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
Is the future of music secure? Continue reading Music and The State of the Union
“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?
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
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
June 14 is Flag Day. Not many people remember it but when I go out I usually see a few homes that display the flag. I also have a reminder when Flag Day comes around. A good friend’s birthday is June 14 and she told me years ago when she was a kid she thought people put the flag up because it was her birthday. I thought that was a nice reason and cool thought to have if your birthday is June 14. So Happy Birthday to all celebrating today. Let’s raise the flag and celebrate with “Old Glory.” Sounds like … Continue reading Wave the Flag, It Sounds Like New Jersey