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August 18, 2001
Young Chang Jumping into a scene where everybody seemed to be swinging, where every other band seemed to take root in the happy-go-lucky, Americana-style of swing and big-band music, members of Zoot Suit Revue came up with a gimmick. Metal, shine and flash. The sextet wears Zoot suits that band members admit look just "crazy." In everything from metallic fuchsia to a greasy royal blue, the costumes echo a free-spirited rebellion from 60 years ago, when playing or dancing to swing could get you in trouble, especially in Europe.
NEWS
May 26, 2000
Claudia Figueroa The sound took Newport Beach by storm in the 1930s, when legendary bandleaders like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and the Dorsey brothers introduced the world to a new musical era--as well as unique dance trends. As tastes changed over the years, however, the music died down. But the big-band era will return to Newport-Mesa on Sunday, when radio station KLAC-AM (570) kicks off the summer with a benefit dance. KLAC's morning personalities Charlie Tuna, Fran Tunno and Bill Nesbitt will host the four-hour event at the Doubletree Hotel in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
January 4, 2003
Jennifer K Mahal John Clayton walked into his first band class in junior high and saw an instrument that could be fun. "I said, 'Wow, could I play that,'" the co-founder of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra remembers. "The band teacher wrote down my name and wrote down 'tuba.'" That would have been that, except that as Clayton walked out of the room, he saw four "gorgeous" instruments standing on end. He asked if he could change his choice.
NEWS
August 14, 2001
The Los Angeles Jazz Institute will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Stan Kenton Orchestra Aug. 23 with an evening of jazz at the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach. Alumni of the Kenton orchestra will perform their Big Band hits to celebrate the group's "New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm" era. Bill Holman and Bill Russo will lead the band and soloists from around the country, including Charlie Mariano and Carl Fontana. General admission is $50 but reserved seating will cost $100.
NEWS
August 28, 2002
Young Chang Expect more than a culinary buffet at this year's Taste of Newport in September. With Big Bad Voodoo Daddy headlining Friday's entertainment, Kool and the Gang on Saturday and Michael McDonald on Sunday, visitors to the 14th annual street fair can fill their plate with a lil' bit of swing, a side of disco and a slice of classic rock for dessert. "Each year, we want to give people who come to Taste of Newport a good mix of music, and staying with that formula has worked for so long for us," said Doug Stuckey, spokesman for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
July 26, 2001
Danette Goulet FAIRGROUNDS -- There's the Shag, the Lindy Hop, the Jitterbug -- all of styles of swing dancing that originated in the 1930s. So why, 70 years later, is there nightly swing dancing at the Orange County Fair? "Like my dad always said, 'All the good stuff is coming back,"' said Danny Hamamoto, 19. Hamamoto and his dance partner, Cathleen Nguyen, 17, drew a crowd of their own as they danced to the sounds of Big Band 2000, which performs at that the Orange County Fair nightly.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Adriana Sellers | June 23, 2008
Concerts in the park will be starting up again in Costa Mesa on July 8, meaning plenty of blankets and picnic baskets on the lawn at Fairview Park as the community gathers to see some diverse musical acts. This will be the ninth summer Costa Mesa has sponsored the concert series. Bands performing this time around will play classic rock, Latin/classical guitar, Oldies/rock and steel drum/Caribbean. Concerts will start at 6:15 p.m. and are free to the public. Food vendors and face painters are also expected to join the musicians, and games and activities will be set up on the premises.
NEWS
August 4, 2001
Young Chang Remember "Swingers?" The dark little dives actor Jon Favreau and his crew hung out in and the music that filled your memory of the film? That's what Royal Crown Revue is all about. In fact, Favreau wrote "Swingers" from his experiences at the Derby -- a 1920s Hollywood club that has been a regular Revue performance venue for almost 10 years. The band's style is something along the lines of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly meets Chris Isaac meets Roy Orbison," as drummer Daniel Glass said, and its audience draws everyone from older generation jazz-devotees to teens jumping into the retro-jazz scene.
NEWS
November 26, 1999
Kenny G performs holiday concert at The Center Saxophonist Kenny G will perform a holiday concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The program, "Home for the Holidays," includes musical styles that showcase the artist's wide-ranging talent with rhythm and blues, pop, funk and smooth jazz. The performance includes selections from Kenny G's 1994 album "Miracles: The Holiday Album," which became the top selling holiday album and reached No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.
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By James P. Gray | February 5, 2011
On May 22, there will be a music festival from noon to 7 p.m. at the Heritage Museum of Orange County. Not only will there be bluegrass, folk and Americana music, there will also be a great barbecue and a number of fun and meaningful family activities. So put that date on your calendar, and make plans to attend. You will be glad you did! Several years ago, I mentioned to my wife, Grace, that I would like some time to go to Kentucky or Tennessee to see a bluegrass festival.
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By Heather Youmans | February 9, 2012
The 12th annual Newport Beach Jazz Party will swing into town Feb. 16 for four nights and three days of "straight-ahead" jazz through the Presidents' Day weekend. Mainstream jazz lovers will once again congregate at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, for nightly concerts, poolside sessions and two jazz champagne brunches. This year's lineup will feature two international players appearing for the first time at the Jazz Party — Marian Petrescu, of Finland, and the Australian performer James Morrison — as well as returning artists from years past.
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By James P. Gray | May 14, 2011
At this point in my life, I have lost my grandparents and parents and all of their siblings. So as far as who the "elder statesmen" are on my side of the family, my sister and I are now the ones. Fortunately, before they died, I was able to tape record my mother and her siblings singing the songs that I heard her and them sing when I was a child, and also my father telling some of the stories and poems he had recited during my childhood. So their voices and some of our heritage have been preserved.
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By James P. Gray | February 5, 2011
On May 22, there will be a music festival from noon to 7 p.m. at the Heritage Museum of Orange County. Not only will there be bluegrass, folk and Americana music, there will also be a great barbecue and a number of fun and meaningful family activities. So put that date on your calendar, and make plans to attend. You will be glad you did! Several years ago, I mentioned to my wife, Grace, that I would like some time to go to Kentucky or Tennessee to see a bluegrass festival.
FEATURES
By Joseph N. Bell | August 26, 2009
Every so often, our ethical convictions get challenged by prospects so attractive that we can rationalize stretching them just this once. That happened to me last weekend, and my character failed the test — as I’m reminded every time the planes take off from John Wayne Airport over my house. The main reason that is happening is an opaque entity called the Great Park that was sold to voters with millions of bucks raised by Irvine to displace the commercial airport ideal for that space.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Adriana Sellers | June 23, 2008
Concerts in the park will be starting up again in Costa Mesa on July 8, meaning plenty of blankets and picnic baskets on the lawn at Fairview Park as the community gathers to see some diverse musical acts. This will be the ninth summer Costa Mesa has sponsored the concert series. Bands performing this time around will play classic rock, Latin/classical guitar, Oldies/rock and steel drum/Caribbean. Concerts will start at 6:15 p.m. and are free to the public. Food vendors and face painters are also expected to join the musicians, and games and activities will be set up on the premises.
NEWS
By: Elia Powers | August 5, 2005
Seven musicians from Siberia and one from Costa Mesa are among the performers who will pack hotel ballrooms at this year's Orange County Classic Jazz Festival. Loyal followers of traditional jazz -- often called Dixieland -- travel the country to see live music from this genre, which has roots in New Orleans during the first half of the 20th century. "People come from all over," said Vince Saunders, a longtime Costa Mesa resident who plays banjo with the Titanic Jazz Band.
NEWS
December 12, 2003
Luis Pena Legendary trumpeter and former "Tonight Show" music director Doc Severinsen will be performing a holiday concert with the Pacific Symphony Pops at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Severinsen has been surrounded by music his entire life. His father played the violin and wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, but the younger Severinsen gravitated toward the trombone. The only problem was that the small Oregon town of 600 that he lived in didn't have any trombones.
NEWS
September 18, 2003
JOSEPH N. BELL One of the problems of reaching my age is reading in the news with increasing frequency about the death of public figures I have known or who have affected my life. Last week was a mixed bag. One of them left this vale, but another -- who is still very much alive at 93 -- was celebrated by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Artie Shaw, who lives in Thousand Oaks, must be the last survivor of the big band leaders.
NEWS
July 11, 2003
Lolita Harper In a time of belt tightening around the state, Orange County Fair officials have planned a gluttonous concert series -- starting tonight -- and are spending $5.8 million to bring in big-name bands and state-of-the-art productions. Fair officials increased their entertainment budget by $4.8 million, or 551%, this year, to take advantage of the newly renovated Pacific Amphitheatre. The total is a dramatic increase from last year's $1.05-million budget.
NEWS
January 4, 2003
Jennifer K Mahal John Clayton walked into his first band class in junior high and saw an instrument that could be fun. "I said, 'Wow, could I play that,'" the co-founder of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra remembers. "The band teacher wrote down my name and wrote down 'tuba.'" That would have been that, except that as Clayton walked out of the room, he saw four "gorgeous" instruments standing on end. He asked if he could change his choice.
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