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Victoria Theodore

Victoria Theodore is a pianist, singer-songwriter, composer, music director, producer and teacher. She received her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Classical Piano Performance and Computer Music from Oberlin College / Conservatory of Music, and her Master of Arts degree in Classical Piano Performance from Stanford University. Victoria was the Music Director and Pianist for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (2017-2018), both in La Jolla and on Broadway. The musical is an homage to the life and career of the Disco Queen, using songs from her catalog. Summer opened at the La Jolla Playhouse on November 19, 2017 and on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on April 28, 2018. Victoria joined Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour in March 2016, after having been in Stevie Wonder’s touring band since August 2007

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Producer Barbara Brighton Awarded Jazz Hero 2019 By Jazz Journalists Association

Producer Barbara Brighton Awarded Jazz Hero 2019 By Jazz Journalists Association

In a ceremony taking place on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's (LACMA) Friday Night Jazz Series, Barbara Brighton will be presented with the Jazz Hero Award, given by the Jazz Journalists Association and presented by jazz journalist Kirk Silsbee and 2016 Jazz Hero Edythe Bronston. Barbara Brighton’s lifelong love of ...

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Laura Valle

Utilizing compositional inspiration from Jazz, Latin Jazz, Pop, Bossa Nova, and other contemporary styles, this Argentinian artist now residing in Orange County, CA, creates an eclectic fusion of international sounds.  Laura’s voice is often described as delicate, smooth and soulful and she sings in six different languages besides English and her native Spanish. Her natural and inviting delivery has charmed audiences since the start of her career in Argentina and then in Europe where she toured with Tango and Latin Jazz Bands during the late 90’s.  Laura spent her early years intensely involved in the cultural life of Buenos Aires performing theatre and singing, then moved to Europe and toured with several bands while studying music in Switzerland

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

John Beasley: Master of All Trades

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In today's busy world, sometimes you just can't do it all. Apparently, John Beasley never received that memo. The pianist, composer, arranger, producer, music director, and film and TV composer is in high demand, and has an enormity of projects that would seem to belie the twenty-four hour day reality. It is perhaps the variance in ...

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Jason Harnell

Jason Harnell is a world renowned jazz drummer, educator, composer and bandleader who's unmistakable sound and style, as well as his boundless creativity and enthusiasm have made him a major contributor to the Southern California jazz scene for over twenty five years. Coming from a musical family, Jason was practically born with drum sticks in his hands and started playing at age six when close family friend and legendary drummer, Louie Bellson gave Jason his first drum set. Jason is consistently creative and swinging whether playing straight ahead jazz or free explorations. He has performed, recorded and toured with many of the world's top jazz musicians including Larry Goldings, Bob Sheppard, Dave Douglas, Anthony Wilson, Alan Ferber, Kate McGarry, Steve Cardenas, Theo Bleckmen, Joel Harrison, Ben Wendel, Rick Margitza, Alan Pasqua, Ben Wendel, Walter Smith III, Kei Akagi & Maynard Ferguson

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Unforgettable: Nat King Cole at 100

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Few cities in the U.S. have musical traditions so strong and varied as Chicago's. Although cases can be made for other cities--jny: New Orleans, jny: Detroit, New York, jny: Philadelphia, jny: Los Angeles, and jny: Memphis come to mind--in no other city is the range and depth of musical expression so strong as in Chi-Town. Other ...

Sharmila G. Lash

Sharmila G. Lash is a professional singer in California. She has appeared as a performer and educator in both jazz and classical settings, and both as a soloist and ensemble member. She also works as a session singer and is a private voice instructor. She is a current member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. She has also sung with San Francisco-based new music ensemble Volti and LA-based vocal jazz quartet True North. Sharmila is a member of AGMA, SAG-AFTRA, and ASCAP.

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John and Kelly Fumo with Fumosonic

Fumosonic is the culmination of 20+ years of marriage and collaboration between John and Kelly Fumo. The vision of these two musician/composers from Los Angeles, CA is a transformative musical experience that draws upon John’s jazz influences and Kelly’s love of music. The pair met while doing a recording session for singer Delaney Bramlett and had an instant connection. Their journey began with the first song they created called “Shut Up and Go Home!”, which showcases the unique formula of a heavy beat, Kelly’s strong vocals and some free jazz improvisation by John. John’s trumpet playing may be heavily influenced by Miles Davis and the free expressions of jazz music, but he has worked as a side man with the likes of Neil Diamond, James Brown, Beck and Brian Setzer

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Los Angeles Based Independent Jazz Label, BFM Jazz, Wins Five Grammys

Los Angeles Based Independent Jazz Label, BFM Jazz, Wins Five Grammys

BFM JAZZ is a boutique record label based in Los Angeles that garnered six Grammy nominations and turned them into five wins this past Sunday. In the company’s brief, nine-year existence, they’ve put out 27 projects that have accumulated 17 nominations collectively. In 2018, BFM Jazz released just three projects. All three received nominations and all ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call

Read "Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Peter Erskine is affable, engaging, and humorous. He, of course, is also one of the finest drummers of his generation. He has left his mark on the jazz and fusion world for nearly fifty years now. An icon, whose name is mentioned with the greats of all time, Erskine continues to gift us as he forges ...