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Let Freedom Ring With Jazz

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Jul 5, 2007

Los Angeles-The nation celebrated its 231st Independence Day on July 4, 2007 with block parties, patriotic parades and speeches family picnics on the beach or at local parks. I joined several hundred people for “The 5th Annual Vision Outside” 4th of July Jazz Festival in Leimert Park village. Thanks to Bernard Parks, Councilman, District #8 and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, this festival is fast becoming a must attend event for 4th of July. The group Minority Report kicked off the festivities grooving on “Cold Duck Time” by Eddie Harris. This is a local... (more)

Tags: los angeles, jazz, music

Happy Feet Witnessed at the Long Beach Bayou Festival

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Jun 27, 2007

The 2007 installment of the Long Beach Bayou Festival was a tremendous success. The event was held at the Rainbow Lagoon-one of the original locations where the festival began long time ago. The dates were June 22-24. I’m wondering if the producers of the movie HAPPY FEET got the idea for a movie from attending a Cajun and zydeco dance, festival or concert. People who like Cajun and zydeco music can not stop dancing while the music is playing. I arrived at the new location in time to catch the last song performed by Lee Benoit & The Bayou Stompers. The expanded canopied dance floor was filled... (more)

Tags: los angeles, manhattan, jazz, movie, california, police, music, education

Party Time At The Playboy Jazz Festival

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Jun 20, 2007

Festival Productions organizers of the 29th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival (presented by L.A. Philharmonic Association) were fortunate enough to have a distraction free Fathers Day weekend June 16-17, 2007. The NBA Finals was finished two days before the festival. Paris Hilton was resting comfortably in her jail cell. The weather was pleasantly warm with a Caribbean breeze hovering over the Historic Hollywood Bowl for this year’s highly anticipated jazz festival of the summer. The festival got under way with the Eagle Rock High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Greg Samuel. The band... (more)

Tags: baseball, paris hilton, jazz, hip-hop, nba, hollywood, music

Jammin' at UCLA JazzReggae Fest

By Ricky Ricardo, published on May 31, 2007

Los Angeles-WOW! I can’t believe that another year has gone by and that I was able to celebrate the 21st Annual UCLA JazzReggae Fest with thousands of music lovers from all over Southern California, on May 27 and 28, 2007. The weather Gods looked down favorably upon this event. The Memorial Day weekend was pleasant with a nice Caribbean breeze blowing from the north east. The 2007 version of the festival has evolved into Jam Day on previously featured Jazz on Sunday. I’m glad that the UCLA Cultural Affairs Commissioned decided to keep some jazz on the line-up. I’m hopeful that more... (more)

Tags: los angeles, new york, jazz, california, music, israel

"Living Legends"-Louis Gossett,Jr.,and Chaka Khan

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Feb 27, 2007

Los Angeles-Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke- 2nd District in collaboration with the County Board of Supervisors and County Public Libraries celebrated Black History Month with its annual “Living Legends Series” honoring Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr., and Grammy Award winning artist Chaka Khan and community advocate Henry Porter. The event was held on Saturday, February 24, 2007 at the A.C.Bilbrew Library, 150 East El Segundo Boulevard. This was the 28th year of the “Living Legends” Awards, which take place each year in February to observe Black History Month in... (more)

Tags: los angeles

Jazz To Reign Over the Hollywood Bowl

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Feb 27, 2007

Hollywood-Cloudy skies greeted me as I awoke on the morning of February 22nd, 2007. This did not put a damper on my plans to attend the special news conference to hear the line-up for the 29th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival.

Invited musicians, media (print, radio, internet and T.V) and music industry representatives were amongst the V.I.P. guest in attendance at the Playboy Mansion for the press conference.

The Hamilton High School Academy of Music directed by Dan Taguchi entertained the crowd with a set of straight-ahead jazz.

Darlene Chan-Associate Producer, Playboy Jazz... (more)

Tags: los angeles, jazz, hollywood, music, traffic

Pan African Film and Arts Festival

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Feb 22, 2007

Los Angeles-The 15th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival was held from February 9-February 19, 2007. The PAFF presented ten days of “QUALITY” films that represented the African Diaspora. The PAFF is the largest international Black film festival in the United States showcasing over 170 films from the United Kingdom, Nigeria, South Africa, Mali, Trinidad, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Morocco, France, Germany, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Canada, Cuba, New Zealand, Senegal, Switzerland, Algeria, Belgium and more. I am fortunate that I could experience the Pan African Film and Arts Festival each year... (more)

Tags: los angeles, atlanta, france, jazz, movie, california, music, fashion, germany

Mardi Gras In Los Angeles

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Feb 22, 2007

Los Angeles-Carnival season was celebrated all over the world and concluded on Fat Tuesday, February 20, 2007. Mardi Gras came early for residents of the City of Angels in the form of the Louisiana To Los Angeles Festival. The 19th Annual LALA Mardi Gras Festival and Parade was held on February 10th. The day got under way with a colorful parade with marching bands, floats and LALA Secondline Dancers strolling down Crenshaw Blvd. to Leimert Park. The celebration continued in Leimert Park with a Mardi Gras Festival. A DJ provided music in between live entertainment. The crowd had the pleasure... (more)

Tags: los angeles, music

Gasparilla 2007 in Tampa,Florida

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Feb 21, 2007

GASPARILLA 2007 IN TAMPA, FLORIDA Photos and Text by Ricky Richardson I recently had the pleasure of visiting my home town of Tampa, Florida. My reason for visiting was to attend the festivities associated with Gasparilla 2007. Gasparilla is a three (3) part event that I had the joy of attending. This event has grown tremendously since I was a kid growing up in Tampa. This spectacular event has been taking place for over a century-103 years to be exact. The day begins with the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch presented by FLAIR, Tampa Tribune’s Magazine for Living at Tampa Convention Center. Ye... (more)

Tags: music

Francisco Aquabella Latin Jazz Quintet Heats Up LA Kings Downtown On Ice

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Dec 31, 2006

Los Angeles-The Southland’s largest holiday outdoor ice skating rink returned to Pershing Square for its ninth spectacular season. People from all over Los Angeles, out-of-town visitors, celebrities such as David Hasselhoff-(Baywatch), Seth Green(Austin Powers) and Scott Belcular (Star Trek/Quantum Leap)were seen chilling out under a beautiful Southern California sun from November 16 through January 15,2007 at the LA Kings Downtown On Ice. The Downtown On Ice was made possible by a generous sponsorship from the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, LA Kings, and Councilmember... (more)

Tags: los angeles, hockey, jazz, california

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