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Los Angeles Times

Chris Barton

Writer

Chris Barton is the Los Angeles Times’ deputy pop music editor, jazz critic and pop cultural snark peddler in the weekly column, Overrated/Underrated. In addition to writing for The Times for more than 10 years, his words have appeared in the Seattle Weekly, Magnet magazine and a host of extinct dotcoms. He was born in Boston, studied in the Bay Area and his fate was probably decided somewhere between first hearing John Coltrane’s “Equinox” and Charlie Hunter’s “Natty Dread.” 

Recent Articles

  • Jazz Bakery awarded NEA grant to support three shows in 2014

    Jazz Bakery awarded NEA grant to support three shows in 2014

    Though still-itinerant while waiting for a planned new home in Culver City, the Jazz Bakery was awarded an NEA Art Works Grant of $15,000, which will be put toward staging three shows with ensembles led by Ron Carter, Kenny Barron and Toshiko Akioshi. Scheduled for 2014, the concerts will also...

  • Box office: 'Hobbit' sequel stands tall

    Box office: 'Hobbit' sequel stands tall

    To no one's surprise, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" laid waste to the competition at the box office on Friday, earning an estimated $31 million. Starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf, the 3-D "Hobbit" sequel is expected to take in...

  • Jazz review: Charlie Haden speaks volumes at REDCAT

    Jazz review: Charlie Haden speaks volumes at REDCAT

    It's a grim reality, but there's one thing you don't expect from Charlie Haden on stage in 2013, and that's a lot of conversation. Stricken by post-polio syndrome since late 2010 (Haden was first diagnosed with a bulbar form of the disease around his throat and facial muscles at 15), his voice...

  • Jazz guitar great Jim Hall dies at 83

    Jazz guitar great Jim Hall dies at 83

    Guitarist Jim Hall, an understated yet profoundly influential presence on jazz guitar, died in his sleep Tuesday morning at his New York City home. He was 83. Hall, whose career began in the '50s as part of the West Coast jazz scene with Jimmy Giuffre and Chico Hamilton, recorded with wealth of...

  • Five musical reasons to see Charlie Haden at REDCAT Tuesday

    Five musical reasons to see Charlie Haden at REDCAT Tuesday

    You can't talk about modern jazz without talking about Charlie Haden. The bassist who forged a woodsy backbone for groundbreaking recordings with Ornette Coleman and later went on to found the jazz program at CalArts, Haden has been in poor health since the onset of post-polio syndrome in 2010...

  • Box office: A chilly opening for 'Out of the Furnace'

    Box office: A chilly opening for 'Out of the Furnace'

    The lone film opening in wide release on Friday, "Out of the Furnace," failed to generate much heat going into its debut weekend. Starring Christian Bale as a blue-collar worker in a film directed by Scott Cooper of "Crazy Heart," the film earned $1.8 million on Friday, according to estimates....

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