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.
July 31, 2002
Paul Andersen It's the quintessential California summer evening, and Joyce Cooling is riding it to the hilt. "I've got my brother in from out of town, and a bunch of us are just tripping down the back alleys in Chinatown," she said over her cell phone from San Francisco. City noises spew out of the background. Cooling, one of the preeminent artists in the world of smooth jazz, will appear Sunday night at the Starlight Bowl, sharing the bill with keyboardist Jeff Lorber.
November 20, 1999
Anh Nguyen NORTH HOLLYWOOD -- It was a lesson in music. Twelve musically inclined Burbank High School students attended the final rehearsal for David Koz's Third Annual Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour Thursday as part the "GRAMMY Sessions," educational program. The program is sponsored by the GRAMMY Foundation, a nonprofit arm of the Recording Academy, which cultivates understanding and appreciation of music and arts. They Burbank students were joined at Third Encore Studios by students from Westchester High School in Los Angeles.
July 15, 2000
Paul Andersen Animated instrumental music. Ask Larry Tuttle, one of the four members of the Freeway Philharmonic, to describe the group's music, and that is one of the descriptions you will get. It's probably as good an answer as any. "Yeah, our music draws from more influences than it should," he laughs when trying to explain the essence of this eclectic group. "Pop, folk, jazz, classical -- it's all there." Members of Freeway Phil, as their friends and fans call them, are a marketer's nightmare but an audience's delight.
August 3, 2002
The lush landscape and vivid colors found at Descanso Gardens are an inspiration for actress Angela Cartwright. A photographer since her parents gave her a Nikon camera on her 16th birthday, she now creates hand-painted photographs, enhancing black-and-white images by applying transparent oil paint. Following a successful career in television ("The Danny Thomas Show" and "Lost in Space") and movies ("The Sound of Music,") she took some time off to raise her children.
October 17, 2009
Going to Panera Bread in Glendale is like putting on your favorite jacket on a chilly autumn day. It?s warm, it goes with everything, and you feel good wearing it. You can trust that a meal at Panera will be comforting and good for you, the ambience will be warm and welcoming, and the experience will be relatively painless (sometimes, in life, the zipper does get stuck). Panera is a little like a modern cafeteria in that you order your food in one area and have it delivered in another.
August 9, 2008
Jazz bassist Richard J. Frank of the band Present Tense is riding a wave of euphoria after hearing from a friend that one of the band’s songs was played this week on a Southern California radio station. The song “Smooth Talkin,” the title track on the group’s recently released CD, was played on KKJZ-FM (88.1) based on the campus of Cal State Long Beach. It is a major breakthrough for the group that has been trying for some time to crack the Los Angeles radio market, said Frank, a Burbank resident.
June 24, 2000
Joyce Rudolph, Weekend Take a stroll through the Burbank Street Festival this weekend for unique arts and crafts, live bands and international food and desserts. The fun begins today along San Fernando Boulevard in the Burbank Village from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and continues from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be two stages featuring live bands, such as Burbank High School graduate Erik Byak playing smooth jazz, and retrospective acts like Revolution -- a Beatles' tribute band, for those who prefer classic rock 'n' roll.