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New Friday Nights at the Getty Season Features Outstanding Female Vocalists and Explorations of Poetry

September 19, 2002

LOS ANGELES—The popular Friday Nights at the Getty series returns with an intriguing new season of performances running from September through December 2002 at the Getty Center. Upcoming concerts highlight acclaimed female vocalists who imaginatively interpret jazz, soul, pop, and world music. In November will be two special evenings mixing poetry and eclectic music. Each event begins at 7:30 p.m. and is held in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles.

The Friday Nights series opens on September 20 with René Marie, an award-winning singer, composer, and arranger who has earned praise as one of the best in a new generation of outstanding jazz vocalists.  On September 27 is María Márquez, a Caracas-born chanteuse whose jazz and world music influences shape elegant Venezuelan love songs and boleros. On October 4, British singer/songwriter Julia Fordham draws on her versatile and expressive four-octave voice to deliver a moving mix of soul, pop, and R&B. On November 1 is a spoken word/musical performance by the Filipino collective LA Enkanto Kollective; followed on November 8 with the The Spine of Califas: A Poetic Road Trip featuring poet/radio journalist Adolfo Guzman Lopez and the sounds of Xiuy Velo and Willy Herron of Los Illegals.  On December 6, the last concert before the series breaks until spring, is Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys playing forgotten ragtime gems and naughty ditties. 

Admission to Friday Nights at the Getty is free, but performance reservations are required and are available on a specific date for each month’s event (see schedule on next page). Due to the overwhelming popularity of the series, reservations for the first two concerts are no longer available. Reservations for the October through December performances can be made by calling 310-440-7300 or visiting; up to four tickets may be requested. Reservations are honored up to 15 minutes before show time. Seating is general admission and early arrival is highly recommended. Parking is $5 per car.

The Getty is open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. No parking reservations are required. The Friday Nights at the Getty series provides a perfect opportunity to explore the Museum’s art galleries, dine indoors or outside, and enjoy the spectacular hilltop views of L.A. at night. On Friday and Saturday, the Restaurant is open until 9 p.m. and the Cafe is open until 8:30 p.m. Call 310-440-7300 or visit for Restaurant reservations.

Reservations for members of the press who wish to review the September performances may still be requested.

Friday, September 20, 7:30 p.m. – René Marie    SOLD OUT
The burning rhythms and tonal density of dazzling vocalist, composer, and arranger
René Marie have taken the jazz world by storm as she unfailingly breathes new life into cherished standards and composes original songs that uphold yet delightfully challenge tradition.  René Marie makes a welcome stop at the Getty en route to the Monterey Jazz Festival. 

Friday, September 27, 7:30 p.m. – María Márquez    SOLD OUT
The Caracas-born, Oakland-based María Márquez, who infuses jazz with South American/Brazilian, Cuban, and other flavors, is considered among the ranks of present-day world music divas Cesaria Evora and Susana Baca and influenced by such greats as Nina Simone, Astrid Gilberto, and Edith Piaf. She will be joined by four of the Bay Area’s finest musicians to perform classic Venezuelan boleros and other selections in Spanish from her recent recording Once Cuentas de Amor/Eleven Love Songs.

Friday October 4, 7:30 p.m. – Julia Fordham 
British singer/songwriter Julia Fordham is known for a warm and radiant four-octave voice that skillfully blends soul, pop, and R&B.  Fordham, who returns to the Getty after a brief guest appearance last year with vocalist Judith Owen, will perform selections from her new recording Concrete Love, which features duets with the Grammy-nominated India.Arie and talented singer/songwriter Joe Henry. Produced by Community Arts Resources. Reservations are available beginning September 25 at 9 a.m.

Friday, November 1, 7:30 p.m. – LA Enkanto Kollective
Fresh from the release of their 2001 CD, In Our Blood: Filipina/o American Poetry and Spoken Word From Los Angeles, the performers from
LA Enkanto bring a variety of styles and textures to the stage. Mixing hip-hop, balagtasan, dialogues, song, and poetry, each performer’s unique vision reveals the many dynamics of Filipina/o-American life in Los Angeles. Produced by Community Arts Resources. Reservations are available beginning October 25 at 9 a.m.

Friday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. – The Spine of Califas: A Poetic Road Trip
Drive the poetic highways of California with poet and L.A. public radio journalist Adolfo Guzman Lopez. Stop along the way with poets from San Diego, Los Angeles, the San Joaquin Valley and points north. This poetry of place will be performed to the live new music of Xiuy Velo and Willy Herron of the seminal East L.A. punk band Los Illegals.  Produced by Community Arts Resources.
Reservations are available beginning October 25 at 9 a.m.

Friday, December 6, 7:30 p.m. – Music by Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys
Janet Klein, L.A.’s reigning ukulele songster, has been called “A Betty Boop for the fin de siecle” (L.A. Weekly). With her all-star band the Parlor Boys contributing various combinations of whistling, guitars, banjo, accordion, and piano, Klein specializes in witty, obscure, and double-entendre gems from the late ragtime and early jazz era circa 1910 – 1935. Produced by Community Arts Resources. Reservations are available beginning November 23 at 9 a.m.

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