David Newman didn't start out to be a film composer. He wasn't even fully aware of the crucial role his father had played in film music history until a few years after Alfred Newman had died.
Long before Alanis Morissette delivered her treatise about what life is like when it is "Ironic," Randy Newman was pop music's ironist par excellence.
It seems almost too perfect. The Newman music family. The legacy of the triumvirate of Alfred, Lionel and Emil carried on by the younger generation of Randy, Thomas, David and Maria.
For a little more than 40 minutes this month, John Mauceri will present a Brazilian travelogue in music with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, connecting the arrival of the Portuguese to Carmen Miranda…
The sumptuous music bassist Charlie Haden has composed and recorded with his Quartet West pays allegiance to a romanticized vision of Los Angeles, the one seen in film noir and detailed in the novels…
As she was making the label rounds, the rap on Meredith Brooks was that she was a sassy singer-songwriter in the Alanis Morissette mold -- perhaps too much so to make a name for herself.
Ornette Coleman (Avery Fisher Hall, New York; ,738 seats; $ 55 top) Presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Performers: (July 8) Ornette Coleman, Denardo Coleman, Dave Bryant, Bradley…
Kirsten Smith used to take the somewhat seasonal nature of the scoring stage business for granted.
Hollywood history is filled with family dynasties of one sort or another --- the Barrymores, the Fondas, the Hustons --- but in the realm of music, only one name qualifies: the Newmans.
The Memorial Day shakeup at EMI Music set in motion a series of restructurings at the U.K.-based conglom that momentarily distracted industry types from the dismal atmosphere at the retail level…
The volume and diversity of musical talent in Los Angeles is simply staggering. From classical players, jazz hounds and studio aces to grunge rockers, mariachi bands and polka outfits, L.A. is home…