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Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Literary Fair and Jazz & Gospel Festival Brightened the Day

Los Angeles-Many people woke up on Saturday, June 6 and thought that it would turn out to be a gloomy day after a down pour of rain in the early morning hours.

I had the pleasure of attending two events that shined brightly on what some thought would be a gloomy day.

My first stop was Leimert Park Village for the 3rd Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair with the theme “Celebrating Our Legacy: Families Reading Together.” Many families were in attendance to enjoy the plethora of inter-active,... Read More

Early in my teens, I became enamored with the power of being a DJ. As a small kid, it blew me away to see the effect that music had on people, and the amazing control that a disc jockey could then have over an assembled crowd, regardless of his size. I saw how music could turn a simple gathering in a party, and turn awkward first meetings of strangers into steamy rendezvous. Of course, it wasn't just any music that could do this, but the right music. And so the axiom originally opined by Stan Lee in 1962 (via the Amazing SpiderMan) once again proved true for the disc jockey: with great... Read More

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

By Kim

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

By Kim

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

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