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By Josh Aden | March 2, 2007
Gypsies will once again roam the streets of Laguna Beach as the third annual Djangofest kicks off tonight at the Festival of Arts. The festival will host a gypsy jazz performance tonight at 8 p.m. as well as shows at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Forum Theatre, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. It will feature local musicians as well as gypsy jazz musicians from abroad. Tonight's show is $34 and will feature Hot Club Pacific, Andreas Öberg and John Jorgenson. Tomorrow's matinee is $36 and will feature the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, and duo Angelo Debarre and Ludovic Beier.
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By: Katherine Tolford | September 28, 2005
When Jimmy Spencer strolls onto the stage at Mr. B's restaurant in Burbank impeccably dressed in a gray tailored suit, satin tie, handkerchief and silver cufflinks, he looks like a member of the Rat Pack. But once the room fills with the sound of his rich, velvety baritone voice, it's clear he sings with the intimacy of Nat King Cole. Spencer is a versatile singer who courts his audience with smooth and gentle phrasing and a warm, vibrant delivery.
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April 26, 2002
Suzie Harrison On May 5th, Laguna Beach, Music in the Park, Inc. and the Festival of Arts will sponsor the first Cinco de Mayo concert at the Festival of Arts grounds. Chico will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. The band has performed at various functions for 29 years throughout the Southern California area. Chico performs an array of traditional and contemporary jazz and salsa. KSBR public radio will be interviewing the band on May 4, on its weekly jazz spot.
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By Candice Baker | June 21, 2007
The Art-A-Fair will reinvent itself this year as an Italian affair. The Venetian Carnival theme is aimed at showing off Art-A-Fair's distinction as the only international summer festival in Laguna. The property's entryway will be revamped in time for the festival's June 29 opening, and artists have been asked to work the theme into their offerings and booth designs in creating "Palazzo Laguna." "They never had a theme before," said Vicki Burkhard, the festival's vice president of marketing and brain behind the transformation.
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July 14, 2011
Winning combo with wine, chocolate and jazz Thursday nights just got a lot more delicious. The "Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate: What Could Be Better?" series continues from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday until Aug. 25 at the Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. The event features select wines by Kendall Jackson, gourmet chocolates by Xan Confections and a broad variety of jazz styles and performances. The musical lineup includes Max Bennett and Private Reserve on Thursday; jazz vocalist Kate Reid with the Evan Stone Trio on July 28; jazz vocalist Annie Sellick on Aug.4; jazz vocalist Denise Donatelli with the Evan Stone Trio on Aug. 11; jazz guitarist Steve Oliver on Aug. 18; and jazz vocalist Anne Walsh on Aug. 25. The event is for those 21 and older.
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July 18, 2008
FESTIVAL OF ARTS Opening day Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. ? ?String Planet, 6 to 8 p.m. ? ?Junior Art Day 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ?Ceramic Workshop, 1 to 6 p.m. ?The Girls, acoustic vocals, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ?Peter Dobson Blues Band, 6 to 8 p.m. ? ?The Art of Cooking, 1 to 2 p.m. Amelia Saltsman author of ?The Santa Monica Farmers? Market Cookbook: Seasonal Foods, Simple Recipes,? will demonstrate how to shop in season for ingredients and how to use them to create easy and fresh recipes.
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October 22, 2004
SUZIE HARRISON Between AIDS Services Foundation's "World's Fair -- Lost Vegas," the Moonshine Festival and Lagunatics, my head is still spinning from the fun. The momentum just keeps going with the Laguna Art Museum auction and Laguna Beach Live's jazz workshop and concert ... will the fun ever stop? LAGUNA ART MUSEUM'S ART AUCTION Laguna Art Museum will have it's 22nd annual art auction on Saturday. The event is always a blast and a great way for people to buy art from esteemed artists at reasonable prices.
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September 21, 2007
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By Rhea Mahbubani | July 25, 2013
Poncho Sanchez only had one professional conga lesson. The class, which took place in the garage at his mother's house, was a treat from his sister while he was still in high school. "He had asked me to play a little bit of Cal Tjader, and after, he actually started asking me questions," Sanchez said. "I remember he said, 'How did you do that with your left hand? It sounded great!'" The teacher thought Sanchez had been playing the single-headed Cuban drum for six or seven years.
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June 6, 2013
Laguna Beach Live! will launch its Jazz Wednesdays Summer Series on June 19. First up is the Latin Jazz Syndicate from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hotel Laguna Rose Garden at 425 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. Doors open at 5 p.m. The band, which has performed with Poncho Sanchez, Luis Miguel, Dave Valentin and others, is led by Bijon Watson on the trumpet. Admission is $15 online and $18 at the door. For more information, visit http://www.lagunabeachlive.org or call (949) 715-9713.
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By Michael Miller | April 18, 2013
When the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra takes the stage Saturday in Laguna Beach, it may have a few souls to soothe and nerves to calm. And the group has been there before. On Sept. 12, 2001, the venerable big band ensemble co-headlined at the Hollywood Bowl, playing to a scattered audience — according to the Los Angeles Times review , less than half of the 6,800 ticket buyers came in the wake of the terror attacks. The band was diminished, too, as some members were unable to attend due to air traffic being grounded.
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By Alisha Gomez | March 14, 2013
More music is coming to town, thanks to Laguna Beach Live! Jazz Wednesdays. Critically acclaimed jazz singer Sara Gazarek and her quartet will be at Aliso Creek Inn on Wednesday. According to a press release, "Gazarek won the prestigious Downbeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Collegiate Jazz Vocalist while at USC, where she is now on the faculty in the Jazz Studies department. She studied privately with vocalists Tierney Sutton and Carmen Bradford, pianist Shelly Berg and bassist/arranger John Clayton, who became one of her most important champions.
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August 11, 2011
YOUR WEEKEND Friday: Folk group Big Wide Grin, shown, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Anns Drive. Before the show, concertgoers can attend a picnic at 5:30 p.m. on the church's lawn. Tickets are $10. For more information, email info@ncclaguna.org or call (949) 494-8061. SATURDAY: An artist reception for photographer Al Gerk will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at Artist Eye Laguna Gallery, 1294-A S. Coast Hwy. Gerk's photos will be on display at the gallery through August.
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July 14, 2011
Winning combo with wine, chocolate and jazz Thursday nights just got a lot more delicious. The "Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate: What Could Be Better?" series continues from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday until Aug. 25 at the Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. The event features select wines by Kendall Jackson, gourmet chocolates by Xan Confections and a broad variety of jazz styles and performances. The musical lineup includes Max Bennett and Private Reserve on Thursday; jazz vocalist Kate Reid with the Evan Stone Trio on July 28; jazz vocalist Annie Sellick on Aug.4; jazz vocalist Denise Donatelli with the Evan Stone Trio on Aug. 11; jazz guitarist Steve Oliver on Aug. 18; and jazz vocalist Anne Walsh on Aug. 25. The event is for those 21 and older.
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By Cindy Frazier | February 27, 2009
The Artists? Theater will be swinging March 7. Guitarist John Heussenstamm will perform ?Nothin? But the Blues,? along with the award-winning Laguna Beach High School Jazz Orchestra and jazz singer Jamie Shew during the Fifth Annual Laguna Beach Blues & Jazz Festival at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at the Artists? Theater, 625 Park Ave. The concert benefits school district music programs. Twenty-five members of the high school?s jazz orchestra just returned from Orlando, Florida, where they competed in the Disney Jazz Fest.
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