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By Kim

It was a picture perfect afternoon in Los Angeles, June 26, 2011 when New York Jazz vocalist, Nancy Kelly took us on an unforgettable journey at Jazz At The A Frame snuggled in the Hollywood Hills.

The meaning of the Blues; which is without a doubt the heartbeat of Jazz was portrayed in a most engaging fashion by Ms. Kelly and her mind-blowing rhythm section.

Eric Reed - Piano

Hamilton Price - Bass

Kevin Kanner - Drums

Just a few of the engaging arrangements that graced a spellbound crowd on a perfect summer day were

Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Nice... Read More

Let The Good Times Roll with Jazz, Books, Zydeco and the Blues

Los Angeles- Residents of greater Los Angeles and the surrounding communities look forward to the start of summer. There are a plethora of cultural events to enjoy that are designed for the entire family, almost every day of the week. Recently, I had the pleasure of enjoying three events, three days in a row. These events were all significant due to the fact that each were celebrating a milestone.

20th Season of Jazz At LACMA

It has been awhle since I have attended this event in the past. The Los Angeles... Read More

Bee Bop, Doo Wop, Broadway and the Blues

Los Angeles- Black Music Month takes place each year in June. Former President Jimmy Carter, who on June 7, 1979, decreed that June would be the month of Black Music. Every President after Mr. Carter, have announced to Americans that we should celebrate Black Music Month. (wikipedia)

Every June, America and the world celebrates Black Music Month. This recognized the enormous contributions African Americans have made in the world of music. A quick google search showed events taking place all across the United States and on an international... Read More

Super Bad Soul of Jazz Fest

New Orleans- Once again I had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans to attend the 42nd Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. This event was held on April 29-May 8, 2011. Over 400,000 music aficionados from all over the world attended all or parts of America's number one festival. I'm glad that I was in attendance for both weeekends. Heard some amazing music, ate some delicious food, met some more wonderful people as I do each time I visit the Crescent City or Big Easy.

I stayed at the Days Inn Airport in Kenner. I felt... Read More

Lupe Fiasco and Steele Pulse to Headline Jazz Reggae Festival

Los Angeles-I was fortunate enough to be in attendance during the early stages of the UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival. I started attending the festival around the 8th or 9th year. I have witnessed how the festival has grown tremendously over the years. This is due to the devoted, dedicated and professionalism of the students organizing the festival. This is the largest student run festival west of the Mississippi or in the country. The 25th Annual UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival boast a stellar line-up.

The festival celebrates... Read More

3rd Annual Jazzy Jam Pasadena

Pasadena- The 3rd Annual Jazzy Jam-Pasadena: Education for Empowerment Benefit Concert was held on Saturday, May 14, 2011. This worthy benefit concert with the proceeds supporting enrichment programs for children and youth served by Charity Events LA and Flintridge Center was held in Central Park on a cool, overcast day.

An enthusiastic crowd was in attendance at Pasadena's Central Park, which is experiencing a cultural revival with the return of the 3rd Annual Jazzy Jam Pasadena.

The crowd and I were having a church going experience in... Read More

Walking in New Orleans during JazzFest

New Orleans- As soon I my plane landed, I hit the ground walking. The Big Easy is a great pedestrian friendly city. There is a lot of places to go within walking distance near the French Quarters.

The first stop on my musical journey was the New Orleans Music Legends Park at 311 Bourbon Street. This is a very cozy area with statues of Pete Fountain, Al Hirt and Fats Domino. New inductess consist of Louis Prima, Chris Owens and Ronnie Kole. I arrived just in time as Eileina was greeting fans and others in attendance.Eileina and keyboardist... Read More

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