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So Cal Jazz 2013: Highlights and a Serious Low

Chuck Koton By

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On Weston's classic, "High Flyin," the two jazz masters, like two birds chatting, engaged in a playful interchange. At times gentle and at other times rambunctious, their sonic banter exuded a love and friendship that transcended language and, except for a couple of idiots shooting flash photos with their damn cell phones, captivated the otherwise attentive audience. They closed out the evening with Weston's "Berkshire Blues," hitting the audience in the solar plexus like a blues drenched night on Chicago's South Side in 1953.

Yes, 2013 had plenty of great jazz to satisfy even the most discerning of musical palates. Let's hope that 2014 not only surpasses this past year's offerings but also brings a "happy ending" to the World Stage saga. Meanwhile, those interested in supporting the World Stage, get on down there for the live music or go to their web site and make a donation. http://theworldstage.org/

And in the words of the immortal poet, Willie the Shakes, "If music be the food of love, play on!"

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