A Culture of Change at Jazz Reggae Festival
Los Angeles-I mis-calculated my arrival time to the campus of UCLA due to errands that I had to take care of. I missed the performance of the group Louder Than Words featuring Alex Isley, the daughter of Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers. I also regret that I missed Kalil Wilson & The Berkeley Everett Sextet for my annual dose of jazz at the 23rd Annual UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival presented by Scion, May 24-25, 2009 on the Intra-mural Field.
I enjoy the fact that the organizers allow students groups to perform who attend UCLA.... Read More
Thunderous Latin Rhythms Reverberated thru UCLA & Westwood
Los Angeles-I’m still feeling the infectious rhythms of charanga, salsa, Latin jazz and Brazilian music in my pulse several days after my recent visit to UCLA and the Hammer Museum in Westwood.
The purpose for my visit was to attend the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the campus of UCLA as well as The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Department of Ethnomusicology and the Hammer Museum joint presentation of Spring Festival of World Music.
Both of these events, held on Saturday, April... Read More
Palm Sunday afternoon at the Jazz Bakery was filled with fitting music as Justo Almario - Saxophonist, Clarinetist, and Flutist led the way with his joyous ensemble.
Many songs performed were from the group's latest project, "Open Hands" that explores a variety of South American rhythms, Straight Ahead Jazz and the Blues in an authentic and sacred fashion.
Justo Almario - Woodwinds
Abraham Laboriel - Bass
Greg Mathieson -Piano
Bill Maxwell - Drums
The set got started with a very engaging piece, "Drum Along With Bill". Please pardon me, Mitch Miller... Read More
Against all odds Susan Boyle is this week the subject of everybody’s conversation. Everywhere in the world. She got into fame after her remarkable (outstanding!) appearance on last week’s Britain’s Got Talent, on ITV1. And the Queen would definitely be well inspired to give her a medal of some sort, because her story is amazing and Susan certainly is an example of how it is possible to get through everything even tough your start in life was one of the most difficult possible…
AGAINST ALL ODDS
Against all odds because Susan Boyle was starved of oxygen... Read More
A cool Friday evening of April 3rd found an audience at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica enveloped in the melodic sound of waves from the ocean in the background.
This proved a perfect setting for Musician - Flutist Ellen Burr as she performed a stunning arrangement of George Telemann's "Twelve Fantasies for Solo Flute"
Each Fantasy whether performed in a major or minor key, flat or sharp sound, displayed emotive expression that gave you the feel as if you were in the living room of heaven with the creator hosting a private concert for you... Read More
Although he approaches the piece with a shy smile, the intensity of his spirit leaves you anything but reserved.
The Wycliffe Gordon Quintet presented a magnificent performance at Jazz at the A Frame on March 22, 2009.
Trevor Ware on Bass
John Beasley on Piano
Ricky Woodard on Saxophone
Clayton Cameron on Drums
Wycliffe Gordon on Trombone and Piano
John Coltrane's "Impressions" was taken to a level of exquisite and reeling chord progressions, and phenomenal soloing. Wycliffe often sounded as if he were in conversation... Read More
When Nashville turned its back on country music in favor of the slick, over-produced, and video driven second rate Top Forty that now haunts country radio, I knew the end was near. Sometime in the last century the old guard of 16th Avenue was replaced with the robot-like parade of “New Country” acts, and I started making funeral arrangements for country music. Fresh faced overpaid corporate producers who never set foot in Tennessee had started churning out Top Ten hits with only one goal in mind: Chart position.
When Nashville took its cue from their target audience who... Read More
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