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Jump, Jive and Swing in Beverly Hills with Jazz Music

Beverly Hills - The Playboy Jazz Festival Free Community Concert was held on May 5, "Cinco de Mayo" in the City of Beverly Hills. This is the 19th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival Free Community Concert in Beverly Hills. The concert was held at the Beverly Hills Civic Center Plaza with excellent acoustics. The sun toyed with the crowd and me on this sometimes overcast, otherwise sunny day.

Brad Williams, KJAZZ 88.1 FM, radio host served as Master of Ceremonies. The Beverly Hills High School Jazz Band, directed by Bill Bradbury... Read More

44th Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

New Orleans-The first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell is a wrap.Jazzfest is an extremely huge celebration of the unique culture and heritage of the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana with world class music,mouthwatering cuisine and unique crafts.Now in it's 44th year,the festival presents a smorgasbord of hundreds of bands on twelve different stages,performing virtually every style of music,to the delight of music aficionados.Jazzfest as it is affectionally known,draws almost... Read More

Movin' & Grooven at Jazz in the Park

New Orleans- Food,arts and crafts and New Orleans music and dance were all part of the festivities that people enjoyed on Thursday,April 25th. People United for Armstrong Park, presented "Jazz in the Park" and Marketplace in Louis Armstrong Park, 801 N. Rampart Street.

This fun and popular cultural event featured musical performances and dances of New Skool Brass Band along with Undefeated Divas and Gents Secondline Dancers, Shannon Powell's All Star Band and Glen David Andrews.

Jazz in the Park began in Spring 2012, this is the... Read More

Isla Del Encanto Festival

Bell, CA.- Isla Del Encanto Festival is an annual gathering organized by The California Puerto Rican Parade and Festival. The festival celebrated and showcased the richness and vibrancy of Puerto Rican culture. This wonderful gathering of Boricuas as well as others who enjoy salsa, bachata, cumbia and merenque to celebrate the culture of Puerto Rico with music, food and family. The festival took place at Treder Park in the City of Bell. The park and surrounding area served as the perfect setting on this beautiful, Southern Californina afternoon with a slight... Read More

Babe's and Ricky's Inn

Santa Monica - It is not too often that you get to see a great movie with the blues as its soundtrack. To top it off, movie goers were treated to a live performance of the blues at the conclusion of the movie.

I'm referring to the movie Babe's and Ricky's Inn, directed by Ramin Niami. This movie was the Centerpiece during the 21st Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival, where the film won the Festival Programming Award. I missed the showing of the movie and the blues jam that followed during its showing at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival ,... Read More

All of us enjoy music. We all have different kinds of genres that we enjoy and some that we don't. Music is an amazing and powerful medium that can bring out all kinds of emotions from us. Music can be used in a variety of ways and can affect every person differently. It can make people nostalgic, sad, happy, excited, or romantic...just to name a few. Some examples of the effects of music is how it can "soothe the soul” or “pump up” athletes when they are getting ready for a game. Some players like to listen to loud, upbeat music to "psyche themselves up" before a game while other people prefer... Read More

Upright sleeves of vinyl records – Mayall, Joplin and Bloomfield – sit above a dishevelled shelf of 70 assorted blues CDs, and these days an under-used turntable. I read the CD titles from left to right, tucking in a Broonzy and dusting off a Burnside.

I grab another, wrong way round, lifting it clear and prying it open until the printed jacket floats to the floor – the cover’s plastic nib broken – the artwork landing with track titles and credits up, along with the scrawl of Dom Turner’s initials in thick black text. Dom is the iconic blues guitarist of Australian group the Backsliders.... Read More

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