- Stanley Jordan
32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon St.
Saturday, Jan. 15, 9 p.m.
$18 general admission, $28 reserved mezzanine Call 955-5664
The word is still out about jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan. Some critics laud Jordan as "genius," but others, befuddled by his unique "tapping" technique, criticize him for wasting his talent on poor material. Perhaps his early career was hindered by the newness of a technique called tapping: Jordan strikes the fret board with both hands, creating sound notes, allowing him access to greater musical possibilities. Although he gave up the piano at age 11, the piano-evolved technique allows Jordan to accompany himself with additional rhythms. After the hype of the new technique faded, the word on Jordan faded also. In the mid-'80s, Jordan's rep resurfaced. Audiences and critics soon began to cry "genius" and "impresario" in response to his depth of musical emotion, skillful technique and incorporation of non-jazz styles. See for yourself on Saturday at one of the last concerts at 32 Bleu before its revamping.
-- Aaron Menza