November 12, 2008
S tan Kenton big band lovers were out in force at the Brand Library & Art Center's free special event on Saturday. The Recital Hall was standing room only as some 85 patrons listened to Kenton biographer Steven D. Harris present "The Artistry of Stan Kenton" in lecture, music and films. Kenton led his bands from the 1940s through the '70s. Glendale fans included Barbara and Bernard Schnipper , Vic Kalaba , Richard Sowby , Glen Roberts and wife Naomi Parry . Also out for an afternoon at the Brand Library were Hyunah and Jimmy Cho and daughter Liz Cho , 15 months old. Child psychologist Dr. Glen Roberts, founder of the Glen Roberts Child Study Center in Glendale, had fond memories of playing string bass in the Stan Kenton band for a month in 1953.
April 14, 2001
Molly Shore DOWNTOWN -- In the early '50s, before rock 'n' roll revolutionized the country, a different musical sound hit American airwaves. It was the unique style of the Four Freshmen -- a jazz vocal quartet composed of first-year music students from Butler University in Indianapolis. The quartet -- which originally consisted of Hal Kratzsch, Ross Barbour, Ross's brother Don Barbour and their cousin, Bob Flanigan -- sang four-part harmony with a twist.
May 19, 2007
Glen Roberts performed big band music during its heyday in the 1940s and fondly remembers getting the chance to play with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. "I traveled for a month with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and it was a dream come true," the Burbank resident said. "He was my hero in high school and college." They played all the great clubs of the time, most notably the Blue Note, one of the top clubs in Chicago, he said. Roberts has continued to play his string bass over the years while building a career in child psychology.
June 20, 2001
Molly Shore ADELAIDE F. (POOKIE) NIMITZ-FACTOR Adelaide F. (Pookie) Nimitz-Factor, 68, died June 7, 2001, in Burbank. Born May 2, 1933, she grew up in Washington, D.C., before moving to California in the late 1950s and to Burbank in 1989. Nimitz-Factor's first marriage was to alto saxophone player Jack Nimitz. She started out as a chorus girl, then became a jazz vocalist touring with Stan Kenton when her husband played in Kenton's band. Locally, she performed at Dante's, Chadney's The Money Tree and The Baked Potato.
November 1, 2003
Tim Willert Three longtime Burbank Realtors are believed to be among five people killed in a plane crash in the desert outside of Needles, friends and family confirmed Friday. Although San Bernardino County Coroner's officials had not identified the bodies late Friday, those close to Bob Brown, Bart Caldarell and Bonnie Day said Brown was the owner and pilot of the downed plane and that Caldarell and Day were passengers. "We all know that they were on it," Cathy Whitaker, Caldarell's daughter, said Friday.
April 24, 2010
A celebration of the arts and conservation will come together at the seventh annual Downtown Burbank Arts Festival this weekend. Showing their skills will be about 100 professional artists exhibiting in tandem with local schools’ visual and performing arts groups. Rhonda Mills of West Coast Artists is coordinating the professionals who will show everything from paintings and sculpture to jewelry, fiber art and stained glass. The twice-a-year festival showcases contemporary artists and craftsmen in the fall and in spring, and starting in 2008, emerging artists with the Burbank Arts and Education Foundation were added.
May 26, 2007
Send DATEBOOK items to 221 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 200, Glendale, CA 91203 or fax to (818) 241-1975. Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. TODAY The Los Angeles Ballet will perform three works by master choreographer George Balanchine at 7:30 p.m. at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Company artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary have titled the performance "An Evening of Balanchine" and it will showcase three different moods.
July 24, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH The Fab Four celebrates the 40th anniversary year of the Beatles' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" with a concert Sunday at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank. It's the boys' fourth annual visit to the outdoor venue and, to make it more of a multimedia experience this year, they're bringing a video screen where they will show clips from those memorable days when Beatlemania swept the nation. There will also be some special lighting effects on stage, said Ron McNeil, who plays the role of John Lennon.