luckman season--cocktails with joey



Margie Yu
Public Affairs Asst.
(323) 343-3047

of Events


LOS ANGELES, CA-April 14, 1999-Joey Altruda and his 18 piece Mambo Noir Orchestra--whose music can be heard in the films Swingers and Clockwatcher, and is used by Raiford Roger's Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, combines talents in the innovative music and dance extravaganza, Cocktails with Joey on Saturday, May 15 at 8 p.m. at the Luckman Theatre on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles.

Cocktails with Joey, hailed as "miraculous" by the Los Angeles Times, returns to the Luckman Fine Arts Complex this spring with even more mambos and cha chas set to dance. The expanded production will also feature new costumes by Layne Nielson, Rudy Gernreich's partner in the '60s. Audience members can look forward to Rogers' expanded production and dance piece.

In the emergent lounge music movement, no figure has been as singularly acclaimed as bassist/composer Joey Altruda. Long before the whole cocktail lounge explosion, Altruda's band, Cocktails with Joey captured the sounds of the hi-fi, space age, technicolor, shaken not stirred, smoking-jacket Van Heusen Man-with-leggy-blond shuffling around the pad to cha chas and mambos.

The "juice" or energy of early mambo music is the ingredient that sets Altruda's band apart from the homogenized sound often heard in retro bands. Noir refers to the cues he takes from film soundtracks, seldom explored or enjoyed on their own. The concept of the collaborative ballet Cocktails with Joey comes from a shared enthusiasm for these genres, and the chance to uncover something new.

It should not surprise anyone that Altruda would team up with choreographer Raiford Rogers, who has earned critical acclaim for his innovative collaborations. His Los Angeles Chamber Ballet has been inspired by sources as diverse as Woody Allen, Charlie Haden, Sandra Tsing Loh, Roy Orbison and the bossa nova.

Tickets are $40.00/$35.00 and $20 for students and seniors and are available through TicketMaster and the Luckman Theatre Box Office at (323) 343-6600.

The Luckman Theatre is a major component of the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts facility. The complex is located at Cal State L.A. at the junction of the I-710 (Long Beach) and I-10 (San Bernardino) freeways, five minutes from downtown.

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