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August rolls in and we prepare with a sigh for that unwelcomed heat the month brings to Los Angeles. The Otmaro Ruiz Quartet warmed things in a much desired fashion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Friday Night Jazz Series.
In fact, we reveled in the mix of fiery Jazz, Venezuelan influences with hints of classical cleverly expressed by the ensemble.
The quartet has a soul connection that is apparent in their exchange of euphoric expressions on many tunes. As the musicians played, a few magical links and smiles were shared on varied tunes between:... (more)
A boulevard in one of the most integral sections of Los Angeles, encompassing some of the most authentic Jazz, Blues, African clothing, jewelry, posters, CD's, cards, artifacts, books, coffee venues, and food from Bar-B-Que to Soul, and Los Angeles to New Orleans style cooking. There are also opportunities to hear rare narratives about the "City of the Angels" from local residents.
It is on this street at 4317 Degnan, you'll find "New Orleans Vieux Carre Creole Cuisine”. The restaurant was opened on June 22, 2008 by a native New Orleans family who now... (more)
13th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival
Los Angeles- The 13th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival was held on July 26 and July 27 on historic Central Avenue. This year’s festival, like the ones held in the past was a huge success.
Everybody was raving about the new set-up for the festival which featured a huge canopy that covered the stage as well as the crowd. The vendors were situated along the side streets off of Central Avenue.
Every year the festival gets under way with a panel discussion with musicians who were apart of the excitement of Central Avenue... (more)
...that were innovatively laid out for us in the afternoon breeze. What more could any heart desire? The duo musicality of Nick Mancini and Otmaro Ruiz merged, surged, and took us to plateau beyond our most ardent desire.
Some of the works was layered with undertones of jazz and blues centered in Baroque.
A serene and regal melody enveloped us within the first measures of music performed on a exquisite Piano combined with the Vibraphone creating amazing beauty.
Nick and Otmaro were a musical match made in heaven on Cedar... (more)
Long Beach, CA (June 2008) – Southern California’s premiere music festival presenting the best in Jazz and Rhythm & Blues for the 21st year. The Long Beach Jazz Festival takes place the weekend of August 8, 9, and 10, 2008. Once again, the festival venue is the breath-taking seaside setting of Rainbow Lagoon Park on Shoreline Drive in Long Beach, California, where for two decades now thousands of faithful music fans have made the Long Beach Jazz Festival an annual family affair.
True to its reputation as the most soulful and well-rounded summer music festival in sunny... (more)
...truly was a joyous journey.
Bill Markus on Electric Bass matched the beauty and soul of the evening on each tune with a subtle and vocal sense of rhythm.
Yet another treat, "Blues for the revolution" an Elliot composition was met with ardent applause from all of us revolutionary jazz fans.
It is easy to attach oneself with the Elliot Caine Quintet as one listens to the body, soul, and spirit of their intense attention to blues and jazz.
The ensemble blends as one while highlighting each individual member in their own specialty. As one they are thrilling in the... (more)
Santa Monica Pier-Latin Jazz, Mambo and Salsa!
Santa Monica-Summer is finally here. That could only mean one thing. It’s time once again for the most highly anticipated outdoor concert series- Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series presented by Amoeba Records on the Naked Juice Stage. Each summer the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation takes visitors on the pier on a worldwide adventure with its elective line-up of internationally known musicians.
Every Thursday, one can use their imagination to pretend that they are boarding a ship docked at the Santa Monica... (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... (more)
4th of July Jazz Festival With a Bang!
Los Angeles-Fireworks was not the only thing seen flying throughout the sky on our nation’s birthday. Various musical notes were flaring up all over Leimert Park Village as well. The occasion was the 6th Annual Vision Outside 4th of July Jazz Festival 2008. Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks, District 8, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs presented this festival of America’s number 1 art form: JAZZ with some blues and spiced up with Afro-Cuban rhythms. James Janisse served as Master of Ceremonies.... (more)
It was a muggy summer night but the streets were bustling with activity. I made my way into Chicago Andy's Jazz Club located in downtown Chicago at 11 E. Hubbard St., just west of Michigan Ave.
The spacious venue was alive with an energy that was contagious. The waitress asked where I wanted to sit and I scan the room and noticed seating near the stage area and told her right up front. Her eyes got very bright and she said, "Alright!!! Right up front"... "Most people don't say that" and she led me to a seat near the drums.
Scott Burns, Saxophonist and... (more)