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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.
By Joyce Rudolph | February 3, 2010
In keeping with the purpose of the Brand Library, a place to find materials related to art and music, officials believed a two-week jazz series would be a cool fit. The idea for the series grew out of a meeting with jazz portrait photographer Bob Barry, who had all the connections for putting together panel discussions, film screenings and a jazz concert. The series, featuring an exhibition of his work, kicks off Saturday and continues through Feb. 19. Planning the two-week event are Alyssa Resnick, senior library supervisor, and Cathy Billings, art librarian and gallery manager.
By Joyce Rudolph | February 9, 2008
Frank Macchia, an orchestrator for the film industry, had forgotten when the Grammy nominations were to be announced, so he got the surprise of his life when a friend called to give him the good news. The Burbank resident is up for his first Grammy for “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” on his CD “Emotions,” which was nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement. “I was flabbergasted to find out I had made it,” said Macchia, 49, a former Glendale resident.
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.
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.
By Hassahn Liggins | May 30, 2009
When musicians think of jazz, they might concentrate on its intricate, propulsive rhythms, or the improvisatory, virtuosic solos. Perhaps they prefer to consider the pure melodic freedom and complexity of the music. The average person on the other hand, usually equates jazz with a mood, a feeling, a certain kind of cool. On Tuesday evening in Glendale, on the ever so popular boulevard of Brand, a talented jazz trio by the name of Thelonious Dub gave the patrons at Jax Bar & Grill an interesting blend of mood and sound.
By David Laurell | June 30, 2010
  The sun, just beginning to dip behind Buena Vista Branch Library's Lincoln Park, cast a golden hue over the grassy amphitheater — its reflection sparkling in the tinted lenses of the glasses worn by jazz pianist and vocalist Roger Harrison . Robert Robak and his wife, Elaine , were dancing to Harrison's rendition of the Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer 1962 film theme, "The Days of Wine and Roses," while ...
December 27, 2000
Paul Andersen, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- Salt Lake City is not exactly considered a hotbed of jazz -- unless, of course, you're talking about basketball. Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz are one of the most recognizable names the city has. But occasionally, Utah jazz can actually refer to the music. In Karen Hernandez's case, it is a matter of roots, of where it all began -- in the jazz clubs of Salt Lake City, where the pianist began playing at the tender age of 15. "Both my parents loved jazz, and they both played piano," the Burbank resident said recently while preparing for a night's work at Monteleone's West in Tarzana.
June 6, 2001
Joyce Rudolph Horace Heidt Jr. Orchestra headlines July 4 concert BURBANK -- To celebrate the Fourth of July, the city of Burbank will present "Bursting Out With Red, White and Blue!" at the Starlight Bowl featuring headliner the Horace Heidt Jr. Orchestra. Also on the bill are the All American Boys Chorus and The Jokesters. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends with the aerial fireworks at 9. The patriotic event kicks off the bowl summer season.
July 6, 2005
Rosette Gonzales The Swingin' Sounds from Downtown will once again fill the summer air in Burbank with sweet sounds of jazz. The weekly concert series returns Thursday for its second year with dancing lessons at 6 p.m. and live music at 7 p.m. Thursdays through August in the AMC Plaza at San Fernando Boulevard and Palm Avenue. "People last year had the best time, and everyone was down there learning how to dance swing," said Amy Rebman, assistant Downtown manager.
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