A dutiful audience got an earful and a soul-stirring fulfillment at Farmer's Market - West Patio on July 10, 2008. Please correct me if I'm wrong but didn't we go to the Moon in July, 1969?
Well all of us didn't go so...The Elliot Caine Quartet shuttled us through the galaxy of Lee Morgan, Benny Golson tunes, and pieces that were their original compositions. It was a melody of straight ahead, Latin-tinted, and standards.
Elliot's Quintet consisted of the following ingenious musicians
Paul Randall - Saxophone
Rick Olsen - Piano
Kenny Elliott -Drums
Bill... Read More
If you're coming from downtown Chicago, the ride to the "Southside" seems a million miles away. As I made my way there by Highway 90 and 94 all I could do was anticipate seeing the icon, the true great one, a legend in time, one who had performed the Jazz scene before I was born, a man who had more Jazz in his finger tip than I had in my ardent soul. Why? Because that man is the MAN! Saxophonist, Von Freeman had been around for decades. He had played with some of the best. Von had breathed, walked, talked, and lived Jazz.
Von's son Chico Freeman was also a great Jazz musician. He's saxophone... Read More
The evening breeze brought a chill to the crowd. It wasn't long before the temperature warmed up as the vocal chops of Barbara Morrison and her soulful ensemble began their performance to a packed house at the Hollywood and Highland Shopping Center Courtyard on June 3, 2008.
Helen Borgers from KJAZZ 88.1 FM Station was our gracious hostess for the evening.
Barbara, a Jazz and Blues musician with her band kicked off the season of the "The Wine and Jazz Summer series" with a smorgasbord of Jazz, Blues, Soul, endearing stories, and interaction with the crowd.
"I love being... Read More
I don't normally do this sort of thing, but I feel I should say a few words about Bo Diddley. It's not because I had any personal tie with him. Although I did see him perform one time and that in itself is kind of an amazing thing. Not that I got to see him perform, mind you, but that I got to see him perform at the Ohio State student union for 10 bucks. Think about that. At that point, Bo was already in his mid-60s, and I saw him, a rock and roll legend, for a 10-spot at a student unition.
The reason I feel compelled to write this is because today, we lost something more than just a... Read More
Santa Monica Festival-Revel with a Cause
The Santa Monica Festival presented by The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, Community & Cultural Services Department, the Santa Monica Arts Commission, and the City of Santa Monica Environmental & Public Works Management Department was a huge success. The theme for this year’s festival was “Revel with a Cause.” The festival was held on May 10th at Clover Park in Santa Monica.
There are many events happening throughout the city for the entire family to enjoy. The Santa Monica Festival stands out for several reasons:... Read More
Back in December, I had the opportunity to interview Bastard Winos. Recently, I caught up with the band and saw its performance at Fitzgerald's in Huntington Beach.
The band (well, three-fourths of it) kicked off its performance with a lowdown blues tune called "Orange Blossom." I don't know if it was the band's intention to begin with this song or if they chose to start with this one because the lead singer had not yet arrived. In any case, it was a tremendous way to begin the show, particularly with Harlis's guitar solo.
The band performed the first few tunes without Chile,... Read More
The weather was just right as a crowd of Jazz enthusiasts gathered to experience the glorious and tireless musicianship of Justo Almario and his wonderful ensemble on May 2, 2008 at the Friday Night Jazz Series hosted by Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in Los Angeles, California.
Justo conducted a "sound check" with the standard, "All The Things You Are" that quickly captivated our attention. His attention to melody, harmony, and the essence of the tune during his warm up was exquisitely beautiful.
Mr. Almario humbly accepted the applause and whispered into his microphone with... Read More
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