ABOUT LIA BOOTH: Lia spent four years singing in advanced vocal jazz ensemble Singcopation under the direction of Bruce Rogers and one year singing with Cal State Long Beach advanced vocal jazz ensemble Pacific Standard Time under the direction of accomplished vocalist and session singer, Christine Guter. She specializes in the Great American Songbook, sings in French, Spanish, Portuguese, as well as English, and takes a dry, expressive approach to her interpretation of the tunes she sings. She regularly performs at venues across Southern California, and currently holds two residencies where she performs once a month: The Brass Lamp in Long Beach with her own trio The Spare Buttons and Port Restaurant and Bar in Newport Beach as a duo with pianist Bradley Young. A twice named CalJAS Student Scholarship recipient, we are proud to feature Lia at this concert.
Artie Shaw’s “innovations, musical depth, and swinging style placed him firmly in the pantheon of 20th century big band and jazz musicians,” according to Claudia Luther in the Los Angeles Times.
Good friend and CalJAS House Concert Host, Luther is involved in the music business in a number of ways:
- As a musician, he currently leads The Cannonball-Coltrane Project, as well asLuther Hughes & Friends: Remembering The Nat King Cole Trio, andH.E.R.K. Artists he has performed include Quincy Jones, Joe Pass, Patti Page, and the Fifth Dimension.
- As a record producer and music publisher, Luther heads up Primrose Lane Music, which he founded in 2004.
- As an educator, Luther currently teaches at Cal State University in Fullerton Ca. and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo Ca. He has taught at Cal State University Long Beach Ca. , Goldenwest College in Huntington Beach Ca. , the Musicians Institute in Hollywood Ca., Rio Hondo College in Whittier Ca. and formerly served as the Southern California Regional Director for Bruce Forman’s JazzMasters Workshop.
Selected Vocals will be performed by vocalists Becky Hughes and Dale Boatman
Dewey Erney HOUSE CONCERT PHOTOS
Laura “Lolly” Allen’s music “…conjures the lanky, leisurely feel of Milt Jackson, her roomy rambles open up the spiritual spaciousness of Walt Dickerson, and her smooth flair for Latin rhythms recalls Cal Tjader.”– Fred Bouchard (writer for Downbeat Magazine and teacher at Berklee College of Music.)
She has been featured on radio and at venues including the Knitting Factory, Vibrato Grill Jazz, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, artist-in-residence with Stan Strickland at Boston’s Museum of Fine Art, WGBH FM’s Eric in the Evening and Ron DellaChiesa\’s Jazz Songbook. Allen has composed and performed in various ensembles including Gunther Schuller\’s Birthday Celebration Concert, Sam Rivers with the New England Conservatory Big Band, Maria Schneider with the Jazz Composer\’s Alliance, The Jimmy Giuffre Tribute Concert at Jordan Hall, the L.A Jazz Society’s Vibe Summit, and with Jiggs Whigham and Bob Mintzer at the Disney Jazz Celebration.
She has studied with many jazz greats: Danilo Perez, George Garzone, Cecil McBee, John McNeil, Bevan Manson, Steve Brown, Dominique Eade, and has received classical training with world-renowned percussionist Gordon Stout. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory.
This Friday, October 21, brings the return of Kate Reid and Bruce Forman to the California Jazz Arts Society!
It’s been two years since Kate has performed for our little venue. She is now associate professor of jazz voice, and program director for Jazz Vocal Performance, at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She doesn’t get back too often, and we are proud that she chose the CalJAS House Concert Series during this short trip to L.A.
Kate once again teams up with guitarist extrordinaire Bruce Forman. The duo last performed for us in November, 2014.
On Thursday, September 29, the California Jazz Arts Society had the privilege of performing for Assistance League of Pomona Valley’s fundraiser for children’s clothing at the beautiful Padua Hills Theatre in Claremont.
Hosted by CalJAS President Dale Boatman, the CalJAS All-Stars featured guest vocalist Debbi Ebert and the fabulous Joe Bagg, Bruce Forman, Glenn Cashman, Dave Tull, and Ken Wild. Good friend and Magic Castle magician Jon Armstrong amazed arriving guests before the concert.