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NEWS: RECORDING

Master Drummer Jason Harnell Breaks New Ground With Experimental CD And Multimedia Experience, Total Harnage

Master Drummer Jason Harnell Breaks New Ground With Experimental CD And Multimedia Experience, Total Harnage

When Jason Harnell was six years old, his father, Grammy winning composer and arranger Joe Harnell, invited Louie Bellson to their house to hear the budding prodigy play. After playing a 15-minute solo, the legendary drummer handed the sticks to Jason and said, “Your turn.” When Jason finished, an impressed Bellson gave the boy his drum ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Theo Saunders: Jassemblage

Read "Jassemblage" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Veteran Manhattan-born pianist, composer and arranger, Theo Saunders, has been a driven artist since his days at the High School For Performing Arts. In the ensuing decades, whether in NYC or California, his devotion to improvisational music has led him to stamp his personal vision on the music he plays, whether composing compelling original music or ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

George Kahn: Jazz & Blues Revue

Read "Jazz & Blues Revue" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Billed as the “Sass 'n' Soul World Tour," LA jazz pianist George Kahn presents the Jazz & Blues Revue, his eighth album as leader featuring three of LA's finest female jazz vocalist in his first all-vocal project and departure from previous recordings. On tap, fresh new arrangements of thirteen songs that obviously, not only touch on ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Leslie Lewis: Midnight Sun / Keeper of the Flame

Read "Leslie Lewis: Midnight Sun / Keeper of the Flame" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Leslie Lewis is a singer who has found steady work on the West Coast and elsewhere, and for good reason--she's personable, easy on the eyes, and more to the point, has a pleasant mid-range voice, sings squarely on key, and knows how to sell a lyric. Keeper of the Flame and Midnight Sun are Lewis' second ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Theo Saunders and Intergeneration: When The Saints Go Out

Read "When The Saints Go Out" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Southern California pianist Theo Saunders is a veteran musician/composer with an extensive resume as bandleader, sideman and musical director. The sparkling sophomore effort, When The Saints Go Out, documents the robust sounds of his Intergeneration group on this Arabesque label debut, a follow-up to Intergeneration (CDBaby, 2011). Originally from The Big Apple, Saunders has lived and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Susan Krebs Band: Everything Must Change

Read "Everything Must Change" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Baltimore native cum Angelino Susan Krebs is not exactly a wallflower. She has been hiding in plain sight for the past twenty years, being a Jill-of-all-trades in the entertainment arena. She has an impressive onstage (off-Broadway) and television presence in commercials and appearances on programmed cable that include Shameless and Mad Men. She has also made ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Leslie Lewis: Midnight Sun

Read "Midnight Sun" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz singing does not so much require an obedient voice as a directed but free-spirited one. There are few vocalists who can pull off the elastic fireworks of a Betty Carter, Lisa Sokolov or Tierney Sutton and fewer still who should even try. East Coast-West Coast vocalist Leslie Lewis has a beautifully perfect alto voice for ...

NEWS: EVENT

Blue Whale Residency Part I: Anthony Wilson Trio, LA Jazz Quartet, Otto / Ferber / Wilson / Ferber / Nelson / Dumas

Blue Whale Residency Part I: Anthony Wilson Trio, LA Jazz Quartet, Otto / Ferber / Wilson / Ferber / Nelson / Dumas

LAJC Residency, Part I
Wednesday, January 4, 8pm
Blue Whale, Los Angeles, CA In the music-art world there are a number of ways to program events. Two of the most common are festivals and residencies. Festivals essentially allow a promoter to present a diversity of bands and artists over a concentrated amount of time, be ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Theo Saunders: Intergeneration

Read "Intergeneration" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Born into the cultural vortex that is New York City's Upper West Side and raised by Broadway theater-performing parents, Theo Saunders was destined for the creative life. By the time he graduated from New York's prestigious High School for the Performing Arts, Saunders knew his future would be made seated in front of a piano playing ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Theo Saunders Sextet: San Diego, CA, July 5, 2011

Read "Theo Saunders Sextet: San Diego, CA, July 5, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush

Theo Saunders Sextet
Saville Theatre, San Diego City College
San Diego, CA
July 5, 2011

Pianist Theo Saunders has an incredible resume. Growing up in NYC, he played with Pharoah Sanders in the 1960s, and in 1971 (at age 24), at the Village Vanguard with the likes of Jimmy Garrison ...