Wednesday (1/5) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, Reed Johnson writes, “No one is calling Gustavo Dudamel the ‘King of All Media’ yet, a la Howard Stern. But on Tuesday night the telegenic young L.A. maestro demonstrated his growing celebrity wattage while sitting opposite Jay Leno and alongside a certain member of pop culture’s certified royalty [Queen Latifah]. The Dude had proven he was ready for prime time even before he became music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and moved his family to the Hollywood Hills. … On Tuesday, Dudamel stepped into the even brighter lights of ’The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,’ his first appearance on the late-night NBC chat-variety program. … Looking relaxed and sounding confident—he is accustomed to performing in front of thousands of people, after all—Dudamel related some familiar tales with enthusiasm: of how he learned music at the knee of his father, a professional brass player; and how, as a boy, he used to line up his toys and pretend to conduct them.” Video of the interview can be viewed at the Los Angeles Times link above.

Posted January 5, 2011