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By James Petrillo | October 2, 2010
The Joel Martin Quintet touched down at Lucy's 51 in Toluca Lake recently with their loose, pleasurable jazz, but they were nearly upstaged by an energetic group of a cappella upstarts. The crowd is normally too loud and tipsy by 11 p.m. to appreciate any genre of music, much less jazz, but the majority stood at attention for a vocals-only sextet called Simply Put. Wedged in between two languid yet listenable sets by Joel Martin's elastic ensemble, the ragtag crooners made old standards new again.
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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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By Kirk Silsbee | August 18, 2012
Some kind of poetic conjunction will occur when jazz singer Diane Hubka performs a recital at Pasadena Presbyterian Church Saturday. Though she works as the church's accountant, what makes the pairing compelling is her lovely sound set in a sanctuary known for its majestic high-ceilinged acoustics. Hubka has a medium-dynamic alto voice with an unmistakable sparkle. Her tone is bell-like in its clarity and her diction is impeccable. Listeners can understand her no matter how brisk the tempo of the music.
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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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By Hassahn Liggins | 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.
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By Beige Luciano-Adams | February 20, 2010
Choreographer Deborah Brockus built a light, entertaining afternoon around the query “What makes jazz — jazz?” Sunday at the Brand Library. It was the first of a three-part free series of contemporary dance concerts sponsored by the Associates of the Brand Library. Brockus, a prominent mover and shaker in the Los Angeles dance scene, kept audience members rapt as they waited for her dancers to bend space a bit, her sturdy frame and flame-colored hair cutting a striking presence against the cold gallery space.
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By Bob Harris | January 16, 2008
I am by no means a jazz aficionado, but I do have an interest in the music?s colorful history and performers. Far too many jazz visionaries succumbed to the deadly addictive power of heroin. Now, with the re-release of the Bruce Weber?s 1989 film ?Let?s Get Lost,? we can take a look at one of those drug-hazed lives, that of the gifted trumpeter Chet Baker. ?Let?s Get Lost? is never less than captivating. It is an expert compendium of film, still photography and jazz shaped into documentary form.
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August 16, 2003
Fans of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy who dig swing will hear a sample from its new style of jazz during Sunday's concert at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank. The band will alternate playing music of New Orleans, featured on its new CD, "Save My Soul," released in July by Big Bad/Vanguard Records, with original swing tunes, said trumpet player Glen "The Kid" Marhevka. Several trips to that city by the group inspired bandleader Scotty Morris to write music in a similar vein.
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By Joyce Rudolph | September 16, 2006
Guitarist Doug MacDonald wants to regenerate interest in instrumental jazz, once abundant in Burbank, and he hopes to start that Thursday at the Taste of Burbank. He believes he'll be sharing a slice of cultural history. Early in the 1980s, he and fellow musicians had regular gigs at Burbank lounges like China Trader and Chadney's. But today with those establishments long closed, it's difficult to find a place to hear live instrumental jazz, MacDonald said. "With all the studios and great musicians here, there is nowhere to showcase their work," he said.
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By Joyce Rudolph | November 5, 2013
The instrumental music associations of Burbank and Burroughs high schools are setting aside their crosstown rivalry this week and producing a fundraising jazz concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Burbank High School Auditorium. “An Evening of Jazz” will showcase TV composer and Burbank resident Ron Jones (“Family Guy”) and his Influence Jazz Orchestra, along with jazz ensembles from the two high schools. Proceeds will benefit the music education programs at Burroughs and Burbank high schools.
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By Jonny Whiteside | November 1, 2013
Swing band the Hi-Fi Honeydrops doesn't buzz so much as it purrs, giving out with an undulating pure swing sound that's resolutely beholden to oft overlooked forebears as Eddie Lang, the Joe Venuti-Paul Whiteman guitarist who deeply influenced Django Reinhardt. With three guitars, a bass fiddle and a deliciously spirited, almost acrobatic clarinet, this quintet of twentysomethings have a hauntingly perfected quality to their approach, attitude and style. While most of their peers tune in hip-hop and techno, these dedicated throwbacks, who appear Monday at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank, are zealously dedicated to re-invigorating the Great American Songbook of the early 20th century, a pursuit they manage with impressive facility.
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By David Laurell | September 18, 2013
Perhaps it was the mix of cool jazz and hot salsa that pushed aside the recent heat spell and made for a perfect late-summer evening as John Burroughs High School's Instrumental Music Assn. presented its annual Salsa Under the Stars fundraiser last week. Staged in the school's quad, the event gave students, parents and supporters the opportunity to spread out their blankets and enjoy home-packed picnics or dinner provided by Tacos Maximo, brush up on their salsa skills by taking a dance lesson with Linda Shoemake, and then use those freshly enhanced skills to dance to the music of the John Burroughs High School Jazz Ensemble.
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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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By Jonny Whiteside | May 17, 2013
While Barbara Morrison's 1973 arrival to the jazz and blues party was somewhat late, the singer has definitely lived it to the hilt. One of Los Angeles' top jazz vocalists, Morrison made her bones on the bandstand alongside the top names in music, performing with everyone from Johnny Otis to Ray Charles, Mel Torme and Dizzy Gillespie. But Morrison, who appears at Burbank's Joe's Great American Bar & Grill on May 26, remains an unassuming, modest and very down-to-earth character. "I wasn't even into jazz until I moved to California," the 60-year-old Morrison said recently.
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By Kirk Silsbee | March 16, 2013
When veteran guitarist Bob Bain drives into Toluca Lake Tuesday to participate in John Pisano's long-running Guitar Night at Lucy's 51, it's likely that more than a few memories will accompany him. Bain was the guitarist in the famed Tonight Show Orchestra at NBC until Johnny Carson's retirement in 1992. The band was stocked with some of the greatest musicians in Southern California, as a 1974 video from the show confirms. In it, Beverly Sills sings Manuel Ponce's beautiful ballad “Estrellita,” with just Bain playing a nylon-string guitar as accompaniment.
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By Jonny Whiteside | March 9, 2013
Bruce Forman, widely recognized as one of the top jazz guitarists in the world, has gotten off the straight-ahead path in recent years to follow what seems at first a highly unlikely alternate route: Western swing. Essentially a musical curiosity or historical footnote, the style was proposed and popularized by hot Texas fiddle-band leaders Milton Brown and Bob Wills in the early 1930s but was virtually extinct within three decades. Yet Forman - who was a member of Dizzy Gillespie's band and has worked with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Henderson and Barney Kessel - is an in-demand staple at international festivals and jazz clubs.
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By Kirk Silsbee | September 21, 2012
Selflessness is not a quality one often associates with artists. After all, creative people have their personal visions and usually spend their careers trying to get other people to help them realize those aspirations. Jazz guitarist John Pisano, known as a musician's musician, is universally regarded as an empathetic player. That collaborative gene has served the Los Angeles jazz community well. The weekly Guitar Night he's hosted will mark its 15th anniversary this Tuesday at Lucy's 51 in Toluca Lake.
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By Jonny Whiteside | August 31, 2012
Lucy's 51 is a classic Toluca Lake spot, one still haunted by the gently jiving spirits of high times and late nights long since past. This room on Riverside Drive has a formidable history: Its previous incarnation was venerable jazz club the Money Tree, a legendary joint where Hollywood musical giants like pianist Page Cavanaugh, trumpeter Jack Sheldon and drummer Earl Palmer bewitched audiences decades ago. It's also the spot where actor-jazz fan...
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By Kirk Silsbee | August 18, 2012
Some kind of poetic conjunction will occur when jazz singer Diane Hubka performs a recital at Pasadena Presbyterian Church Saturday. Though she works as the church's accountant, what makes the pairing compelling is her lovely sound set in a sanctuary known for its majestic high-ceilinged acoustics. Hubka has a medium-dynamic alto voice with an unmistakable sparkle. Her tone is bell-like in its clarity and her diction is impeccable. Listeners can understand her no matter how brisk the tempo of the music.
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