Thursday, August 16, 2018

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By Kim

It wasn't Christmas....but the lights were all on.

The location is 108 E. 2nd Street nested between a neat stretch called Harlem Place and Main.

This gem can easily be missed if you're not careful so think...Electricity, Fire, Groove,

Hallelujah, Innovative, Ignition Jam. "EFGHIIJ".

All of the above is applicable to the gentlemen's performance on Thursday, September 18th, 2008 at a club that was once The Edison Electric Company. The space is inviting for those interested in the happy hour scene, some appetizers, conversation, house music that encompasses everything... Read More

By Kim

Imagine this... An Olympics Marathon of the blues mixed with straight ahead jazz relays, all seasoned with a dash of ballads, swing, and contemporary compositions from the 60's and 70's and a standard turned into a tantalizing tango.

This was the soulful session that occurred Friday night August 15th, at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. The packed lounge and bar area was alive with easy conversation, food and drink; I was seated with a friend. As we settled in for an evening of dinner and Friday night relaxation, we anticipated a wondrous musical experience.

Pianist - David Arnay... Read More

I arrived at my seat just as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones banner unfurled and the band began its set. Each member of the band wore mismatched plaid jackets, pants, and ties, and the band jumped right into its set.Not long into the set, Dicky Barrett pointed to a guy in a pristine white shirt and jeans in the front of the audience and asked him to come up on stage. He said, “You might recognize this guy as a member of the cast of The Hills.” He proceeded to ask the guy where he was from. When the guy said, “OC,” Dicky asserted that the guy was from Newport Beach and then dedicated the song to... Read More

By Kim

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

By Kim

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

By Kim

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

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