Sunday, June 21, 2009
“Papa” John Phillips created an entirely new sound in the 1960’s.
The hits of the “Mamas and the Papas,” many of which he wrote — and the arrangements for those songe — were based, he told me, on “something old, something new and all of it just slightly familiar so you think you may have heard it before or should have heard it before but can’t quite put your finger on it.”
That something was jazz.
The iconic songwriter, singer and Monterey Pop Festival producer who had put Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin on the world’s stage for the first time, Phillips was actaully a jazzer at heart.
John loved jazz so much that he named his daughter Bijou after a Lambert, Hendricks and Ross tune, “Mon Petit Bijou.”
One night at the Palm Springs house he shared with his fourth and forever wife, Farnaz, he decided to teach me how to sing the poignant jazz classic, “Something Cool.” It was about 4 a.m. — John never slept — and he had picked up his 12-string guitar, sat down on the floor and crossed his long legs in front of him. Strumming and phrasing slowly and simply, he sang in… Read the full story »
Friday, June 12, 2009
Planning an Old Hollywood wedding?
You’ll need some great vintage wedding music to go with your petit fours, wedding cake, champagne, chicken a la king and canapes.
And there’s nothing that says vintage better than live vintage music.
Our bands specialize in vintage live music, spontaneity and an… Read the full story »
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
There’s something so special about having a live band, and nothing like live vintage music to set up an element of luxury and elegance on any budget.
And everyone loves an ocean view.
There are many lovely settings in Southern California.
From Pismo Beach to Laguna Niguel….Santa… Read the full story »
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Memorable wedding receptions are based on thought and planning.
That goes for the music that is played throughout the event.
Live music is a delicious ingredient, and it can be used in many unique ways to spice up a hospitality promotion, concert or special event.
Judy Chamberlain can… Read the full story »
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Of swinging jazz big bands music, Old Hollywood and the Rat Pack….
From Santa Barbara to Temecula and Palm Springs, Old Hollywood vintage weddings are fun!
The nostalgia loving bride who wears a vintage wedding dress is probably the same bride who will like a location in… Read the full story »