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Jazz Legend Ron Cater at Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles 7/24-26 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 20 July 2014

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Ron Carter's dexterity and harmonic sophistication on the bass have few rivals in the history of jazz. In addition to the bass, he has also employed both the cello and the piccolo bass (a downsized bass pitched somewhere between cello and contrabass), one of the first musicians to use those instruments in jazz settings.  He remains the most original, prolific, and  influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy. The Ron Cater Trio performs atCatalina Jazz Club on Thursday, July 24th through Saturday, July 26th.

The Jeff Ballard Power Trio Opens New Worlds at SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab PDF Print
Written by Ken Vermes   
Sunday, 22 June 2014

Jeff Ballard (photo Ken Vermes)

Who would have known that the young man banging on drums downstairs in my old Noe Valley neighborhood would have advanced to be one of the great percussionists in jazz? And who would have thought that, after years on the road with Brad Mehldau, he would be opening the new season at SFJAZZ in the Joe Henderson Lab room with his new band on with two searing sets of trio jazz?

LA Beat: Mike Price Jazz Orchestra at Typhoon Restaurant Perform Ellington/Strayhorn PDF Print
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Mike Price (photo: Aron Kremer)

Trumpeter/flugelhornist and conductor Mike Price brought his super talented band back to Typhoon Restaurant at Santa Monica Airport Monday, May 19th for their fifth visit.  His musical ensemble was formed in Japan in 1999 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Duke Ellington's birth.  Price spends a good part of each year performing in Japan, but also comes home a good part each year to work as well.    

Grace Kelly in Free Concert at Los Angeles County Museum of Art June 6th PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Grace Kelly Andrea Canter

Saxophonist, composer, and vocalist Grace Kelly has attracted audiences with her proficiency, creativity, and growth. At only 21 years old, Kelly has already shared the stage with legendary artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Phil Woods, and Harry Connick, Jr. in concerts around the world. In 2013, DownBeat Critics Poll named her one of the "alto saxophone rising stars," the youngest artist ever named in the poll. Grace will present a free concert at theLos Angeles County Museum of Art on Friday, June 6th at 8:00 pm.  This concert is presented as part of Jazz at LACMA taking place every Friday through November.

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