| Jan 20, 2011
| 12:01 PM
Louis B. Mayer warned anyone who made a movie at MGM: "Be smart, but never show it."
The still-subversive thrill of "Sweet Smell of Success" — an independent production released through United Artists — is that it's unabashedly smart in every...
| Sep 9, 2012
| 4:22 AM
A jazz guitar great who has pushed the boundaries of the genre will play a free concert at an area college this week. John Abercrombie, who over a career of 40 years has released nearly 50 albums and played with......
| Mar 16, 2012
| 9:42 AM
One of the best jazz re-issues from last year was Columbia/Legacy's Live in Europe 1967, a 3-CD/DVD package that captured Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet — Davis, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter and...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 10:40 AM
Selflessness is not a quality one often associates with artists. After all, creative people have their personal visions and usually spend their careers trying to get other people to help them realize those aspirations. Jazz guitarist John Pisano, known as...
| Sep 22, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Buddy Collette, the legendary jazz musician who died in Los Angeles on Sunday at 89, both profited from and contributed to the rich midcentury jazz scene along Los Angeles' Central Avenue. Playing the saxophone before he entered his teens, Collette......
| Sep 27, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Charles Lloyd rested his tenor saxophone at one point at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center on Saturday night and told the audience his younger quartet mates were "the best musicians in the world." The tribute raised a grateful smile......
| Jan 15, 2010
Jazz drummer Ed Thigpen, who often was described as "Mr. Taste" for his sensitive accompaniment of instrumentalists and singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell and Billy Taylor, died Wednesday at Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen. He was...
| Sep 21, 2010
Buddy Collette, a Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist, flautist, bandleader and educator who played important roles in Los Angeles jazz as a musician and an advocate for the rights of African American musicians, has died. He was 89.
Collette died Sunday at...
| Jan 1, 2009
Bernie Hamilton, an actor best known for playing the no-nonsense police captain on the popular 1970s TV series "Starsky and Hutch," has died. He was 80.
Hamilton, the brother of jazz drummer Chico Hamilton, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday night at Cedars-...
| May 25, 2008
THE GREAT jazz drummer Elvin Jones carried on a constant musical conversation with John Coltrane. It inspired me to have that kind of dialogue with Jim Morrison. Not that I was in Elvin's league, but his courage gave me the "huevos" to stop the steady...
| Jun 24, 2008
"Largo" the movie is a lot like Largo the club. The lighting is low, its attention is 100% on the performers and it doesn't make things easy for its customers.
"I don't really know what the audience would be," says the film's producer and co-director,...