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Bobby West

Bobby performs, records and composes in the genres of jazz, classical, hip-hop, R&B, pop and world music and composes works in the classical vein; orchestral, symphonic, sonatas and concerti. As is often the case of musicians who not supported in their home country of the US, Bobby left for a lauded career abroad, performing for nearly 3 decades in France (Club New Morning in Paris, one of the oldest jazz clubs in Europe), Germany, the U.K., Portugal, Japan, Dubai, Oman, Zagreb, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China, Oman, Croatia, Spain, Shanghai, Taipei, Morocco and the Netherlands. He now divides his time between living and performing abroad and in the US including his hometown of Los Angeles—performing, recording and creating original compositions of passion, originality and ​authenticity for which he is known. When Bobby West was born in Louisiana, the doctor said his fingers were so long that he’d either be a piano player or a pick pocket

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Article: Multiple Reviews

A Tasting Menu

Read "A Tasting Menu" reviewed by John Chacona


It says a lot for the current state of the music that some of the most interesting music hitting the market is being made by lesser-known artists who might never get a look from major labels. Here are four that have their own particular—and very different—charms. All are worth a spin for the sheer joy of ...

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Article: Profile

Blue Note Tokyo: Still Holds Praise From Jazz Musicians & Fans Alike

Read "Blue Note Tokyo: Still Holds Praise From Jazz Musicians & Fans Alike" reviewed by Doug Hall


Opened in 1988, the Blue Note Tokyo nightclub has a long-established history of providing top-tier jazz performances and holds a special place in the veins of many renown jazz artists. Over several decades, the A-list of jazz performances include Sarah Vaughan, Oscar Peterson, Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe ...

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Article: Profile

Taipei's Yuppy Bookstore: Retro Speakeasy Club Serves Jazz

Read "Taipei's Yuppy Bookstore: Retro Speakeasy Club Serves Jazz" reviewed by Doug Hall


In any city in Taiwan, small commercial spaces are the norm, from coffee shops to cafés or neighborhood restaurants—and live music venues are no different. Yet these tiny operations still manage to offer an amazing variety of selection. In a surrounding district of the capital city of Taiwan, The Yuppy Bookstore fits this mold. ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Goodwin: Not Less Than Everything

Read "Bill Goodwin: Not Less Than Everything" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Bill Goodwin is like a breath of fresh air blowing through jazz. From the time around 1954 when he was in jny: Los Angeles and just learning the drums, and inspired by Shelly Manne, to today, around his 80th birthday, he has loved jazz and the musicians unconditionally. He has befriended and worked with so many ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Midsummer Releases Plus A Pride Of Jazz Leos

Read "New Midsummer Releases Plus A Pride Of Jazz Leos" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents midsummer releases from pianist Bobby West and vocalist Carmela Rappazzo, plus a single of a new collaboration from vocalists Lucy Yeghiazaryan & Vanisha Gould, with birthday shoutouts to a pride of Jazz Leos: Nnenna Freelon, composer Pamela Baskin-Watson, pianists Joanne Brackeen and Shamie Royston, vocalists Camille Bertault, Fay Victor and Luba Mason, among ...


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