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MUSICIAN Born:

Sid Jacobs

Sid Jacobs was born in Miami Beach, Florida. Sid spent his first few years in Havana, Cuba prior to the revolution, after which, the Jacobs family returned to Miami. It is there, at the age of seven, he began his fascination with the guitar. When his family moved to Nevada, Sid obtained a position as guitar instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This made him, at eighteen, the youngest faculty member in the school's music department. After moving to Los Angeles he developed the curriculum for the Advanced Bebop and Jazz Guitar course at the Dick Grove School and the Jazz Guitar class at the Musicians Institute (MI and GIT), where he continues to teach. In 1991, his CD It's Not Goodnight was released

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4

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Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Concert 4: Keen and Peachy: Music of the Woody Herman Second Herd -Directed by Michael Berkowitz ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

The Los Angeles Jazz Institute (LAJI), under Ken Poston, has continued for some thirty years to ...

Roberto Montero

Roberto Montero is a Los Angeles based, Brazilian born guitarist & composer. Has performed and/or recorded with Sergio Mendes, Luis Fonsi, Baby Do Brasil, Rique Pantoja, Catina De Luna & Otmaro Ruiz - Lado B Project, Laércio De Freitas, Rickey Minor, Dorian Holley among others, (performed) at The Blue Note - Tokyo, across the United States, Europe & Africa, at NBC’s "The Tonight Show" & "The Voice", John Pisano’s Guitar Night, Honorary Oscars & many other venues in LA. His movie credits include Century Fox “Rio 2”, Walt Disney “Zé Carioca Goes To Carnaval”, “Golden Hour”, Discovery Channel “For better & For Worse”

NEWS: RECORDING

It's A Bird, It's A Plane... It's Superheroes! Randy Waldman's Jazz Superheroes-Packed CD On BFM Jazz, September 21, 2018

It's A Bird, It's A Plane... It's Superheroes! Randy Waldman's Jazz Superheroes-Packed CD On BFM Jazz, September 21, 2018

Randy Waldman's career spans more than 40 years, and he’s performed and toured with many of the biggest names in the jazz, pop and R&B worlds. His work can be heard on hundreds of movies, television shows, and albums. Randy has been Barbra Streisand's pianist and musical director for over 30 years and is featured on many ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Mark Winkler And Cheryl Bentyne Team Up Again In Eastern Standard Time

Mark Winkler And Cheryl Bentyne Team Up Again In Eastern Standard Time

Vocalists Mark Winkler and Cheryl Bentyne go together like champagne and caviar. Bentyne is a long-time mainstay of the iconic group The Manhattan Transfer. She is also a solo performer with over a dozen CDs under her own name. Winkler is a 2018 Downbeat Rising Male Vocalist and a popular lyricist. He has recorded 16 CDs, ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Long Beach Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Long Beach Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Walter Atkins

It was a fantastic feast of musical talent featured at the 31st annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, held at a relaxed Southern California venue near the cool Rainbow Lagoon Park. The event was located next to the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and the Aquarium. On Sunday night, the long running festival closed with a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Expressive Vocalist Christine Hitt Releases "Magical Kite," Produced By Geoffrey Keezer

Expressive Vocalist Christine Hitt Releases "Magical Kite," Produced By Geoffrey Keezer

For vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Christine Hitt, music is a family affair. Her father was a band director and her mother was a piano teacher and professional vocalist. Hitt married a trumpet player, and two of her three sons appear on Hitt’s newest CD, Magical Kite. Hitt’s warm voice can express a rich tapestry of tones, and she sings ballads ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Sean Lee

Sean Lee is a Los Angeles based guitarist and band leader. Studying under the direction of drummer Megan Foley, guitarist Steve Cotter, and saxophonist Ray Briggs, Lee has paved a musical path of his own combining his various influences of bebop, fusion, and Latin music. He has played in various clubs around the city as well as various ensembles at UCLA. He is currently working a session player for up and coming songwriters and bands of all genres. His debut album “Embrace Saturn” is set to come out August 2018 through the label Adobe House Records.

NEWS: RECORDING

Hammond B3 Player Jocelyn Michelle Releases "Live At Viva Cantina" On Tony Monaco's Chicken Coup Label

Hammond B3 Player Jocelyn Michelle Releases "Live At Viva Cantina" On Tony Monaco's Chicken Coup Label

Organist Jocelyn Michelle's newest CD, Live At Viva Cantina (Chicken Coup Records, June 8, 2018), is a toe tapping, festive project of serious music that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Although she’s lived on the Big Island of Hawaii for several years, she decided to record this CD back in Los Angeles, her old stomping ground, ...