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 Thursday, 02 October 2014
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Freda Payne CD Release and Birthday Celebration at Catalina Jazz Club PDF Print
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Freda Payne and friends, L.to R: actor James Pickens Jr., Freda Payne, Quincy Jones and actor Justin Chambers(photo - The Stander Group)
 

I did not know much about Freda Payne.  She has had a long and impressive career of many years and made a Gold Record in 1970, “Band of Gold.”  She started out singing at age 14 in Detroit, MI, beginning by sitting in with some very good big bands.  Her career naturally grew as time went on.  At age 17 she was invited to sing with Duke Ellington’s band in New York City, which she did for a short while, although not wanting to go on the road then, she didn’t continue. She is also a fine actress and has been in several notable movies.

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NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi Returns to Los Angeles, Cathlene Pineda Opens 9/26 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 21 September 2014

Toshiko Akiyoshi
Toshiko Akiyoshi

Toshiko Akiyoshi’s unique contributions to the jazz world started with a piano-loving little Japanese girl in China and brought her to prominence as an unparalleled pianist, composer and leader of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, which began in Los Angeles. Toshiko’s recordings have received a total of 14 Grammy Award nominations, and she was the first woman to win the Best Arranger and Composer awards in Down Beat magazine's Readers Poll. The Toshiko Akiyoshi appears in trio format with bassist Paul Gill and drummer Aarron Kimmel on Friday, September 26th at REDCAT in Los Angeles. Opening this evening's double bill is emerging pianist/composer Cathlene Pineda with her quartet. Her unique approach to harmony makes her a fresh and innovative contribution to the Los Angeles jazz scene.

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The Ray Brown Tribute Trio Featuring Larry Fuller, Jeff Hamilton and Christoph Luty PDF Print
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   
Thursday, 04 September 2014

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Ray Brown Tribute Trio (L-R) Jeff Hamilton, Larry Fuller and Chris Luty (photo Art Pazornik)

A special tribute to the late, great Ray Brown was put together beautifully by drummer great Jeff Hamilton on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Newport Sunset Concerts at the Marriott Hotel.  This special trio is made up of Larry Fuller (piano), Christoph Luty (bass) and Hamilton (on drums).  All three are familiar with Ray Brown and his music compositions.  What was nice was that each of them took turns not only announcing the tunes, but sharing pertinent information about each tune, including for whom it was originally written or who first played it. Earlier in their careers,  Hamilton and Fuller spent a lot of time with Ray Brown’s trio, and memories of their days with Brown continue to inform their playing.       

 

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Jazz Bakery Presents Tom Harrell's "Colors of a Dream" Sextet PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 17 August 2014

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Tom Harrell Andrea Canter


Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and dynamic jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time.   Colors of a Dream , Harrell’s latest creation, will performon Thursday, August 21st at 8:00 p.m. at Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  Harrell takes his piano-less concept one step further with this sextet featuring alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, bassist - vocalist Esperanza Spalding and quintet members tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Johnthan Bkake.

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