December 24, 1996 |
Sleigh bells are ringing and the clock is ticking, but your holiday shopping list still has a few gaps--especially around the names of those hard-to-please jazz and world music fans in your family. Here are a few choice picks: * "The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings of Miles Davis and Gil Evans," Columbia (6 CDs) and Mosaic (9 LPs, released last August in a limited edition of 5,000 sets).
May 4, 1990 |
Ernie Andrews, Clora Bryant, Garnett Brown, O.C. Smith, James Newton, Charles Owens, Jack Sheldon and Teddy Edwards are just eight of the 60-plus jazz players scheduled to take part in "An Afternoon of Music and Love," set for Sunday from 2-8 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Proud Bird Restaurant, near LAX. The show is a benefit to defray medical expenses for trombonist Benny Powell, who lived in the Southland from 1970-80 and who is currently in a Pittsburgh, Pa.
December 4, 1992 |
If you're not up to fighting the mobs at the malls to take care of the jazz buffs on your holiday shopping list, here's good news: You don't have to. There are several firms offering jazz specialty products by mail. T-shirts and sweat shirts designed with classic jazz photos are always a favorite gift, and Gear Inc. in Atlanta carries such shirts exclusively. Among the 60 different shirts available is one with Miles Davis, photographed by L.A.-based photographer Jeff Sedlik.
December 28, 1995 |
If there was ever a doubt that jazz musicians are the pinnacle of cool, William Claxton's black-and-white photographs at Fahey/Klein dispel it. Here is a typical image: It's the morning after in Times Square, in 1960. A man in a dressy black suit blows on his sax, which glints like gold in the sun. A smiling woman embraces him, seduced by the music. Oblivious to the early-morning traffic, the neon signs and the passersby, he is lost in the moment, in thrall to his own music.
June 12, 2005 |
The cover to "Looking at Los Angeles," a smashing new book of photographs of arguably the most photogenic city in America, features a relatively recent picture taken at night from atop Mt. Wilson. Along the bottom of the image, hills create a curvy black contour, a bit like a sensual body stretched out on a bed. The sky at the top is an inky flat plane. In between, the twinkling, blue-white lights so familiar to any traveling Angeleno coming home to LAX spread out toward a radiant horizon.
December 18, 1997 |
They're too big to be stocking stuffers. But otherwise, calendars fit almost any holiday shopping need. And in a media-driven marketplace in which trends can flare up and die overnight, the calendar occupies the enviable status of a commodity that gets hotter every year. "Calendar sales have passed $5 billion a year and seem to be growing," reports Dick Mikes of the Calendar Marketing Assn. in Chicago, which monitors sales from around the world.
June 20, 1996 |
City-funded galleries, as a rule, shy away from exhibitions that could generate controversy among the taxpayers. So it may come as a surprise that the City of Brea Gallery has taken AIDS as the theme for an exhibit that opens Saturday night with an artists' reception. "I think this is a daring show for this community to do," agreed gallery director and curator Georgia Freedman-Harvey. "And the community has been really supportive of it."
April 30, 2006 |
THE years 1959 and 1960 were watershed one for jazz. Miles Davis recorded "Kind of Blue," the bestselling jazz album of all time, as well as his remarkable Gil Evans collaboration, "Sketches of Spain"; Ornette Coleman made his breakthrough debut in New York City; John Coltrane recorded "Giant Steps"; Dave Brubeck recorded "Take Five"; and the first bossa nova album, Joao Gilberto's "Chega de Saudade," was released.
May 23, 1994 |
Contrast was the watchword for Saturday's edition of the second annual Orange County Art & Jazz Festival. With a mix of college and high school bands sharing the stage with professional outfits playing mainstream, contemporary and Latin sounds, Day 2 of the three-day affair was a rewarding mix of forms, abilities and styles that spoke to the diversity of the art form called jazz. A more scenic location for an outdoor festival is hard to imagine.