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Article: SoCal Jazz

Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

Read "Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid" reviewed by Jim Worsley


From the outset, the equation was simple enough. Jazz + rock = fusion. However, whether it was Miles Davis, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, or any of the pioneers of fusion, the music has always been far from simplistic. Musical depth has long been the trademark of a genre that has been through many incarnations and traversed ...

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Lillian Palmer

Music was the heart of our home. I remember singing and dancing around the living room listening to my father’s record collection, which contained a variety of big band swing, The Four Freshmen, June Christy, Sinatra plus other vocalists and movie soundtracks. Singing in the shower was a guaranteed concert. The acoustics were great. Mom, after forty-five minutes, and inspired by the water bill would turn off the hot water to inspire me to come out. It’s where I developed my high notes!

Singing and a love for music came naturally. I sang in my elementary school choir. One night on KPBS, a musical tribute to a guy named George Gershwin hooked me on the American Songbook and jazz

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Article: Jazz Fiction

Jazz Night At The Oceanic Brew Pub, Part 3: How You Loved Me On Mars

Read "Jazz Night At The Oceanic Brew Pub, Part 3: How You Loved Me On Mars" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The Oceanic Brew Pub's waitress, Rafaela, told the owner, Roy Leahy, not to hire that dumb ass pianist and his chihuahua again to play on Jazz Night. But Roy ignored her. The place had gotten a lot of publicity out of the duo's previous engagement, when pianist Sinbad Rindowski's howling vocal accompanist chihuahua, Sweetie Pie, damned ...

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Stephanie Richards

Before the release of her 2018 debut Fullmoon (Relative Pitch), Steph Richards had steadily established herself in NYC as an engaging experimentalist on the scene, recording with pioneering artists ranging Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton and John Zorn to David Byrne and Yoko Ono. Her sonic explorations also led to collaborations with artists ranging from Mike Kelly, Laurie Anderson/Lou Reed to Kanye West. Embracing experimental jazz, avant-rock and improvisation, her work is driven by a curiosity of how listeners interact with music and what sensory variables are open to experimentation

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Article: Jazz Fiction

Jazz Night At the Oceanic Brew Pub, Oceanside, California, Part Two: I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You

Read "Jazz Night At the Oceanic Brew Pub, Oceanside, California, Part Two: I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Juanita Diaz-Johnson haunted the house piano at the Oceanic Brew Pub. The baby grand had been hers, when she was alive. But when she passed in December 2020, at age 79, another victim of the Coronavirus, her older daughter Evangeline penciled the piano in for a spot at the estate sale. But Rafaela, Juanita's younger daughter, ...

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Article: Jazz Fiction

Jazz Night At The Oceanic Brew Pub, Oceanside, California, Part 1: I've Got A Crush On You

Read "Jazz Night At The Oceanic Brew Pub, Oceanside, California, Part 1: I've Got A Crush On You" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Nobody seemed to know how the python got into the piano. Or if anybody did know, they weren't talking. But the how of it didn't matter; this is what happened on that Jazz Night at the Oceanic, February 27, 2021. The Oceanic Brew Pub seats sixty, but the current Covid-19 restrictions limit the house ...

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News: Recording

Ira B. Liss Big Band Machine Releases 'Mazel Tov Kocktail!' - A Celebration Of 40 Years, Coming January 15, 2021

Ira B. Liss Big Band Machine Releases 'Mazel Tov Kocktail!' - A Celebration Of 40 Years, Coming January 15, 2021

Mazel Tov Kocktail!, the newest recording by the Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, is a swinging, rollicking collection of new and standard big band numbers performed by a tight-knit group of top-notch musicians. The band is well known in Southern California for its fun and engaging performances that have often featured some of the ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet The JazzTwins, Arnold and Donald Stanley

Read "Meet The JazzTwins, Arnold and Donald Stanley" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


For our first two-for-one Super Fans column, we present the JazzTwins, Arnold Stanley and Donald Stanley, who got started pretty young (just wait till you see who played at their high school concerts). All jazz Super Fans are VIPs, but these two take things to another level. From invitations to musicians' family dinners to being the ...

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Lizzi Trumbore

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DFW based vocalist and composer Lizzi Trumbore infuses catchy melodies, lush harmonies, introspective lyrics, and genre-bending grooves to create a unique spin on both the pop and jazz idioms. Her debut album "Lifelines" is set to release in the fall of 2019. Lizzi is a published songwriter and arranger who’s original compositions have been performed by collegiate and professional vocal groups throughout the country and at the JEN (The Jazz Education Network) and ACDA (American Choral Director’s Association) conferences. Her songs have been described as "world class," "sincere and intelligently crafted," and "full of beautiful surprises." She skillfully combines a vibrant and youthful perspective on songwriting while still capturing a mature depth and understanding of the art form. Trumbore has worked and performed alongside premiere jazz artists including Sara Gazarek, Josh Nelson, Jo Lawry, vocal group Groove for Thought, and Peter Sprague

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Dennis Gittens

Dennis Gittens, an East Coast native, grew up listening to the music in his grandmother’s music collection. The combination of Jazz and Salsa music in her collection influences him to this day. In 2001, he moved to New York, where he attended as many live jazz performances as he could, learning from each and every performer. His desire to sing like his jazz heroes took root in his 30s as he began to study the art of jazz. Soon, he was bringing his engaging style to audiences all over San Diego. He has also performed several times in NYC at places such as the world famous Smoke Jazz Club. Dennis tells a story with his vocals and is one singer to keep an ear open for!


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