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By Jeremy Oberstein | August 14, 2008
In front of a twinkling array of lights and a crowd of thousands, jazz singer Steve Tyrell delivered the second performance Wednesday night in what officials said will be an annual summer concert series at the Americana at Brand. Tyrell, who shot to fame singing “The Way You Look Tonight” in the 1991 comedy Father of the Bride, crooned through his collection of jazz standards and selections from his newest album, “Back to Bacharach.” The summer concert series at the Americana kicked off Aug. 6 with R&B quartet En Vogue singing to a crowd of about 4,000 people, officials said.
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By Wafiqah Basrai | September 14, 2006
Growing up surrounded by music, Tigran Hamasyan found himself attracted to the piano as a mere toddler. After years of practice and hard work, Hamasyan, 19, of Glendale, now finds himself as one of the 12 semi-finalists in the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, where he will compete for scholarships and the prestige of winning the internationally acclaimed award. Hamasyan said he's grateful to be part of the competition, which will be held Saturday in Washington D.C., and is going to use the experience as a learning outlet.
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June 22, 2013
Jazz singer Denise Donatelli is an intimate performer. Her love songs, by virtue of her almost confessional medium dynamic and warm alto voice, have a rare intimacy. Emotion is something she deals out slowly, like cards in a poker game; each one puts the previous one in a different light. Musicians and other peers have championed Donatelli's work: her recent "Soul Shadows" album (Savant) was a Grammy nominee for Best Album. And she'll shift gears this Sunday when she performs at the monthly jazz vespers service at All Saints Church in Pasadena.
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July 21, 2001
GLENDALE -- Jazz violinist Lesa Terry of Glendale will present a special concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. 8th St., Los Angeles. Titled "Jubilee to Jazz: A Celebration of Black Music," the concert will feature Terry with a double string quartet exploring a range of music including spirituals, blues, gospel and jazz, including a number of classic jazz tunes recast for this unique instrumentation. Admission is free. Terry gained prominence as a member of drummer Max Roach's Double Quartet, which led her to form the Grammy-nominated Uptown String Quartet, a landmark group that fused many styles of music.
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February 10, 2006
Come one, come all, to St. George's "Music for Charity Event", Saturday, February 18th at 7:30 p.m. Providing the night of snappy jazz, with Torch songs and other favorites, will be the fabulous 'Razzmatazz' - featuring vocalist Jan Abell, Steve Fry on keyboard, drummer Pete Lippman and tickling the trumpet, Pete Peterson. St. George's Episcopal Church invites the community to put on its dancin' shoes or just come enjoy some delightful jazz, wine and dessert to support a worthy cause.
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By: Katherine Tolford | September 28, 2005
When Jimmy Spencer strolls onto the stage at Mr. B's restaurant in Burbank impeccably dressed in a gray tailored suit, satin tie, handkerchief and silver cufflinks, he looks like a member of the Rat Pack. But once the room fills with the sound of his rich, velvety baritone voice, it's clear he sings with the intimacy of Nat King Cole. Spencer is a versatile singer who courts his audience with smooth and gentle phrasing and a warm, vibrant delivery.
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October 20, 2001
Paul Andersen, Weekend GLENDALE -- It sits on a mound in a swirl of freeway ramps, a low-slung, woodsy fauna-inflected bastion of seafood, at the true junction of the Ventura (134) and Glendale (2) freeways. It might not seem at first glance to be a hot night spot, but for much of the past year the Rusty Pelican has been steadily gaining a reputation as a great place to hear live jazz on weekend nights, thanks to the superlative sounds of 2AZZ1 and the Body and Soul Band and the Eric Byak Band.
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June 14, 2005
RITA PARDUE-FALLMAN Congratulations to Hoover High School jazz students Timmy Jordan, Autumn Yi, Sam Gonzalez, Frankie Bueno and Alexy Yeghikian for receiving outstanding soloist awards in the Valencia Super Bowl of Jazz on May 21. Congratulations to Cameron Funk for earning third place in the Junior Olympics Archery Division for 15- to 17-year-olds. According to Julianne Erikson, PTSA president, senior students are very busy with senior events.
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February 9, 2007
Light on the Corner Church in Montrose invites Foothill residents to enjoy some great live jazz at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11. The free concert features smooth jazz by four of L.A.'s hottest musicians, including Darren Ross on drums, Lynn Woolever on bass, Michael Hughes on piano and Mark Carter on guitar. Carter has worked with some of the most respected names on the jazz scene like Al Jarreau, Eric Marienthal, Michael Paulo and Keith Felch. Jon Karn, the church's pastor, envisions an annual concert series and feels sure that the Foothills is full of jazz lovers.
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June 28, 2003
Clarinet player Ron Going was drawn into the world of traditional New Orleans-style jazz when he and his wife started taking vacations in New Orleans back in 1969. They would frequent the clubs and soon met veteran musicians of the style -- some who started performing it in the early 1900s and were still playing into their 90s. They would ask him to sit in with them, which he said, was a very special privilege. He continues playing that style of music today with his group Gremoli, which appears at jazz festivals and jazz clubs throughout Southern California.
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By Kirk Silsbee | May 2, 2014
Dailey Pike didn't come to Los Angeles in 1979 to make documentary movies. His life was stand-up comedy; he was on a first-name basis with Jay Leno and Arsenio Hall. He warmed up TV audiences for shows like “Cheers,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Dharma and Greg,” “Ellen” and made a good living. But he also had a photographic eye. “In the early '80s,” recounts the 62-year-old Pike, “the public access cable stations made time available to the public. They were hungry for content, and I'd drive around L.A. and turn my camera on some interesting things, like a street protest or something like that.” At some point, Pike turned his hand to photographing jazz musicians.
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By Kirk Silsbee | April 4, 2014
His birth certificate said Birmingham, Ala., but the man who called himself Sun Ra declared that he was from the planet Saturn. Miles Davis set the late 1950s standard for jazz couture with his Italian tailored suits, but Ra wore Africanized capes, tunics and cartoonish headgear. After the big band era ended, he retained a respected core of musicians in his orchestra for decades - an achievement only duplicated by Duke Ellington. Though he operated on the fringes of the jazz world, Sun Ra (named for the Egyptian solar god)
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By Kirk Silsbee | February 25, 2014
Pasadena and its environs have had a jazz presence since at least the 1950s, when artist Jirayr Zorthian hosted a clothing-optional party for Charlie Parker in 1952. A few years later, youngbloods like vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, bassists Albert Stinson and Herbie Lewis, drummers Mike Romero and Jim Keltner, and saxophonists Richard and Pete Aplanalp were developing their own jazz profiles. Through his decades of rock-steady playing and teaching, 71-year-old Altadena bassist Putter Smith is one of the Pasadena jazz patriarchs.
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By Ruth Sowby and By Ruth Sowby | February 18, 2014
It was standing room only for the Arturo Sandoval Benefit Concert, "Save the Music," at the Alex Theatre. Besides being a 10-time Grammy Award winner, Arturo Sandoval is known internationally as a premier jazz trumpeter and Dizzy Gillespie protégé. Last Saturday, Glendale jazz fans had a chance to see their idol up close and personal. Sandoval's dry wit and impressive lung capacity also charmed those not familiar with the jazz great. For the first half of the show, a youth band of more than 20 students, primarily from Glendale schools, performed.
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By Jonny Whiteside | February 14, 2014
When swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy formed in 1993, they were a severe anomaly, one that seemed destined to be overshadowed by the Nirvanas, Tupacs and Whitney Houstons who ruled the pop charts. Twenty years later, the brassy septet has outlived them and their appearance Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Alex Theater is going to be a very special triple-threat event . "We've kept the band together all these years and we have not stopped playing, been on the road the whole time," trumpeter and Glendale native Glen Marhevka said recently.
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By Kirk Silsbee | January 13, 2014
Walk into the Highland Park office of optometrist Dr. Elliott Caine and you'll see framed photographs of jazz greats of the Blue Note Records era on the walls. The doctor also swings, as he will do at Colombo's Steakhouse in Eagle Rock on Friday. It's no longer a novelty when medical doctors also play music. Psychiatrist Denny Zeitlin has been recording and touring since the early 1960s, and local heart specialist and trumpeter Dr. Richard Williams can be heard leading his Raw Sugar band around town at least once a week.
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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.
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By Kirk Silsbee | November 14, 2013
It's rare for a symphony conductor to be passionate about bringing jazz to young people. But Rachael Worby is a rarity just for being a female conductor. She is artistic director of Mus/ique, a live series that stages music in unlikely settings. True to form, Mus/ique celebrates women jazz musicians Monday at the Avon Distribution Center in Pasadena. “I want to get the music out of the sacred concert hall space,” Worby asserted, “and bring it closer to the audience. And Avon has always meant empowerment to women.” She sees the company's story as analogous to jazz itself: “When they began, Avon only marketed products for white skin.
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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.
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By Kirk Silsbee and By Kirk Silsbee | August 14, 2013
When jazz singer Julie Kelly takes a stage, she does so with authority. A local veteran, she has the ease of control in her presentation. Indeed, for the jazz-listening public, it's hard to imagine the tall, imposing Kelly doing anything else in her life. It's not a studied pose. "At this point," she states, "I don't do a lot of formulating. " That ability to trust her instinct is the result of a career that has bred her artistic convictions. Kelly will bring that sure-footed quality to Mambo's in Glendale on Tuesday.
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