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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 25, 2009
There is obviously one thing that cozy and quaint Jax Bar & Grill in Glendale is known for besides food and that is the jazz musicians they bring in to entertain their guests. On Tuesday night, the New York-based jazz trio known as Origin Blue made a stop at the trendy establishment during their West Coast tour. With a few people celebrating birthdays, several couples out on dates, and some locals enjoying a beer or two at the bar, the scene was set for Origin Blue to deliver a funk-filled performance of their eclectic style of jazz.