Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. A romantic, old-fashioned wedding. Fabulous!
The setting: A private estate at Trancas Beach, north of Malibu, Zuma Beach and Point Dume. WAY out there, on that rugged part of the California Coast that’s as gorgeous as it gets.
The event: An absolutely spectacular, old-fashioned, formal wedding! Vintage, retro Old Hollywood, Old Malibu glamour to the max! Pure perfection.
The wedding coordinator: Avesta Carrera of Malibu Events – the consummate, elegant party planner.
The music: US, of course! One of my small but mighty Los Angeles wedding bands extraordinaire, The Judy Chamberlain Quintet – playing the music of Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin.
It’s all swing to us and — as Frank Sinatra once said — “it’s the best music ever written.”
The festivities began with a 90 minute “seating music” concert by our classical duo in the courtyard of the estate, playing the bride’s choices of unusual, intense and intricate symphonic music. No Pachelbel or Lohengrin for this lady, though! Big fun, and the selections truly delighted and surprised the guests.
The continuity of a smooth transition from one style of music to another is a beautiful thing. It’s one… Read the full story »
Friday, July 18, 2008
Sometimes the families and guests at Asian weddings are shy about dancing in public. Here is a letter I especially treasure from a recent Asian bride who was afraid her father would not dance:
The whole band was great. They were so talented! Sam… Read the full story »
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Retro and romantic music is one of my specialties, so I was thrilled when Audrey and Vivian Heredia phoned to tell me that their fabulous McCharles House was reopening as a wedding and events venue and invited… Read the full story »
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
The Judy Chamberlain Quartet performs at Spazio Jazz Supper Club in Sherman Oaks Saturday July 26. Join us at the delightful Spazio, consistently voted one of the top 100 jazz clubs in America. The food is wonderful! Chef Eli has just introduced a new menu…. Read the full story »