Tight harmonies and sass: True North at bluewhale

by Lauren Michelle Hayes, Lister reviewer Tucked away in the corner of a large shopping center in the heart of Little Tokyo, the bluewhale bar provided a beautiful, artistic, and eclectic space for vocal jazz quartet, True North, on January 11, a chilly Monday night.  Comprised of the brilliant vocals of soprano Katie Campbell, alto Sharmila G. Lash, tenor Fletcher … Read more

Duality in full choral color

LA Chamber Singers’ spring fest champions great works in small groups Peter Rutenberg isn’t just a conductor-composer-educator-pianist-writer…  (we must be missing a few).  He’s a true enthusiast, whose passion for truly great music extends from early to contemporary and has provided equally jazzed audiences with extraordinary concerts and recordings for many years.  With the Los … Read more

True North debuts in Little Tokyo

One of the poems about music inscribed on the ceiling of downtown’s Blue Whale jazz club reads, “As brightness is to time, so you are to the one who talks to the deep ear in your chest.” TRUE NORTH made a truly bright debut in Los Angeles on May 11, singing directly into the deep … Read more

LA’s best voices show their brassy stuff

Hollywood is home to a vocal project that is drawing drawing bona fide excitement from fans and performers alike:  Singers Elite‘s Vocal Big Band” has deconstructed the classic sound of a 40s-style jazz engine, replacing the horns and strings with… singers!  The sound is surprising, even magnetic, and is creating a buzz across the industry. … Read more

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