell Brunious a standout on trumpet.
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September 6, 1994 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After a palace revolution earlier this year that ousted Chuck Conklin, the founding artistic director of the Los Angeles Classic Jazz Festival, there was speculation about the new philosophy guiding the four-day event's musical makeup. The incoming director, trumpeter Bob Allen, plays in Chris Kelly's Black and White Jazz Band, and the rumors were of a shift back from mainstream toward a preponderance of traditional groups.
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February 25, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mardi Gras came to Cerritos on Thursday as the PreservationHall Jazz Band closed its show at the Center for the Performing Arts with an invigorating parade through the aisles to the hearty strains of "When the Saints Go Marching In." Favors were thrown from the stage to the audience, and at least 100 attendees joined the march, including one well-prepared soul sporting the traditional parasol.
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July 10, 1995 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is changing. The New Orleans-based septet, which performed Friday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, has always been able to deliver a sumptuous spread of 1920s and '30s jazz, Crescent City-style. But these days its members also slip in an occasional modernism in the form of, say, a be-bop-era lick tucked deftly into a rollicking, authentic two-beat feel. Heresy, some purists might shout.
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July 21, 1995 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Time is maturing trumpeter-composer Terence Blanchard. The New Orleans native, 33, has recently released "Romantic Defiance" on Columbia Records, an album that contains his most intimate and relaxed playing to date. "I used to think that I had to discover the atom with every album," says Blanchard, whose quartet featuring pianist Edward Simon opens a five-night stand Tuesday at the Jazz Bakery.
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July 9, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Summertime comes and the living, so the song goes, is easy. But not without some effort. Head over Highway 154 to Santa Ynez--home of celebrities and other landed gentry--to find one of the easier things on the summer senses in these parts. The annual concert series at Gainey Vineyards, which begins this weekend, offers music in the alfresco splendor of the sprawling vineyard.
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