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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

John Mayall: In The Pocket at 84

Read "John Mayall: In The Pocket at 84" reviewed by Jim Worsley

For the past five and a half decades, John Mayall has written scores of both relevant and joyous music. It should come as no surprise that at the tender age of 84 he continues to do so. It soothingly, and ingeniously, seems to flow out of him like a calm, yet telling, river.

Many years ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Lloyd Gregory And Tony Lindsay at Biscuits & Blues

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Lloyd Gregory And Tony Lindsay
Biscuits & Blues
San Francisco, CA
December 11, 2016

Accomplished jazz guitarist Lloyd Gregory (Stanley Clarke, Tower of Power) and vibrant vocalist Tony Lindsay (Santana, Spangalang) helped to warm up San Francisco's Union Square for the Christmas season at the fabled Biscuits & Blues on Mason ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

50 Summers of Music: Montreux Jazz Festival

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50 Summers of Music: Montreux Jazz Festival
Arnaud Robert
398 Pages
ISBN: 978-2-84597-558-3
Montreux Jazz Festival/Editions Textuel
2016

It's neither the oldest nor the largest, but Montreux Jazz Festival is, arguably, the most famous music festival in the word. It's a notable and perhaps unlikely badge of honor for ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Colosseum: Colosseum Live

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A remarkable feature of Colosseum Live was the inclusion of one of the more unusual numbers in the band's repertoire, namely Michael Gibbs's outstanding composition “Tanglewood '63." This was a brave piece for a six piece jazz rock band to tackle since the original version (aside from a version recorded by Gary Burton's quartet in 1982) ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Claude Nobs: We All Came Out To Montreux...

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Montreux Jazz Festival is fifty. It's a significant milestone and cause for celebration. No doubt there will be an added festive element to this year's edition of the festival, founded by Claude Nobs--along with pianist Géo Voumard and writer René Langel--in 1967. Yet for many, the celebrations will be tinged with sadness due to the absence ...

John Blues Boyd: The Real Deal

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For those who love the blues, the thrill of discovering a new artist is still special. Blues singer John “Blues" Boyd just released The Real Deal--at 71 years young--as a testament that the blues continues to be a vital American art form that will never die. Born in Greenwood, Mississippi, Boyd picked cotton as a youngster, ...

Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue: Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue

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The road from Texas to California runs right through T-Bone Walker, no detours about it. Since Walker packed his guitar and moved there in the 1940's, what is termed as West Coast Blues revolves around a style he defined. Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue is a blues ensemble founded by harmonica player and singer Mark ...

Ron Thompson: Son of Boogie Woogie

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The Little Village Foundation is a non-profit record label started up under the direction of keyboardist Jim Pugh, who recently retired after twenty-five years with Robert Cray. The mission of this organization is to seek and record obscure yet prodigious musicians who have not received proper recognition and respect. Oakland guitarist Ron Thompson certainly falls into ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival 2014 Announces Headliners

Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival 2014 Announces Headliners

The 25th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival will rock once again at Memorial Day weekend, May 24-25, at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., in Simi Valley. The event features two full stages for each of its musical genres. Music will proceed non-stop each day from 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mosaic Records: Making Jazz History

Read "Mosaic Records: Making Jazz History" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

No one is more astonished by the longevity of Mosaic Records than Michael Cuscuna, the veteran record producer and one-time disc jockey who founded the label together with Charlie Lourie, a former clarinetist who worked in both jazz and classical contexts before becoming an executive at CBS records, Blue Note, and elsewhere. Arguably the premier reissue ...