| Aug 21, 2012
| 4:26 PM
While some had no choice but to stand due to a sell-out, standing-room-only house, even those with seats at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre took to their feet in a standing ovation following the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre’s “Dance in the...
| Aug 26, 2012
| 7:00 AM
The Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre's presentation of “Dance in the USA” at the John Anson Ford Theatre on Aug. 17 was sometimes whimsical, other times inspiring and, a few times, a bit lackluster.
However, overall, the Burbank dance company'...
| Aug 25, 2012
| 4:50 PM
Hallelujah, on Wednesday morning I awoke to a cool and refreshing beginning to the day. At last the oppressive heat wave we had been experiencing had broken.
I know that our hot days are only at bay for a little while, but what a delight it was to...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 9:28 AM
Get Jewish cantors to huddle with Duke Ellington and Louie Armstrong. What would they come up with?
Maybe something like "Jazz Wisdom Spirit," a concert planned for Sept. 9 in Delray Beach. Created by a rabbi and a music professor, the concert will set...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 3:04 PM
CHANHASSEN, Minn.— Prince is rolling his eyes.
"The hardest thing with musicians," he explains to a visitor to his Paisley Park recording studio, "is getting them not to play."
The quintuple-threat singer-songwriter-producer-performer-multi-...
| May 30, 2012
| 8:22 AM
The folk music world is in mourning today with news of Doc Watson's death. The North Carolina guitarist and singer died Tuesday in Winston-Salem. He was 89.
As evidenced by the thousands who make the pilgrimage Wilkesboro, N.C., to attend Watson's...
| Oct 8, 2012
| 9:35 AM
Fairfield University has got a couple of interesting shows happening at the Quick Center this week. First, on Friday, FU music program director Brian Torff leads a band of jazz professors (called the Jazz Professors) in a fresh interpretation of Duke...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 3:57 PM
Gustav "Gus" Baer, a retired executive and certified public accountant who had a second career as a pianist entertaining Nordstrom shoppers with his spirited renditions of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin classics, died Oct. 9 of a...
| Oct 26, 2012
With a bounce in his step, Melton Mustafa strode onto the stage of Miami's Joseph Caleb Auditorium. The audience at September's Sunshine Jazz Organization's 25th anniversary gala cheered warmly, as the Liberty City-raised trumpeter and bandleader took his...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 3:15 PM
Children in my neighborhood were constantly being orphaned. You go out one afternoon to play, and bam! Your parents are dead in a car accident and you are forced to live in a tree fort of your own making, eating blackberries and otherwise sharpening...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 8:04 AM
Todo empezó con un almuerzo de arroz con frijoles (o porotos, como los llaman en Paraguay).
Berta Rojas, una destacada guitarrista clásica paraguaya, le envió tímidamente un e-mail a Paquito D'Rivera para indagar si éste escucharía su propuesta, y el...