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14th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party Set Feb. 12-16

14th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party Set Feb. 12-16

Upcoming on Valentine’s Day weekend,eb.13-16, will be the 14th annual Newport Beach Jazz Party at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Orange county, California,featuring over 70 musicians playing “Right Down The Middle And Straight Ahead” Jazz. Among the highlights this year is a Salute to Jazz at the Philharmonic which toured decades ago, a ...


Gary Smulyan & Dominic Chianese: Bella Napoli

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Some concepts that seem far out, turn out to be right on. That is the case of the unlikely musical combination which comes together in the entertaining CD Bella Napoli--a salute to popular Italian song classics. Two greats pull this all together: acclaimed poll winner Gary Smulyan on baritone sax and actor-singer Dominic Chianese, well known ...


Bob Mover: My Heart Tells Me

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Jazz saxophone veteran Bob Mover has put together a very satisfying two-disc release, My Heart Tell Me, with both swinging instrumentals and his very effective,unadorned vocals. Disc one has Mover mostly singing standards in soft pensive fashion, bringing to mind Nat Cole, as well as Chet Baker, his early-days cohort. Standouts on this ...


Monterey Jazz Festival 2013

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Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey, California September 28-30, 2013 Like a lavish banquet, one can't indulge in the whole spread, but only savor favorites. That was the case with the lineup at the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival which ran at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Northern California. Topping the ...


Outlook Great For Orange County (CA) Jazz Fans For Upcoming 2013-14 Season

In Southern California, Orange County’s jazz fans have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming 2013-14 season. Events begin September 17 at Segerstom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club showcasing the magical music of Cuba. The club presents some of Cuba’s finest jazz artists: singer–Omara Portuondo, guitarist Eliades Ochoa, ...


Michel Camilo: What's Up

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Jazz piano virtuoso Michel Camilo is known for his bombastic technique. For example, after a set at the Monterey Jazz Festival a couple of years ago, I stuck around and talked to the piano-tuner hired to rejuvenate the strings. He stood shaking his head in dismay after Camilo's hard driving workout, which had been a crowd-pleaser. ...


Summer Jazz Series Set In Newport Beach, California

Sunset Jazz at Newport, featuring straight- ahead jazz performed by top jazz performers, begins July 10 and will continue through ll nights, concluding Sept. 18. All this at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel on the Pacific in Southern California. The concerts take place in the hotel's outside Rose Garden with guests seated at tables. Each Wednesday ...


From Germany, Max Raabe Orchestra to Appear at L.A.' s Disney Hall on April 8

From Germany, Max Raabe Orchestra to Appear at L.A.' s Disney Hall on April 8

By Larry Taylor Max Raabe & Palast Orchester from Germany make its Walt Disney Concert Hall debut on Wednesday evening, April 10, performing songs from and in the style of the 1920s and 1930s. With debonair charm and wit, Raabe and his orchestra unveil a brand new program, I WON'T DANCE, which includes classics from the ...


Newport Beach Jazz Party: Newport Beach, CA, February 14-17, 2013

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Newport Beach Jazz PartyNewport Beach, CAFebruary 14-17, 2013Thursday was Valentine's Day and the kickoff for the 13th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party at the Marriott Hotel, Southern California. This four-day event combined two holidays, Valentine's & President's Weekend, bringing together some 70 great musicians, playing day and night--evening concerts in the Grand Pacific ...


Grace Kelly: Grace Kelly: Live at Scullers

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Grace Kelly is indeed a prodigy on alto sax, having made her first recording at 12. Two years ago, at 18, her sixth album was released The Man with the Hat (Pazz Productions), a collaboration with the renowned Phil Woods on alto. That CD turned up the spotlight on her genius, bringing her increased ...


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