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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.
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...
August 30, 2003
Four female choreographers from different backgrounds -- Midwestern, Western, Japanese and African-American -- explore jazz/modern dance styles in the final segment of "Split: Dance In and Out of L.A." tonight at The Alex Theatre. Eisenhower Dance Ensemble from Rochester, Mich., is the visiting company. Directed by Laurie Eisenhower, the group will perform "Stop," featuring aggressive and innovative partnering, and "Trilogy," inspired by different biblical references.
February 7, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH Spanish guitar, Gypsy violin and tango accordion create a lively blend of music that has touches of classic flamenco, Latin and jazz. Trio Norte will perform this exciting sound during a concert presented by the Glendale Community Concert Assn., at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Glendale High School. Season tickets are $45, $12 for those younger than 18. A ticket to the Glendale concerts allows free admission to community concerts in other areas.
By Joyce Rudolph | March 7, 2007
Some 82-year-olds settle into their rocking chairs and sing the blues about their aches and pains. But Linda Hopkins prefers to rock the house while singing blues favorites twice a month at Revo Art and Jazz Café in Glendale. The veteran actress has made a career of cabaret singing and in December Revo owner Henry Kazarian invited her to start a talent night on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. "I'm trying to build up and get young artists known," Hopkins said. "And get people here looking for good talent."
April 16, 2003
The Kiwanis Club of Glendale is coordinating talent for its third annual Glendale Jazz Festival on June 28 at Glendale Community College, 1500 N. Verdugo Road. Nineteen bands are scheduled to perform on six stages under the theme "A World of Jazz." The festival is from noon to 11 p.m. A rich mixture of well-balanced jazz sounds is planned from smooth and blues, straight-ahead and Latin, traditional Dixieland and popular 1940s and 1950s swing bands, organizers said.
By Brian McGackin | July 15, 2009
It may have been hot outside Saturday night, but inside Glendale’s Luna Playhouse it was an evening as cool as the smooth jazz Phyllis Chang and her band was playing. Chang, a singer-songwriter native to Los Angeles, kept her audience from worrying too much about the heat as she serenaded them with a mix of jazz and pop classics, as well as a few of her own original tunes. “My music is very personal,” Chang said. “I try to write things that are beautiful and from my heart.
By Jeff Klemzak | June 7, 2008
First-time filmmakers Doug McIntyre and his wife, Penny Peyser, have put together, apart from a few technical flaws, a rousing documentary about jazzman Jack Sheldon that is funny, sad and entertaining, and one that will hold your interest for the entire hour-and-a-half running time. McIntyre and Peyser have strung together old photos, Super-8 film and modern video techniques to bring ?Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon? together, and the result is a real hoot for the audience.
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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