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  • Jon Batiste and his Band Stay Human

    By Joy Bennett

    August 23, 2013 | 1:42 am

    Photo courtesy jonbatiste.com

    Sometimes in life you get lucky.  I was recently invited to see Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human the other night at Hotel Cafe, a small, hot Los Angeles nightspot that features outstanding singer/songwriters seven nights a week.  The venue...

  • Music’s past becomes present

    June 6, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    At 62, the boyishly enthusiastic jazz singer and songwriter Mark Winkler has the moxie and perspective to mine and enlarge the jazz elements of pop songs from the 1960s and ’70s. His latest, “The Laura Nyro Project” (Café Pacific), is his 12th album under his own name. Through it,...

  • Go Down Moses: Finding Kinship between the Jewish and African Slave Experience

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    May 14, 2013 | 9:25 am

    For my very last academic course before I graduate from Cal State Los Angeles, I decided to take a class on the history of African American music. So far, we have covered various types of genres of music such as gospel, blues, jazz, rock and roll and ragtime. I’ve learned about a...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 28, 2012 | 12:20 pm

    To describe Yoni Rechter in one paragraph would be impossible. Rechter is a brilliant musician and composer. His musical style, combining Jazz, Blues and classical Rock, created many songs so beautiful, they make the listener speechless. When I listen to Rechter's melodies, which...

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  • Cookies for a Koz: How mom’s cookies made a difference

    By Rebecca Steinberger

    August 15, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Audrey Koz was a pharmacist, but her best medicine was the love she baked into her chocolate chip cookies.

    “The cookies pack my mom’s magic in every bite,” said her daughter, Roberta Koz Wilson.

    They were so good, Audrey Koz credited her cookies for launching the musical...

  • Legal & Inspiring Thievery 101

    By Peter Himmelman

    August 8, 2012 | 11:01 am

    I got this question from Loretta Ruiz of Tempe, Arizona and it got me thinking about how far we need to go to stretch our imaginations and fire up our thought processes.

    “Peter, I consider myself a pretty accomplished songwriter except for one big problem. I find it extremely...

  • FREE SUMMER FUN

    By Annie Korzen

    June 29, 2011 | 1:18 pm

    HITTING THE STACKS
    Libraries are the biggest cultural bargain around.  Not only do they offer books, magazines, CDs, videos, and internet access, but they have lectures, exhibits, classes, and special events for kids.
    I take advantage of the system right in my home office. Let’s...

  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through Feb. 2009

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    December 10, 2008 | 3:04 pm

    ALTTEXT

    Robert Dowd -- Pop Art Money -- See Jan.17 listing

    DECEMBER

    Fri., Dec. 12
    "Laemmle Through the Decades: 1938-2008, 70 Years in 7 Days." It must have been an extraordinarily difficult task to select only seven films to represent the rich and diverse history of the Laemmle Theatres...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Oct. 25-31: Jerusalem Symphony, Der Golem, Das Jazz, El Vote

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    October 24, 2008 | 4:28 pm

    SAT | OCTOBER 25


    (THEATER)
    A German expressionist film miraculously melds a Halloween mood with a talmudic rabbi and the Prague ghetto. "Der Golem: Wie Er in die Welt Kam" ("The Golem: How He Came Into the World") tells the legend of a clay figurine created by a rabbi to save the...

  • ‘Mission’ accomplished for hybrid composer Lalo Schifrin—with new book and CD

    September 17, 2008 | 10:49 pm

    As a recent Sunday afternoon interview wound down, composer Lalo Schifrin got up from the couch in his Beverly Hills studio and went over to a baby grand. Launching into Ravel's "Valses Nobles et Sentimentales," then into two jazz standards, "Cherokee" and "Israel," he effortlessly...
  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through November 2008

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 3:22 am

    SEPTEMBER

    Fri., Sept. 12
    "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People." Angelenos can explore the legacy of one of the Catholic Church's most beloved popes in a new Skirball Cultural Center exhibition. Through artifacts, photographs and audiovisual recordings...
  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Aug. 30-Sept. 5: Painting, a benefit, jazz, flies

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    August 28, 2008 | 9:46 pm

    SAT | AUGUST 30

    (ART)

    East-West issues are the focus of Sundaram Tagore Gallery's newest exhibition, "Dimensions of Color," which showcases the talents of artists representing Korea, Japan, India and Uzbekistan, as well as Israeli-born artist Nathan Slate Joseph. Joseph treats...

  • Jazzman Frishberg charts own tuneful territory

    By Kirk Silsbee

    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...

  • Paul Shapiro’s ‘vout’ mishegoss

    August 7, 2008 | 1:02 am

    In 1945, the hippest Hollywood nightlife destination was Billy Berg's, on the corner of Vine and DeLongpre.

    A tall, suave black man named Slim Gaillard, who favored pinstripe suits, held court there. Black entertainers were seldom booked west of Western Avenue in those days, and...

  • Jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen—so many roads

    By Kirk Silsbee

    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...
  • AUDIO: Al Jolson stars as ‘The Jazz Singer’—Lux Radio Theatre 1947

    By The Web Guy

    July 6, 2008 | 5:06 pm

    From The Radio Hall of Fame:

    “Lux…presents Hollywood!”

    These words introduced broadcast radio’s biggest and most important dramatic program. For two decades, The Lux Radio Theatre presented radio versions of movie attractions, current or coming, while the biggest names in...

  • Jazz: Made in New Orleans

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    It's 2 a.m., and there's a crowd on St. Peter's Street in New Orleans' French Quarter; people are waiting to see the Stanton Moore Trio play Preservation Hall.

    Midnight and early morning shows during Jazzfest are part of a new tradition initiated by Benjamin Jaffe, Preservation...

  • MUSIC VIDEO: ‘Who’s Yehudi?’ 1943 ‘Soundie’

    By The Web Guy

    May 22, 2008 | 10:36 pm

    Ms. Lane Truesdale is on vocals and shimmy in this 1943 “soundie,” an early video jukebox format.

    The title comes from a running joke on radio based on the name of violinist Yehudi Menuhin.

    This video is now in the public domain.

    Careful viewers will notice the video is reversed right-to-left, as the original format required a mirror for projection.

     

  • Trumpeter gives cantorial classics fusion makeover

    By Eric Herschthal

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Ten years ago, this would not have been: Steven Bernstein, a jazz trumpeter whose most popular bands include the Sex Mob and a Kansas City-style big band, leading a group playing jazz-inflected cantorial tunes. But at a recent Sunday night gig at the Jazz Standard in New York,...
  • Eight Jewish albums hit high notes in ‘07

    By George Robinson

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    At the risk of sounding like Walter Cronkite, what kind of a year has it been in Jewish music?

    It's been a very good year, though you wouldn't know it from this annual compilation of five-star records -- there are only eight this year, the fewest in the decade I've been doing this....

  • Master of musical fusion blends klezmer with salsa

    By Roberto Loiederman

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    These days, the world is constantly getting smaller, and musical styles don't respect national or traditional boundaries. Matisyahu, for example, has made a name for himself by fusing Eastern European Chasidic strains with Jamaican reggae.

    At the Skirball recently, Chango Spasiuk...

  • Producer/musician’s journey brings him home

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Producer, songwriter and musician Larry Klein is having a good year. In a way, one could say his current success is the culmination of a process of recontextualizing his background, his experience, his talents and his interests.

    Two records he produced have just been released on...

  • Sitcom superstars, sultry songstresses, literary diamonds

    By Dikla Kadosh

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Bob Saget will forever be remembered as Danny Tanner from "Full House." Now, instead of guiding the household with his wise advice and calm demeanor, Saget is exposing the sitcom family's sexual exploits on cable television. "Bob Saget: That Ain't Right" was taped in front...
  • Swingin’ Chanukah with Kenny Ellis; The Klezmatics at the Disney; Three More Tenors

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 16th

    To our knowledge, only one man can claim all of the following titles: writer, director, actor, comedian and Dixieland jazz clarinetist. Artist of all trades Woody Allen focuses tonight on that latter occupation. He and his crew, a.k.a. Woody Allen and his New...

  • Arts in LA

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    DECEMBER

    Sat., Dec. 9

    "Jamaica, Farewell." Jamaica Cultural Alliance benefit performance of the one-woman show, written and performed by Debra Ehrhardt, about her bold escape from revolution-torn Jamaica in the early 1980s. Post-performance reception with Jamaican specialties and...

  • Versatile Israeli Violinist Gains ‘Dream’ Hip-Hop Hit

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Perusing the hot R & B/Rap Billboard charts, one does not expect to see a red-headed Israeli artist -- replete with a classic "Jewfro" mop of curls -- represented by the No. 3 song. Then again, one does not expect that spot to be filled by a violin-dominated musical number with no...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, July 15
    Pretty Charlize Theron plays chairwoman for Los Angeles Free Clinic's ninth annual "Extravaganza for the Senses." The food and wine event features tastes from some 40 local restaurants -- ranging from high-end Angelini Osteria to lower-end but highly tasty...

  • Dad’s Gone, but His Melody Lingers On

    By Howard Blume

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When a person is slightly famous mostly for one thing, that thing becomes the one thing about him when he dies. So it was that Dave Blume, my father, over and over again in late March was noted as the composer of that likably odd 1966 hit, "Turn Down Day," a pop turn on what began as...

  • Show Celebrates Spectrum of Arlen Songs

    By Tom Tugend

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It'll be nostalgia time at the Ford Amphitheatre when Harold Arlen's greatest tunes come alive again for the concert "The Wonderful Wizard of Song."

    The show's title is a not-so-subtle allusion to "The Wizard of Oz," which featured Arlen's Oscar-winning hit, "Over the Rainbow."

    A...

  • Jazz and Classical in Perfect Harmony

    By Andrew Rosenblum

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Throughout his career, musician Uri Caine has gambled that he could find a niche in unconventional musical settings -- and he's usually won. His body of work includes hard-swinging jazz, contemporary imaginings of Jewish musical themes and controversial reworkings of hallowed...

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