Soulful sounds may have started in Motown or Memphis, but for many, it's the sounds of Philadelphia that captured their hearts. That's certainly the case for Larry Carlton, who released a collection of the biggest hits penned by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff on his 335 Records label, in February, 2011. Many of the songs were Top 10 hits by groups including The Spinners and The Stylistics, along with hits by other classic vocal groups. On Plays The Sound of Philadelphia, Carlton worked with master recordings brought to him by producer Billy Terrell, and ...read more
The Allman Brothers Band's 2009 run at New York City's Beacon Theatre carries more than its usual amount of hot-blooded anticipation. This year is the band's 40th anniversary, impressive enough in itself for any band, perhaps doubly so for one with the cataclysmic history of this group, with its well- documented accounts of personal tragedy and recurrent internecine warfare.
Celebration of the ABB milestone looks to include more than the customary array of special guests for its mid-to-late March 10-night run at The Beacon. Both founding member Gregg Allman and latter day prodigal son Warren Haynes have spoken ...read more
This year's Newport Beach Jazz Party should be more festive than ever as it celebrates both Valentine's Day and President's Day weekend, February 14 to 17, at the Marriott Hotel Newport Beach in Orange County, California.
Promoted by Joe Rothman and John McClure, this annual party, along with one on Labor Day, are among the longest running and most successful jazz events in the world. The two entrepreneurs started twelve years ago at the Irvine Marriott, with Newport added three years later. The upcoming will be their 2lst.
As always, some sixty of the jazz world's ...read more
To celebrate the golden anniversary of the Monterey Jazz Festival, the event's 50th Anniversary Band begins a nationwide tour this month on the West Coast with appearances in Southern California at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, January 17, and UCLA's Royce Hall, January 18.
Building on the unprecedented legacy of fifty years of historic jazz presentations, the band was a big hit at last September's festival. Its 10-week tour will include appearances at 54 venues across the country.
(l-r) Benny Green, James Moody, Terence Blanchard, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott
Heralded as a meeting ...read more