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Content by tag "Jim Worsley"

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Jim Worsley's Best Releases of 2017

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As 2017 was another exceptional year in new music, choosing the recordings that rise above is a daunting task. It is also a lot of fun. Yes, such “drudgery" to listen to countless strong musical efforts from artists all over the world. The vast spectrum of seasoned pros, to new blood, and everything in between provided ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Mike Stern: Half Crazy

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SoCal Jazz is back from safari to the auspicious Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. A follow-up with guitarist Mike Stern was the primary itinerary for this trip. Trip is the name of Stern's new record, just in case you missed the play on words. Unfortunately, Stern had a trip of another kind in 2016. How ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dr Bekken: Upright Piano - Live At Bar Moskus

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There is a monster on the loose! Don't be alarmed though. It is the monster left hand of Norwegian pianist Dr. Bekken.

Tor E Bekken has several jazz and blues recordings to his name and has taken the show on the road. Live at Bar Moskus is a solo upright piano performance that demonstrates ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Tal Wilkenfeld Live At The Belly Up Tavern

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To be blessed with such an abundance of talent, vision, and spirit is a precious gift. We are all so very fortunate that Tal Wilkenfeld shares that appropriately bestowed gift with us every time she walks onto a stage or into a recording studio.

Wednesday night, November 15, 2017, the now 30 year old ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dan Zimmerman: Drifting Home

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In an era where shredding and playingasfastasyoupossiblycan for no apparent reason have become a norm, it was a pleasure to listen to a guitar being nurtured as the beautiful classic musical instrument that it is.

Drifting Home is the first solo effort from veteran guitarist Dan Zimmerman. It features nine original songs. All of ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Dustbowl Revival at Sweetwater Union High School

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Dustbowl Revival
AMSDconcert series
San Diego CA
October 7, 2017

To my knowledge there is no All About Jazz All About Rock All About Roots All About Americana All About Blues All About Country All About Folk All About Funk website. So I hereby claim Dustbowl Revival for ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

David Sanborn: Stick Out Your Tongue

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It was a Sunday afternoon to remember for all of us. It was a most special day for a myriad of reasons. Multi Grammy award winning saxophonist David Sanborn was at the heart of it all.

A big part of the story involves a little boy. An eleven year old named Isaac who plays ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Ron Carter: A Clew of Worms

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So the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Occasionally, if one is so fortunate, you can get a whole lot more.

From the beginning just knowing that I was going to have the opportunity to see and hear Ron Carter play was about seeing a legend. Of course you hope to hear some ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Hiromi at the Catalina Jazz Club

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Hiromi Trio
Catalina Jazz Club
Hollywood, CA
August 6, 2017

We were amongst only a handful of early arrivals for a show at the Catalina Jazz Club in North Hollywood CA. A quite casually dressed Asian woman was on the stage carefully cleaning and fussing about on the piano. Her shoulder length ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Al Di Meola at Balboa Theater

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Al Di Meola
Balboa Theater
San Diego, CA
September 22, 2017

Most of us have been on many journeys in life. It might be globetrotting or a trip to the grocery store or all and everything in between. A journey can be filled with a myriad of the expected and unexpected. ...