Jazz band fuses old, modern styles

By Sergio Berrueta First Friday Jazz Concert at the S2 Recital Hall delivered, as Luther Hughes and the Cannonball-Coltrane Project brought a mix of old and new jazz styles and arrangements. Members included Glenn Cashman on tenor sax, Ed Czach on piano, Paul Kreibich on drums, and Luther Hughes on bass with special guest Tom Luer on alto sax. As the concert started, the band began to play the Cannonball…

November 13, 2012

Frank Potenza Trio thrills ELAC audience

  By Vivian Ramirez The Frank Potenza Trio entertained music lovers last Friday in the S2 Recital Hall for this month’s First Friday Jazz Series. The Trio features Frank Potenza, jazz guitarist and Studio/Jazz Guitar Department Chair at USC’s Thornton School of Music. The rest of the Trio comprised of Joe Bagg on the organ and Charles Ruggiero playing the drum set. A protégé of guitar legend Joe Pass, Potenza’s…

October 9, 2012

Justo Almario Quartet kicks off Friday jazz series

By Vivian Ramirez The First Friday Jazz Series kicked off the new semester with a performance by the Justo Almario Quartet in the S2 Recital Hall on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. The group is composed of bassist John Pena, guitarist Ramon Stagnaro, drummer Walter Rodriguez, and features saxophonist Justo Almario. Almario is a well-known musician in the industry who has shared the stage with Tito Puente, Charles Mingus, and Queen…

September 18, 2012

Band ends semester on good note

  By Christina Burrola Amazing solos on the piano, flute, and trumpet, plus some good vocals, made the Latin Jazz Concert great. Mixed all together it made you want to dance. The East Los Angeles College music department and the associated students had a latin jazz concert featuring the ELAC Latin Jazz Ensemble. It was supposed to begin at 7:30 on Saturday night in the S2 recital hall but due…

May 16, 2012

ELAC jazz festival entertains audience

By Justine Quintana A lively performance by Caleb Quaye and the Faculty had the audience at the Performing and Fine Arts Center on the edge of their seats last Friday night. The event showcased talented musicians playing a wide range of music from the band’s original songs to covers such as “The Ocean” by Led Zeppelin. The set of 14 songs drew in a 40-plus crowd for the intimate performance, keeping…

November 9, 2011

Tight plot ‘Ides’ shine

By: Justine Quintana “The Ides of March” is a story of a modern day political campaign entailing the ‘hush-hush’ situations that happen behind the scenes and the limits one dedicated second-in-command will go to. The film stars Ryan Gosling as Stephen Meyers and George Clooney as Mike Morris. Meyers has to not only save his career, but also the career of the governor he is campaigning for, Morris. Meyers brings…

October 13, 2011