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Chuck Berghofer

Chuck Berghofer was a part of the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra around 1967 when Frank Zappa recorded the orchestral parts for Lumpy Gravy. Berghofer provided bass, also in 1972 with Van Dyke Parks Discover America.

When Lights Are Low

Label: PM Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: When Lights Are Low; Skylark; Cry Me a River; Estate; When Sunny Gets Blue; Crazy She Calls Me; Darn That Dream; Harlem Nocturne; Manhattan; Mood Indigo; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; Stairway to the Stars; When Lights Are Low (reprise).

Jazz Trumpet

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Recorda Me; All The Things You Are; Say What; Sail Away; I Thought About You; Flim Flam; Patience; Cherokee; Tofu Or Not Tofu; Dusk And Dawn; Pick Yourself Up, Walking On Air.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kenny Kotwitz & the L.A. Jazz Quintet: When Lights Are Low

Read "When Lights Are Low" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Imagine the following conversation: “Hi, my name is Kenny Kotwitz. I'm an accordionist and I want to record a centennial tribute to Art van Damme. Would you care to join me?" Okay, it probably didn't go down quite like that but the premise, in these days of rap, heavy metal, acid rock, new wave, bubblegum pop, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carl Saunders: Jazz Trumpet

Read "Jazz Trumpet" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Septuagenarian trumpeter Carl Saunders, whose horn served and enhanced the music of Stan Kenton, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and numerous other icons, has been a steady presence on the Summit Records imprint. Whether exploring rare Bill Holman charts or crafting a program with a patriotic shine, acting as a featured guest with the Gary Urwin Jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tish Oney: The Best Part

Read "The Best Part" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dr. Tish Oney is a woman for all seasons: vocalist, arranger, composer, professor, producer. She has many irons in many fires and all of them are hot. Her fifth recording, The Best Part continues her fruitful association with guitarist John Chiodini, whose trio this time around comprised bassist Chuck Berghofer and drummer Ray Brinker (no mean ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 2

Read "Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call, Part 2" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Part 1 | Part 2 This past February Peter Erskine greeted me at his studio with a warm smile and welcoming handshake. Nearly two hours later we had discussed many aspects of his long and storied career. We talked at length about his experiences with Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul in Weather ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist Tish Oney with the John Chiodini Trio release 'The Best Part' on Blujazz

Vocalist Tish Oney with the John Chiodini Trio release 'The Best Part' on Blujazz

The Best Part is jazz vocalist, arranger, composer, and producer Tish Oney’s fifth CD project. The music is a compilation of new original songs by contemporary jazz composers, including three never-before-heard songs with lyrics by jazz diva Peggy Lee. Oney's 2015 recording of original vocal/guitar duets titled Songs From the Heart, was honored by the Recording ...

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

A Professional Jazz Musician? Really? What's That?

Read "A Professional Jazz Musician? Really? What's That?" reviewed by Peter Rubie

I've been around as a musician long enough to understand when a promoter or booker ghosts me. “Yeah, sure, send me an email," they say in that sincere way that sounds like someone saying, “Of course I love you" just to shut you up. It comes with the territory, and a musician has to be Zen ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten Artists: January 2019

Read "Ten Artists: January 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

I am adopting my “Bailey's Bundle" format as sole vehicle for my music reportage. Moreover, I am sharpening my focus to three segments of the jazz universe, in this order: (1) Jazz Vocals, (2) Archival Releases, and (3) Everything Else. I have changed the title to the more inclusive “Ten Artists," better reflecting how I have ...


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