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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight

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Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight
Frank R. Hayde
224Pages
ISBN: #13978-1-59580-086-2
Santa Monica Press
2016

When one thinks of Bebop, the names Bird and Dizzy along with Monk, Max and Bud immediately pop up. In the mind's eye, one can see those classic Herman Leonard jazz photos of these Cats ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

Alphonse Mouzon Needs Your Help

Alphonse Mouzon Needs Your Help

By Chuck Koton These are not words I ever thought I would have to write. Legendary drummer Alphonse Mouzon was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in September. He had to immediately undergo surgery which has bought him some time. But his kidneys are too weak for radiation therapy and he is planning to go to ...

Theo Saunders: Jassemblage

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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: LIVE REVIEWS

Swingin' In The Rain: Portland Jazz Festival 2016

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Sonny Fortune and Azar Lawrence
Jimmy Mak's
PDX Jazz Festival
Portland, OR
February 18-19, 2016

Any American burg that aspires to “great city" status has got to have a solid jazz scene. Sorry, but hipster hat shops, artisanal juiceries, and $6 coffee from beans grown on sustainable farms in Africa and Latin ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble: Bobby Matos: Ritmo & Blues

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Fate blessed Bobby Matos. For a kid who dreamed of growing up to be a Latin jazz musician, he could not have been born in a more fortuitous time and place.

In the years after World War Two, Nueva York's Hispanic population exploded. Between the years 1940 and 1960, the number of Puerto Ricans ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Shock and Awe: Azar Lawrence Drops "The Seeker" On Dizzy's

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Azar Lawrence Quintet
Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
New York, NY
June 26-29, 2014

There ain't no denyin' that jazz is best heard “live." Ideally, the band is playing in a club equipped with quality sound and lighting systems, staffed by experienced people who are respectful of the music (especially bartenders who ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Angel City Jazz Festival Kicks Off 2 Weeks Of Music

Angel City Jazz Festival Kicks Off 2 Weeks Of Music

This weekend the 7th Annual Angel City Jazz Festival opens in jny: Los Angeles. Rocco Somazzi founded the festival in order to present non-commercial jazz to an LA audience which had scant exposure to music from the more adventurous end of the jazz spectrum. Back in 2008, 13 different bands, highlighted by the inimitable alto saxophonist, Arthur Blythe, performed on ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

So Cal Jazz 2013: Highlights and a Serious Low

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Azar Lawrence Quartet
RG Club
Venice, CA
January-September 2013

2013, already slipping deep into the fog of forgetfulness, had its share of memorable jazz moments here in Southern California. And while, according to the Western, as well as the Chinese calender ( Happy Year of the Horse!), this review and these ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ruth Price: LA's Jazz Jewel Keeping the Jazz Bakery Alive

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The LA jazz scene has endured immeasurably painful blows over the years, from the post-World War II death of the once vibrant action on Central Ave (unequivocably among jazz history's most significant locales) to the more recent shuttering of memorable clubs like Shelly's Manne Hole, Donte's and, most recently, Charlie Os. Intrepid jazz entrepreneur Rocco Somazzi ...

NEWS: EVENT

Kenny Burrell Big Band Tribute Concert Benefits The World Stage, South LA's Home For Jazz And Their Education Programs

Kenny Burrell Big Band Tribute Concert Benefits The World Stage, South LA's Home For Jazz And Their Education Programs

Los Angeles, CA: The big band tribute concert honoring guitar legend Kenny Burrell at the Ford Amphitheatre on August 18 will benefit The World Stage Performance Gallery, South LA’s home for jazz, and their incredible jazz education programs. With music direction by John Beasley, the benefit will be an evening of contemporary large ensemble sounds from Burrell’s Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited and ...