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By Patrick Caneday | August 26, 2011
So I turned 44 last week. Not old. But certainly not young. I'm tempted to ride my kids' skateboard, confident I could still show them a thing or two. But I know if I do, I'll be that guy on “America's Funniest Home Videos” that I ridicule for not acting his age when he does a face plant on the sidewalk. Interestingly, the internal voice that tells me which cabernet to order at wine bars, what to say to my wife to earn me a night's accommodations on the couch and how best to traumatize my children, is the same voice I heard 25 years ago telling me that I looked really good in acid-washed jeans, a neon blue seersucker blazer and Panama hat. So, I have a few things I'd like to tell that young me gingerly embarking upon adulthood: Buy a cheap used guitar.
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By Jonny Whiteside | January 31, 2014
When veteran guitarist Bob Summers hits the stage at Pasadena jazz joint Red White & Bluezz next Saturday, it'll be much more than a hometown hoedown. The 74-year-old Pasadena-born musician's family helped pioneer the Los Angeles music scene, performing gospel, country, pop and rock 'n' roll, almost from the ground up. Summers' parents were singing spirituals on KPCC in the 1930s and his older sister Iris regularly performed with Singing Cowboy star Jimmy Wakely as part of western vocal trio the Sunshine Girls.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | August 18, 2007
Liza Carbe and Jean-Pierre Durand each had successful music careers before they met. Now, this Glendale husband and wife are making beautiful music together with the band Incendio. “We call our music Latin guitar world fusion,” Durand said. “It’s all instrumental upbeat Spanish guitar. The most popular act that is doing our style of music is the Gipsy Kings.” The band’s music is a mix of styles, Carbe said. “It’s more world elements and rhythms, like Middle Eastern music, Celtic, jazz improvisation,” she said.
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By JJ Yang | August 13, 2008
From his home studio in a Glendale apartment, professional musician Tim Kobza mixes up his latest collaborations or records music with his band Modereko. Inheriting the music genes of his piano-teaching mother, Kobza chose the guitar as his instrument, which has taken him from his hometown of Omaha, Neb., to concert venues around the world. Intern JJ Yang spent time with Kobza, 46, and discussed his music career, early experiences with music and work as a guitar teacher.   How did you get started with music, and specifically the guitar?
NEWS
January 31, 2002
Cora Branchflower's guitar students hosted a musical performance during lunch at Toll Middle School Wednesday. Students in Branchflower's beginning guitars class played popular songs like "La Bamba" and original songs written by students. The guitar class is new to Toll Middle this year, and 15 acoustic guitars were purchased for the class by the Toll Parent Teacher Assn. Thirty students are enrolled in the class, which also incorporates bass guitar and drums.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | March 27, 2006
The strumming sound of the guitar and the rhythmic melodies of American and ethnic music filled the auditorium of the La Cañada Flintridge Library on Saturday. Musician Jim McAuley demonstrated the use of various guitars, including the African Kora and the South American charango in a program titled "Guitar from the Renaissance to Rap." McAuley discussed the history of the instruments and how cultures from around the world influenced American music. "American music has different kinds of influences that have found their way into our culture," McAuley said.
NEWS
July 20, 2005
Ani Amirkhanian When Fortina Rozsa-Brown retired two years ago, she decided to learn to play the guitar. The 64-year-old La Crescenta resident purchased a guitar prior to her retirement but never took lessons to learn to play the instrument. Now she is learning to play with other music lovers who also have an interest in classical Spanish guitar. A native of Mexico, Rozsa-Brown practices twice a week at the Sparr Heights Community Center and also takes the time to practice at home when she is not at the gym doing yoga or Pilates.
NEWS
April 8, 2002
Karen S. Kim Kenneth Village merchants to meet NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- The Kenneth Village Merchants Assn. will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at George's Restaurant, 1418 W. Kenneth Road. The group will discuss its upcoming Road'ers Car event, street improvements, election results, future plans for the village and community policing efforts. The merchants association will also install its new officers at the meeting. For more information, call 242-6620.
COMMUNITY
October 16, 2012
La Familia Oseguera de La Canada regrets to announce the passing of Jesus Ricardo Oseguera.  Richard was born in La Canada May 14, 1953 and passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital October 9, 2012.  He attended Paradise Canyon Elementary School and graduated from Glendale High School.  Richard was the youngest of ten children born to Jesus and Braulia Oseguera.  Three sisters preceded him in death (Maria, Teresa, and Natalia). Richard loved sports, fixing cars, and most of all, playing the guitar.  Richard was an exceptionally talented individual when it came to the guitar, he could listen to anything and play it exactly as heard, quite a talent.
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By Jonny Whiteside | January 31, 2014
When veteran guitarist Bob Summers hits the stage at Pasadena jazz joint Red White & Bluezz next Saturday, it'll be much more than a hometown hoedown. The 74-year-old Pasadena-born musician's family helped pioneer the Los Angeles music scene, performing gospel, country, pop and rock 'n' roll, almost from the ground up. Summers' parents were singing spirituals on KPCC in the 1930s and his older sister Iris regularly performed with Singing Cowboy star Jimmy Wakely as part of western vocal trio the Sunshine Girls.
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By Jonny Whiteside | December 23, 2013
Bruce Lofgren is a stone jazz cat. His guitar sidles along at a decidedly hep angle, with a warm, sensual tone and a strategically relaxed plan of attack, one that allows him to pull the listener in and really communicate some purely emotional psychic information. "Emotional awareness. It's a quality that jazz needs," Lofgren said recently. "If you start writing with a concept that doesn't have that emotional content, you can put a lot of work into it but still get something that's just OK. If you don't make that good start with a composition, you won't end up with anything.
COMMUNITY
December 4, 2013
Family and friends have been deeply saddened over the holiday by the Thanksgiving Day death of Jeff Taylor. A longtime Foothills resident and a lifelong musician, Jeff was born in Glendale to James and Virginia Taylor in 1954, and raised in La Canada with his brothers Craig and Steve. He attended Parents' and Childrens', Palm Crest, Foothill Intermediate and La Canada High schools, as well as Pasadena City College. He was an enthusiastic fan of anything baseball; he operated a memorabilia shop in Montrose early on, but later moved on to wood work and carpentry in Oregon, then turned to his real love, music.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kirk Silsbee | November 29, 2013
If at first you don't relate what 31-year-old Tom McNalley plays to what you know of the guitar, don't be put off. He's not approaching either the instrument or his music in a conventional way. Distorted effects, clean picking, ferocious fusillades, crystalline confessional reveries, angular melodies, unexpected lyricism and well-placed accompanying chords are all part of the improvisational mix. “Tom's all the things you'd want in a musician,” says...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kirk Silsbee | October 1, 2013
It's Tuesday night at Jax on Brand Avenue. Jazz guitarist Doug MacDonald has the raised platform that serves as a bandstand tonight in the cozy, wood-lined room. With pianist Dick Tash, MacDonald is working his way through jazz standards and gems from the Great American Songbook. They're conjuring musical diamonds, unfortunately, to a near-empty room. MacDonald begins a tune by playfully batting around the venerable chord changes of “I Got Rhythm,” George Gershwin's bedrock for countless jazz numbers, in an exploratory manner.
COMMUNITY
October 16, 2012
La Familia Oseguera de La Canada regrets to announce the passing of Jesus Ricardo Oseguera.  Richard was born in La Canada May 14, 1953 and passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital October 9, 2012.  He attended Paradise Canyon Elementary School and graduated from Glendale High School.  Richard was the youngest of ten children born to Jesus and Braulia Oseguera.  Three sisters preceded him in death (Maria, Teresa, and Natalia). Richard loved sports, fixing cars, and most of all, playing the guitar.  Richard was an exceptionally talented individual when it came to the guitar, he could listen to anything and play it exactly as heard, quite a talent.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | January 20, 2012
Chicano rockabilly singer Chan Romero may not have enjoyed the flash-bang success of Richie Valens, but his role as an artistic trailblazer is equally significant. Romero, who will make a rare appearance here next Friday, is a key figure in Latin rock history, maintaining a chain of cultural custody and context that allowed emerging colleagues Chris Montez, Question Mark & the Mysterians, Thee Midniters, Cannibal & the Headhunters, Santana and Los Lobos to establish themselves as influential rock 'n' roll forces.
THE818NOW
October 17, 2011
Guitar maker Fender has announced a custom design for Love Ride 28, the annual motorcycle fundraiser for autism research. The event, which returns to Castaic Lake Oct. 23, typically attracts thousands of motorcycle riders and features stunt demonstrations, celebrities, such as Peter Fonda and Jay Leno, and a lot of Harleys. Organized by Harley-Davidson of Glendale, it's billed as the largest charity ride in the world. Fender's custom Telecaster guitar design will feature the Love Ride 28 logo and be autographed by the event's featured music artists, Montgomery Gentry, and "other surprise celebrities," according to an announcement released today.
NEWS
By Patrick Caneday | August 26, 2011
So I turned 44 last week. Not old. But certainly not young. I'm tempted to ride my kids' skateboard, confident I could still show them a thing or two. But I know if I do, I'll be that guy on “America's Funniest Home Videos” that I ridicule for not acting his age when he does a face plant on the sidewalk. Interestingly, the internal voice that tells me which cabernet to order at wine bars, what to say to my wife to earn me a night's accommodations on the couch and how best to traumatize my children, is the same voice I heard 25 years ago telling me that I looked really good in acid-washed jeans, a neon blue seersucker blazer and Panama hat. So, I have a few things I'd like to tell that young me gingerly embarking upon adulthood: Buy a cheap used guitar.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Liana Aghajanian | July 31, 2010
While many musicians have everything from stylists, producers, publicists and perhaps most importantly, record labels making sure they succeed in a cut-throat industry, Alicia Warrington and Marlene Hammerle of the All-Girls Boy Choir are doing it all on their own. Along with writing, recording and promoting their music they are independently funding a national tour — all moves that have set them apart from their contemporaries. The two Michigan natives formed All-Girls Boy Choir in 2008, and say it's a rock band with strong roots in blues, country and metal.
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