Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The Summer Concert Series is made possible by the generous support of our Sponsors, and we would like to thank them one more time.
- Warner Bros. Entertainment
- Rotary Club of Altadena
- Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich - 5th District
- Michael Baietti & Linda Seyffert - Dickson Podley Realtors
- Georgia Rutherford In Memory of Don Rutherford
- Toyota of Pasadena
- All American Audio Visual
- M & M Printing
Below, we have a short questionnaire, please take a few minutes and provide us with you opinion of the 2009 Summer Concert Series.
And, thank you to our concertgoers, that's why we do the Series, for your enjoyment and our commitment to the Community of Altadena.
Have a great winter and we hope to see you all back next year!
Monday, September 14, 2009
WHAT? Altadena Sheriff's Community Forum on BURGLARY
WHEN? Wednesday, October 7 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
WHERE? Daniel Webster Elementary School Auditorium
2101 East Washington Boulevard Pasadena
This forum will start promptly at 7 pm. The doors will open no later than 6:30 pm.
Please make plans to attend.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Lead singer Dean Colley has been performing in rock bands since 1982, after leaving the University of Southern California, where he was studying biology. 15 years of playing in bars and regional fairs followed playing rock and roll covers with other local musicians. All the while, people began taking notice of Dean’s ever more prominent resemblance to Neil Diamond. Soon, audience members were asking Dean if he did any Neil Diamond songs.
A short time later, a local businessman asked Dean if he’d like to put together a tribute to Neil Diamond. Dean accepted the challenge and began studying the songs of the legendary singer/songwriter. After a trial version of Dean as Neil Diamond in a small club, he was offered a chance to perform for a community concert put on by a local Kiwanis club. From there, the show became known as “Hot August Night”, after the title of Neil Diamond’s live album recorded at the Greek Theater.
Many versions of the band followed. Players came and went. However, a chance audition for a tribute show for military personnel in Japan introduced him to a whole new level of players. These musicians were seasoned professionals and put a whole new spin on Dean’s presentation. After arriving home after the tour of Japan, Dean convinced the band to play in Hot August Night. This led to working with better musicians and an outstanding presentation.
Today, Hot August Night has played casinos, corporate parties, fairs, and clubs all over the United States.
Hot August Night has played major showrooms in Reno NV, Laughlin, NV, Las Vegas NV, Carson City NV, Minden NV, Tucson AZ, Lincoln OR, Seattle WA, Atsugi Japan, Iwakuni Japan, Oxford England, Bettendorf IA, Stone Mountain GA, Beverly Hills CA, Palm Springs CA, and Hollywood CA.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
We understand there is quite a bit information being disseminated in various outlets, but this is the most accurate to date:
“September 2, 2009, as of 11:45 am, there is no information regarding any planned evacuations of the Altadena area.”
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
http://www.fire.lacounty.gov/ or call 323-881-2411 See "Ready! Set! Go!" on the website or call for evacuation and road closure information
www.fs.fed.us/fire/index.html or call 626-821-6700 U.S. Forest Service Hotline 626-574-5200 Evacuation Centers List Hotline
http://redcrossla.org/ or call 888-737-4306 American Red Cross
www.inciweb.org/incident/1856/ Fire map and conditions
www.lasdblog.org/Pressrelease/Public/ L.A. County Office of Emergency Management Press Releases (includes detailed information about evacuated areas, shelters, fire status)
Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
However, if we have a dramatic change in winds or if the fire behaves erratically, we will re-evaluate.
The show will go on!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
These burglaries are not isolated to Altadena. They are occurring all over Southern California.
Many gangs seem to have burglary teams.
You may recall that at the beginning of summer, one group of burglars was caught in La Crescenta, and they were tied to Altadena burglaries. Within a few days, another burglary suspect was caught in the act in West Altadena.
Yesterday, two sets of burglars were caught outside of our area, all gang members. It is likely that one of the sets of burglars will be tied to some of the burglaries in Altadena. It is currently unknown whether the second set will be connected to any of the burglaries here.
Altadena residents are experiencing residential burglaries all over Altadena, and we all should pay attention to any groups of two or three or four people, could be men or women, walking the neighborhood, knocking on doors, looking for opportunities. If there is no response at the door, they often head to the rear or side yard to look for ways to gain entry. Some will defeat security systems, and dogs are not a deterrent.
If someone inside the house answers, the burglars will often make up some story, about car trouble, or a lost dog or "looking for a friend who lives here". It was reported by one neighborhood in Central Altadena yesterday that someone gained entry by removing a window air conditioner. In another neighborhood, the family burglarized indicated that entry was made through a window on one side of the house, but that the burglars had also opened a window and door on the rear, perhaps to exit quickly if necessary.
The most recent rash of auto breakins, also occurring all over Altadena, is a smash and grab, the vehicle window is broken and a visible GPS system is grabbed. These breakins are occurring in the early morning hours, between midnight and 5 am.
In the residential breakins, the suspects often work in teams, with one or two canvassing for opportunity and others waiting in a car down the street, or around the corner.
If you see people walking in your neighborhood who are unknown to you, it's a good idea to just call the Altadena Sheriff's Station, describe what you're observing and the deputies will come out. Please do not confront strangers yourself. It is much better to let the deputies talk to them. It may be that they have a legitimate reason for being there, but it's also possible that they do not.
Let the deputies sort it out.It is also recommended that you park your cars in your garage if you have one. Do not leave any valuables in your car, especially those things that are easily grabbed. That includes portable GPS units, phones, MP3 players, handbags, wallets, coins, computers, or anything else that gives burglars an easy choice to make.
When in doubt about anyone in your area, call the Sheriff's Station. 626 798 1131.Stay vigilant, stay safe and don't make it easier on burglars and thieves.
If you have other questions or concerns, please let me know.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Read the review from our La Canada/Flintridge show.
Visit our store to purchase your AAW wear and show your support for AAW.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Altadena Jazz artist John Levy to be honored during the Brian Hughes concert Saturday, August 15th Farnsworth Park
It did not happen overnight. John started out as a jazz musician. He went to New York in August of 1944 to play with the Stuff Smith Trio at the Onyx Club. He was a good bass player, and had the privilege of working with many of the jazz greats including such renowned talents as Ben Webster, Errol Garner, and Milt Jackson. He also appeared with Billie Holiday at her comeback Carnegie Hall concert in 1948.
The following year, George Shearing heard him play at the famed Birdland club, and soon after John became the bassist in the original George Shearing Quintet. Touring the country with one of the hottest groups of the day, John not only played bass but also acted as Shearing's road manager. His business acumen and promotional astuteness won out; in 1951 John put down his bass to become a full-time personal manager—the first black personal manager in the pop or jazz music field. John Levy Enterprises, Inc. was open for business.
His transition from the ranks of jazz instrumentalist to his current eminence in the personal management field was a smooth one, despite the obstacles inherent in being a black businessman during that time. The rare combination of musical talent and shrewd business savvy made it possible for John to discover new talent and develop it to its maximum potential without the usual precarious trial and error struggle experienced by most artists.
By the 1960s, John’s client roster not only included George Shearing, but also Dakota Staton, Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley, Wes Montgomery, Joe Williams, Shirley Horn, Ramsey Lewis, and others. Most weeks, you could find one or more of John's clients listed in the top ten of Billboard magazine's pop music charts. Back then, “jazz” was the popular music.
Some of the most successful jazz luminaries in the music world testify to the exceptional success of his all-encompassing methods. It was John Levy who first encouraged musicians to retain the publishing rights to their own compositions and set up publishing companies for his clients. In addition to his varied experiences in personal management, John often found himself in the role of both concert promoter and record producer.
His years of success in all areas has earned him an impeccable reputation in the entertainment industry, where he is both respected and admired by other managers, booking agents, concert promoters, entertainment lawyers and accountants, record company executives, and last but not least, the artists themselves.
The impressive roster of notables handled by John Levy over the past six decades is vast. A brief listing of the 85+ artists would have to include: Cannonball Adderley, Brook Benton, Andy & the Bey Sisters, Betty Carter, Randy Crawford, Lou Donaldson, Roberta Flack, Arsenio Hall, Herbie Hancock, Donny Hathaway, Eddie Harris, Johnny Hartman, Shirley Horn, Freddie Hubbard, Ahmad Jamal, Henry Johnson, Etta Jones, Yusef Lateef, Ramsey Lewis, Abby Lincoln, Herbie Mann, Letta Mbulu, Les McCann, Wes Montgomery, Billy Paul, Dianne Reeves, Marlena Shaw, George Shearing, Dakota Staton, Billy Taylor, Stanley Turrentine, Sarah Vaughan, Maxine Weldon, Joe Williams, and Nancy Wilson.
In the fall of 1997, at the age of 85, Levy's contribution to the world of jazz was formally recognized as he was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame. In January 2006 he was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, America's most prestigious prize in the field of Jazz. Today, John is still at work managing longtime clients and developing new talents. Joe Williams, longtime friend since the 1940s and client since the early 1960s, died March 29, 1999. His current clients include song-stylist Nancy Wilson (who has retired from touring but will continue to record and appear on special concerts), and jazz vocalist Clairdee.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Hughes has carved out an impressive career in the contemporary jazz arena. His first two albums, Between Dusk and Dreaming and Under One Sky, firmly established him as one of the foremost guitarists and composers in the genre, perfectly blending his fluid and emotive guitar style into an exciting, melodic mix of Latin, Jazz and World Music compositions. After being picked as a winner in JAZZIZ Magazine's "Guitars On Fire" competition his subsequent recordings Straight To You, One 2 One, Shakin’ not Stirred and Along the Way have received critical acclaim and major radio air play from coast to coast. With his sizzling fret work and infectious compositions the media are accurate in saying: "Both a great artist and an accessible one. His passion is so obvious, intense and contagious, that his audience shares it.” Brian has received the SOCAN/BMI "Jazz & Instrumental Composer of the Year" Award six times from 1997 to 2006 and the title track from “Shakin’ Not Stirred” was featured on an episode of HBO’s “Sex and the City”. Also well known for his 20 year parallel career performing and recording with world renowned vocalist Loreena McKennitt, Brian’s skills as a musician (guitars, oud, bouzouki) and his production talents are evident on her current platinum recording “An Ancient Muse”, the concert DVD “Nights From The Alhambra”, filmed in Granada, Spain and her past seven multi-platinum recordings. Brian has just completed a 2007 World tour with McKennitt performing 83 concerts in 12 countries around the globe and has appeared with Loreena on the "Late Show" with David Letterman and received a Juno (Canadian Grammy) nomination as "Producer of the Year " for his work on the platinum selling Loreena McKennitt album “The Visit”.
Brian has also Produced several international Platinum selling albums for Greek recording artists Evanthia Reboutsika, Yannis Kotsiras and Panayotis Kalantzopoulos including the soundtrack for “A Touch of Spice” the top grossing film in Greek cinema history. He has also accompanied Celtic music legends, The Chieftains, on several tours.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
THOSE MANNING BOYS AND FRIENDS
Formed in 2002, Those Manning Boys, an Irish duo, has been dedicated to the furthering of the American-Irish culture. Since then Brothers Mike and Sean Manning, native Altadenans, have been playing at events and pubs all across the San Gabriel Valley and the surrounding areas. Mike’s 60s-rock inspired guitar and Sean’s ethnic -styled vocals have delighted and intrigued audiences of all ages.
In 2005, stepping in as a last-minute replacement, the Boys made their debut at the Concerts in the Park at Farnsworth in Altadena. Greeted by a rousing reception, they have been an annual installment since. Each year the show has grown in scope and depth by adding more musicians and instruments with an ever-increasing repertoire of Irish cultural music. Returning this year will be fiddler extraordinaire, Liam Lewis, playing his classically inspired jigs and reels. Last year’s hit on drums, Pierre Dupuy returns with his brother Andre, also brothers native to Altadena, and their band Wreck ‘n’ Sow. Another exciting young find , Altadena’s own Tim Drake will bring his mastery of the truly Irish instrument, the uillean pipes, Ireland’s form of the more famous Scottish bagpipes. And back for the fifth straight year the Aniar School of Irish Dance and their award winning troupe will present a very special half-time show to live session music. Newcomers, the Moynahans, Jesse , Eli and their father Tim will delight us with the penny whistle and other stringed instruments. Also joining the Boys this year is Barbara Schilling on the Celtic harp, the national symbol of Ireland. Cead mille failte-(a hundred thousand welcomes) to you.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Melena, born in Havana Cuba, has mastered the traditional rhythms that have traveled from Africa to Cuba, to the dance floors of America. Her Afro/Cuban sound is a conversation of melodies which she plays with fierce passion. Whether she is playing Congas, Timbales, Batas or a range of other percussion instruments. Melena is someone to be recognized as one of the most accomplished and proficient female percussionist in the music community.
Melena has been traveling the world and performed with legendary artists such as: Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Macy Gray, Chayanne, Julio Iglesias, Eva Ayllone, Chucho Valdes and Irakere and many others. Melena returned to her native country of Havana Cuba in 1997 and 2000, to study with Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, as well as with many other gifted percussionists on the island. Melena has also studied with Roberto Vizcaino Guillott, Miguel “Anga” Diaz, Yaroldy Abreu, Jose Miguel Melendez, Adel Gonzalez, Mario Jauregui and Daniel Herrera. Melena has been blessed to share the same stage with her biggest inspiration, Giovanni Hidalgo!
In 2005, Melena performed with her Afro Cuban band at the Ninth Annual Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival in Texas. Melena, was the opening act for both Giovanni Hidalgo and Chuchito Valdes. During her visit in Texas, she also conducted a percussion clinic at the Brownsville University.
Melena has been FEATURED as a guest musician for several recordings and Live DVD/PBS specials for artists such as: John Tesh, David Longoria, Eva Ayllone, Peru Negro, Joel Holmes and Unwrapped Vol. 2 & 3 for Hidden Beach Records and many more.
Most recently, Melena was the featured percussionist on the Fox Television show, “Prison Break” playing congas and dancing alongside actor, Amaury Nolasco. Melena is also a featured percussionist with singer/songwriter Janel Parrish who plays Jade in the Bratz movie.
Festivals Melena has performed at include: Jazz at Drew, African Village Festival, Latin Music Festival, Puerto Rico Percussion Festival, Santa Barbara Carribean Festival, Montreal Drum Festival and more. Melena also conducts workshops and clinics nationally and internationally. She has specialized her studies in the Afro-Cuban tradition and on the Sacred Bata Drums and has taught her students the importance of the history and knowledge of Afro-Cuban drumming and the language of the Batas.
The following companies endorse Melena: DW, Sabian, Vic Firth, Remo, Hansenfutz, Beato, Rhythm Tech and Flawless Vodka.
Monday, July 20, 2009
The Elliott Caine SextetInspired by '60 "Blue Note" style jazz, as well as by the music of Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria, the Elliott Caine Sextet plays original compositions, as well as the works of Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Donald Byrd, et al. The group's critically acclaimed first release, Orientation, has received generous radio airplay across the USA, being the "#1 most added" for jazz, nationally, for the week of 11/5 to 11/11/99, eventually reaching #29 on national radio's Gavin List in January 2000. Two of Elliott's original compositions from the CD are featured in the film, "Relax...It's Just Sex,” starring Jennifer Tilly, Paul Winfield, and other notables. The film has headlined at many film festivals and has been distributed internationally. Le Supercool, the 2nd CD release by the Elliott Caine Sextet, further explores musical ideas initiated with Orientation. Released in early 2001, Le Supercool received impressive notice nationally and internationally, attaining the rank of #14 for radioplay in the USA in early February 2001 (Gavin Jazz List). Additionally, music from Le Supercool has been used as interlude music for radio station WBAI in New York City. Selections from Le Supercool have been played on radio stations in Russia, France, Indonesia, Mexico, Canada and other nations in addition to the USA. Additionally, music from both CDs has been used for television and other "independent" films. The 3rd CD release from Elliott Caine, "Blues from Mars", from 2006, showcases further compositional development from Elliott as well as the musical cohesiveness of the group. The CD has received enthusiastic reviews from Jazz Times (USA), Swing Journal (Japan), Cadence (Canada), Sonic (Germany), and numerous other print, radio and online sources from around the world. A new CD by the group is being planned.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
A short history of The Elks #99 Concert Band. The band was originally started about 1950, and was called the Southern Pacific Railroad Band. When the railroad started down sizing in 1964 the band was accquired by Avis Car Rentals and The Grayline bus tours. At this time the band was known as the Grayline Concert Band. The band was sent all over the state via Grayline Bus on behalf of the Company. Most of the members at this time, were members of the Elks Lodge, and so when the Grayline Bus Company was sold it was natural for the band to become the Elk's #99 Concert Band. Many well known musicians have played with the band over the years, and although the personnel has changed, the high quality of musicianship remains.
ABOUT THE MUSIC DIRECTOR Richard Babcock was born in 1956 in Binghamton, New York, the first child of an Army doctor and his wife. In 1962 the family settled in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Richard spent the next twenty years. At the age of ten, he started the trumpet. This was Richard's first contact with music up close and personal. He was hooked. He began to compose in junior high and won several local competitions over the next ten years. Along with composing, he began conducting his own works and filling in the missing parts on whatever instrument was needed. After high school, Richard attended the University of Utah. He became a full time woodwind doubler. He graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music degree, with emphasis in jazz theory and secondary education. Richard spent the next three years teaching music and working as a freelance musician in Salt Lake City. In 1983 he was accepted into the MFA program in composition at California Institute of the Arts. He graduated in 1986 and, in 1987, landed the job of Director of Orchestras for Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, in which position he continues to serve. From 1985 to 1990 he was the conductor of another fine community band in the Santa Clarita Valley. In 1990 he became the conductor of the Elk's #99 Concert Band. Due to personal commitments he left for awhile, but in 1997 he returned as our regular conductor. At present, in addition to the Elk's Band, he is also the conductor of the Peninsula Symphonic Winds.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Hope to see you all at the 13th Annual Summer Concert Series at Farnsworth Park!
And, remember, it's FREE!
Arrive early for best parking.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The Summer Concert Series is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors. This year SSGA welcomes a major new sponsor, Warner Bros. Entertainment. In addition to Warner Bros. our sponsors are: the Rotary Club of Altadena, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Additional sponsors include Toyota of Pasadena, Dickson Podley Realtors, All American Audio Visual, M & M Printing, Trinity Thread Works and My Irish Pride.
June 27th, 7:00 PM
DOWN BEAT EXPRESS Big Band
Directed by Pat Emmett
Featuring JENNIFER GATES and Staring - RANDY CAPUTO
When Randy was just three years old, a car accident landed him in the hospital for months with trauma to his head, hands and legs. Doctors said Randy would always have difficulty with his small-motor (hands and legs) coordination.
Randy dreamed of the day when he could play ball, and run like the other kids. His mother, determined to help, got him a set of drums. (She was so very smart) Against all odds, Randy continued to practice his drums. Determined, Randy eventually overcame all his adversities even to the point of sounding like his jazz drumming idol Gene Krupa.
The rest… (so they say)…is history…Randy has been entertaining audiences everywhere with his celebrity showmanship, and remarkable jazz drumming talents. Randy has received countless standing ovations at both Disneyland and Disney World Florida, and at other special events including…The Chicago Winds Jazz Orchestra in Chicago, Playboy Jazz Festivals and PBS Shows in Hollywood California.
Tonight Randy will perform selections from his “Tribute To Gene Krupa” show with the Down Beat Express Big Band, directed by Pat Emmett
Also featured this evening is Altadena’s own, MCA recording artist, Jennifer Gates. She appears regularly with her trio in Pasadena supper clubs. Jennifer and the Down Beat Express can be heard on their recent CD, “The Silver Project”, available for purchase at tonight’s performance.
Gina Harlan will sing the Krupa hit Drummer Man.
In accordance with county and park ordinances, consumption of alcoholic beverages is allowed within the limits of the amphitheater proper, and all domestic animals must be restrained by leash. It is requested that for the health, safety and courtesy of the audience that all refrain from smoking in the amphitheater. Copyright law prohibits any form of audio or video recording of these concerts for personal, promotional or commercial use.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Altadena Station Commander Captain Roosevelt Blow
The following officers were honored:
L.A. County Deputy Sheriff Juan A. Escalante, August 2, 2008
L. A. Police Dept. Officer Spree DeSha, September 12, 2008
L. A. County Deputy Randy Hamson, Oct 24, 2008
CHP Officer Joseph Sanders, December 15, 2008
Culver City Police Dept. Lieutenant Curtis A. Massey, January 28, 2009
L.A. County Deputy Sheriff David Larimer, Dec. 31, 1942 (Altadena Station’s only officer killed in the line of duty, honored in 2009).
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The first Concert of the Summer is now June 27th featuring the Downbeat Express, Altadena's Big Band.
Looking forward to seeing you at our 13th Annual Summer Concerts in Farnsworth Park. Farnsworth Park is located near the top of Lake Ave. at 568 East Mt. Curve, Altadena, CA 91001.
Print the schedule below.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
We start with two concerts in June on the 20th and 27th. In July we will have three concerts on July 4th, (a very patriotic concert) July 18th and July 25th. In August there will also be three concerts on the 8th, 15th and 29th. All concerts are on Saturday night. The concerts start at 7:00 PM and end around 9:00 PM.
Our final, season ending concert, will be September 12th featuring Hot August Nights, a tribute to Neil Diamond starring Dean Colley. One word of caution, arrive early for this concert as Dean has a huge following and the amphitheater will be packed very early. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy all the hustle and bustle as we set up the show. And, as an added bonus, you can enjoy the sound check!
The Rotary Club of Altadena has partnered with us again this year providing logistical and financial assistance. Returning sponsors include Georgia Rutherford (in memory of Don Rutherford), M & M Printing, Toyota of Pasadena, Dickson Podley Realtors (Michael Baietti & Linda Seyfert) Myirishpride.com and Trinity Threadworks as well as Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
Over the past 12 years, the Summer Concerts have evolved to be a real community event. Additional sponsors are still needed, contact the hosts of the Summer Concerts, the Altadena Sheriff’s Station, Deputy Sam Estrada, 626-296-2105.
We look forward to seeing you again this year at this great family event!
Watch this space as more information becomes available. We up-date regularly.