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Going to Paris is a Must

By Valerie Milano

Newport Beach, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/8/201– On a pleasant Sunday night at the stroke of sunset, Campus Jax in Newport Beach played host to the eclectic music of Paris Chansons, an international Jazz sextet that delivered their own version of French cooking for a friendly, enthusiastic outdoor audience of over 100 guests, socially distanced in a huge tent.

Endre Balogh, Milano & Julia Kantor (Photo: THT)

Paris Chansons describes itself as a French band with a twist. It gives you oldies from songbooks of Piaf and Aznavour as well as Euro classics laced with folk melodies from Italy, Russia, and Eastern Europe. The group is well drilled and combines Jazzy improvisation, Gypsy violin, and the charisma of lead singer Julia Kantor to irresistible effect.

Probably the most talented musician being Endre Balgoh and his gypsy violin.  He has performed as violin soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic & many other worldwide symphony orchestras as well as countless other European ensembles.

Music enthusiasts enjoying their time with Jean-Louis Darville after the show

He is an accomplished chamber music performer and toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe with the Pacific Trio for nearly 30 years. He has also collaborated in concert with such luminaries as Vladimir Horowitz and Leonard Pennario as well as in the acclaimed series of 1993 chamber concerts: “André Watts and Friends.”

Paris Chansons is the musical baby of husband and wife team Jacob and Julia Kantor. Julia is Ukrainian-born but spent her formative years in Paris absorbing the music and culture while hubby Jacob is a Russian-born singer/songwriter/guitarist whose energized guitar work is the beating rhythmic heart of the ensemble.

September Paris Chansons show at Campus Jax. Fun dancing by our car, no more of that.

Campus Jax owner Jack Jasper has done a good job providing the Newport Beach citizenry (and beyond) a socially observant, first-rate entertainment option on Sunday nights.  This time around, though, no dancing was even allowed out by our car nor did we get to say hi to the entertainers unless we went outside the tent.  So sad and so many rules here.  But Top-notch music and the famous Spicy Buttery Shrimp is a slam dunk date-night combo. Life is indeed a Cabaret.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.