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ARTICLE: Herbie Hancock ‘still learning,’ as eclectic music icon works on new album with Kendrick Lamar, Wayne Shorter and more

San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
March 4, 2018

Herbie Hancock ‘still learning,’ as eclectic music icon works on new album with Kendrick Lamar, Wayne Shorter and more
If anyone is surprised that such hip-hop stars as Common, Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg have been recording with Herbie Hancock for the 77-year-old jazz keyboard legend’s next album, they haven’t paid attention to this genre-leaping maverick’s career.

The as-yet-untitled album also teams 14-time Grammy Award-winner Hancock with saxophone giant Wayne Shorter, who was his band mate in the fabled Miles Davis Quintet in the 1960s. And it features West African guitar ace Lionel Loueke, Indian tabla master Zakir Hussein and such young hip-hop and jazz-funk dynamos as shape-shifting producer Flying Lotus, bassist-singer Thundercat, tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington and alto saxophonist and keyboardist Terrace Martin.

Loueke and Martin will perform in San Diego as members of Hancock’s latest band on Wednesday at the Balboa Theater in a concert presented by the La Jolla Music Society. The lineup is completed by bassist James Genus and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, who also performed with Hancock at the keyboardist’s 2011 Balboa Theater concert.

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ARTICLE: Herbie Hancock ‘still learning,’ as eclectic music icon works on new album with Kendrick Lamar, Wayne Shorter and more 2018-03-04T14:13:49+00:00

PREVIEW: Patti LuPone, Far and Away

Rage Magazine
By Joel Martens
January 2014

Building a solid career on the notoriously shifting sands of American theatre can be challenging, even for someone as gifted as Patti LuPone. It’s a place where at one moment you’re on top of the world and another at the bottom of the lofty dune, wondering how you landed there.

 

 

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PREVIEW: Patti LuPone, Far and Away 2014-01-17T15:32:15+00:00

REVIEW: Pianist Haochen Zhang Dazzles La Jolla Audience

San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
December 8, 2013

What do we expect when a first-prize winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition plays a recital? Displays of virtuosity? A perceptive sense of musical style? Sophisticated programming with probing insights into familiar scores and rewarding discoveries of lesser-known works?

In his Saturday (Dec. 7) program for the La Jolla Music Society, Haochen Zhang, gold medalist of the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, not only dazzled his audience wtih the bravura technical arsenal expected from a medalist, but invited his listeners into the interior emotional landscapes of works that others rush through solely to induldge their spectacle.

 

 

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REVIEW: Pianist Haochen Zhang Dazzles La Jolla Audience 2014-01-27T11:30:55+00:00

PREVIEW: Building a Career on YouTube

U-T San Diego
By James Chute
December 4, 2013

Like many members of his generation, pianist Haochen Zhang has no trouble finding shocking things on YouTube. But in Zhang’s case, it’s watching videos of young pianists and then watching videos of the same pianists shot years later.

“I often come across across Asian kids, or American kids, or European kids, on YouTube and they sound amazing when they are like 7, 8, or 10 years old,” said Zhang, who performs Saturday on the La Jolla Music Society’s Frieman Family Piano Series at Sherwood Auditorium. “They can play a lot of amazing pieces.”

 

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PREVIEW: Building a Career on YouTube 2014-01-27T11:31:20+00:00

PREVIEW: Boston Pops bringing ‘its very best’

U-T San Diego
By James Chute
November 13, 2013

It may be the best-known classical music brand in America: the Boston Pops. During the glory days of the Arthur Fielder era, the ensemble’s performances, recordings and TV appearances reached audiences in the millions and made the Pops a household word.

 

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PREVIEW: Boston Pops bringing ‘its very best’ 2014-04-14T16:17:14+00:00

REVIEW: Audra McDonald Soars at the Balboa

San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
October 26, 2013

When the typical opera diva appropriates in concert songs from musical theater, it is hard to escape that tinge of condescension. But when Audra McDonald interprets this repertory, we know from her first phrase that she is on home turf and that she will inhabit every song she chooses like a second skin.

Her concert for the La Jolla Music Society Friday (Oct. 25) at the Balboa Theatre downtown confirmed not only her authority in this arena, but also revealed her ability to captivate her audience with patter than was equal parts astute musical footnote and personal confession.

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REVIEW: Audra McDonald Soars at the Balboa 2014-04-14T16:17:43+00:00

Top 5 classical music events this fall

UT San Diego
By James Chute
September 29, 2013

The La Jolla Music Society presents The Silk Road Ensemble on October 20, 2013. James Chute of the UT San Diego calls it one of the “[t]op 5 classical music events this fall.”

Don’t even think about calling it crossover, or world music, or classical. This distinguished, diverse, innovative, eclectic and sometimes electric ensemble plays music, and unless you are without a pulse, there’s something in it for you.

 

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Top 5 classical music events this fall 2014-04-14T16:18:40+00:00