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Kirk Silsbee

  • Alon Nechushtan: Jazz music with Israeli roots

    3 weeks ago

    The history of jazz is rife with junctures where the music received an infusion of creative innovation from the far-flung provinces: Louis Armstrong turned Chicago on its ear in the 1920s; the Count Basie Orchestra and Charlie Parker hit New York in 1936 and 1941, respectively; and...

  • Photos capture numbers and words of Nazis’  Final Solution

    August 20, 2008 | 11:38 pm

    Every now and then, a momentous life chapter can be triggered by a seemingly insignificant occurrence. That's what happened to Dr. Richard Ehrlich on a plane a few years ago. The monotony of the flight was broken by skimming an issue of the International Herald Tribune. A small item...
  • Jazzman Frishberg charts own tuneful territory

    August 13, 2008 | 3:16 am

    One of the great joys of L.A. jazz, from the mid-1970s to the mid-'80s, was the blossoming of jazz pianist Dave Frishberg into a singer-songwriter of quirky, yet warmly satisfying, material. His tunes navigated a pathway that sidestepped melodramatic cabaret material on one hand and...

  • Jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen—so many roads

    July 23, 2008 | 3:46 pm

    Jazz stays vital by virtue of the young players who step up and bring something new to the music. One of the most delightful "arrivals" to the jazz world in the past several years is Israeli-born clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen, who performs a free concert Tuesday night at...
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  • Concerts celebrate Ash Grove’s golden legacy

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Ed Pearl, 70, silver-haired and feisty, will forever be associated with the Ash Grove, the folk club he opened 50 years ago with a $5,000 investment, despite the fact that the venue's been closed for a quarter century.

    "My life," Pearl said, "has been a series of fortuitous...

  • It’s the Swan Song for Hatikvah Music

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    On a recent afternoon, boxes were scattered around the floor of Hatikvah Music International on Fairfax Avenue. Stacks of CDs, piles of mailing envelopes and piles of boxes to be mailed threatened the barely discernible order of the store. Aside from owner Simon Rutberg and his...

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