Igor Kogan’s LA Jazz Big Band’s live performance debut at The Blue Whale in Los Angeles. Continue reading LA’S NEW JAZZ BIG BAND DEBUTS AT THE BLUE WHALE
The Gary Herbig & Bill Spoke Quintet plays The Lighthouse Cafe. Continue reading WEST COAST JAZZ SHINES AGAIN AT THE LIGHTHOUSE CAFÉ
How “La La Land” is saving Jazz in Los Angeles. Continue reading A Modern Musical Shines Light on a West Coast Landmark
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” is Oscar’s diversity nomination. So why aren’t the most vocal about the lack thereof shouting praise for this great film?
Continue reading What Happened, Doesn’t This Film Count?
Second Chances If you have read a few of my blog posts you know that I have a “thing” with the Americana Music Association. Their exclusion of several types American music genres in their description of “roots” music is discrimination … Continue reading Sonic Highways
The Redemption of Sound I grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s and music has always been my favorite thing. When I was a little kid, around six years old, my father would let me play 45rpm records he kept … Continue reading I ❤ Music, and you would too if you could hear it
Help for the Hero Many people, perhaps even the majority of people suffer emotionally with issues. If you aren’t mindful of keeping a healthy balance in your life it’s easy to fall into a depressed state. It’s certainly a conscious effort … Continue reading Compared to what?
BOOGALOOSA! By now, if you have visited my blog more than once, you know I love music, jazz in particular. Though I enjoy and support so many genres of music like pop, rock, country, blues, R&B, classical, Cajun, zydeco, gospel, hip hop, etc., jazz seems to fall further down on the scale of being high-profile. Even at the Grammy Awards, the jazz awards were not included in the prime time telecast, they were held in a separate hall, away from the high-profile nominees. That is disrespectful. The Americana Music movement is not helping either. Noticed that they aren’t recognizing JAZZ … Continue reading Boogaloosa and Malarkey
7+7=14 7+7=14 is simple math but also today’s date. Must be something magical in that, but not sure if there are any official groups that have a definition of what the date 7/7/14 could mean for us – the ones who need meaning, wealth and health. I will step forward, daring to declare this is a damn good date, full of love, magic and possibilities. That seems presumptuous and brave to declare such a thing, but it feels right. It’s a part of my boldness and I was reminded of this in a recent post from Mastin Kipp of The Daily Love. … Continue reading Things Independently Magical
Horace Silver Horace Silver, an American jazz pianist “famous” for his funky playing style called hard bop, passed away last week at the age of 85. I put “famous” in quotes because I didn’t know about Horace Silver until two years … Continue reading Getting High on Hard Bop