The preferred language of the night was Standards, Straight Ahead, and Blues at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. An incredible songstress of Jazz, Janis Mann made many statements with her quartet on Friday, September 26, 2008.
The quartet joining Janis consisted of the following fabulous musicians
Piano – Jim Cox
Woodwinds (of all kinds) – Doug Webb
Bass – Chuck Berghoffer
Drums - Lorca Hart
Vocals - Janis Mann
Janis gave us a perfect rebuttal to the current economy crisis that faces us in this nation with a Billie Holiday favorite. A bluesy,... Read More
If you're a "blues junkie", you simply have to get a hit of this. GUITAR RED, Billy C. Wall, the real deal, real life blues legend, playing and singing his story in a heartfelt, sometimes foot stomping way that'll get you so hooked you will never again settle for anything but the authentic, bona-fide, tried and tested pure stuff.
Pure Blues is a hard thing to find these days. Oh sure, I know there's a whole herd of folks who bill themselves as blues artists and some of them are real solid pickers. But my point is simply this and while it is only my opinion, I just think it's... Read More
In the wake of last year’s monumental insult of Madonna’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Einstein’s at the Hall are at it again. Among this year’s proposed inductees are Run-DMC, and the 1970’s group “Chic.” The Hip-Hop and Disco products of both these groups are the very antithesis of Rock & Roll. Their induction should be considered a travesty especially when bands and artists who have contributed so much to the very fabric of Rock & Roll over many years are regularly over-looked by the politically corrupt keepers of the Hall of Shame.
The powers-that-be... Read More
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
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
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
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