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Sam First: L.A.'s Hottest and Coolest New Jazz Haunt

Read "Sam First:  L.A.'s Hottest and Coolest New Jazz Haunt" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Architecturally designed as a listening room, Sam First has created its own vibe in west Los Angeles. From the time you are greeted and clued in by the doorman, before you even enter the club, there is a sense of something special or unique about to happen. While listening to and watching the Sam Hirsh Quartet ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Scott Jeppesen: Wonders

Read "Wonders" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ancient history and current times collide on the sophomore release from California-based tenor saxophonist Scott Jeppesen: with Wonders, he offers up an intelligent, semi-programmatic look at the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as seen through a modern jazz lens.

Jeppesen, a once-upon-a-time protégé of saxophonist Joe Henderson and a jazz studies doctoral ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Helen Sung Quintet At The Sequoia Room

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Helen Sung Quintet
Sequoia Room At the Brewery Tap Room
Thelonious Monk Birthday Celebration
Fort Bragg, CA
October 10, 2015

Prominent pianist Thelonious Monk was born October 10,1917 in North Carolina. Over his esteemed career, Monk played with the pantheon of jazz giants that included John Coltrane, Miles Davis, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Scott Jeppesen: El Guapo

Read "El Guapo" reviewed by Carlo Wolff

"Guapo" is Spanish for “sharp-dressed man" (or woman), and the title--and launch--track of Scott Jeppesen's exceptional solo debut sure conjures such an image. El Guapo is stylish, diverse and expert; released on Oct. 1, 2013, it is one of the best albums of that year.

Jeppesen is a protean saxophonist who also plays bass ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

International Jazz Day: Istanbul, Turkey April 30, 2013

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International Jazz Day
Istanbul, Turkey
April 30, 2013
At a morning press conference opening the 10th annual Panama Jazz Festival in January, 2013, a long table was peopled by dignitaries and musical dignitaries. Festival highlight, saxophonist Wayne Shorter sat in the center (almost like Jesus in the Last Supper configuration), flanked by the ambitious and outspokenly ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Shingo Yuji: Introducing Shingo Yuji

Read "Introducing Shingo Yuji" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Japanese-born guitarist/composer/shakuhachi player Shingo Yuji has made his home in Los Angeles. On Introducing Shingo Yuji, he draws deeply on his native, rich musical heritage as well as jazz and pop worlds to create an engaging mélange.

Yuji 's “Laputa" features an undulating melody with western rhythms and eastern harmonies. Tenor saxophonist Walter ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ricky Sweum: More Than Imaginable

Read "More Than Imaginable" reviewed by Edward Blanco

West coast saxophonist Ricky Sweum grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and spent many years as a freelance musician in New York before embarking on a military career, joining the Air Force Academy Band in 2003. After a stint with prestigious jazz big band The Falconaires as lead tenor, in 2011 he moved on and now works ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Josh Nelson: Discoveries

Read "Discoveries" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Nothing fuels the creative impulses like the art of discovery. A new chord voicing can unlock a door to a different world, and different rhythmic permutations can prove to be an endless source of inspiration, but discovering these things and utilizing them to good effect are two different things. Few artists can see the world through ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Josh Nelson Trio: Half Moon Bay, CA, February 20, 2011

Read "Josh Nelson Trio: Half Moon Bay, CA, February 20, 2011" reviewed by Bill Leikam

Josh Nelson Trio
Douglas Beach House
Half Moon Bay, CA
February 20, 2011

Opening the concert, club owner Pete Douglas announced that in its February issue, the editorial staff of Downbeat Magazine had chosen the Douglas Beach House (a.k.a. the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society) as one of the top 150 internationally known ...