….The Playboy Jazz Festival will take place at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June10th, at 3pm and on Sunday, June 11th at 3pm. The Lineup is impressive with an eclectic mix of music: Marcus Miller, Taj Mahal together with the Keb/Mo’ Band, Jack De Johnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, John Scofield, Stefon Harris, Roy Ayers, Warren Wolf, Arturo Sandoval All Stars, Jacob Collier, The Django Festival All Stars, The California Honey Drops and the CSULB Pacific Standard Time Vocal Jazz Ensemble on Saturday…On Sunday the day starts with The LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All-City Jazz Big Band, directed by Tony White and J.B. Dyas, Hamilton De Holanda trio, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Carl Allen & The Art of Elvin, The Diva Jazz Orchestra, Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down, Kenny Garrett Quintet, Lalah Hathaway, Common and Gregory Porter. That is one big hunk of festival ! There is plenty of something for everybody. Get your tickets now at HollywoodBowl.com/ (323) 850-2000.
I wanted to give you the heads up that Savoy Jazz artists and LA-based kings of swing Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are gearing up for the release of a new album June 16th and are currently touring the U.S. Titled “Louie, Louie, Louie”—it’s a homage to the jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima. The Grammy-nominated band is sharper than ever as they pay tribute to their jazz heroes reinterpreting 13 classic songs. The album reveals the evolution of swing, jazz and popular music through the songs and personalities of these three giants of swing and of American culture.
Jazz singer Jackie Gage on April 2nd at The Mint in LA. Bringing to life the sounds of joy and heart-break in their most purest forms, singer Jackie Gage delivers the new sound both r&b and jazz have been waiting for. A California native, Jackie Gage's debut album Siren Songs have received an unusual amount of praise from the likes of AFROPUNK, KCRW, and All About Jazz. Tickets available here www.ticketweb.com
The SF Jazz Collective have gathered to honor Miles Davis in an ambitious effort: SF Collective Music of Miles Davis & Original Compositions Live SFJazz Center 2016. The Collective includes Miguel Zenon, David Sanchez, Sean Jones, Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon, Matt Penman and Obed Calvaire. There are seven originals written by some of the musicians, along with eight classic Miles Davis tunes, such as “Tutu,” “Milestones,” “Bitches Brew,” “All Blues” and the essential “So What.” A very fine effort that will be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates the classics while also exploring new compositions v by a very talented group of musicians
The Beatles also will be heard for generations to come as they continue to inspire working musicians. Organissimo is a group consisting of Jim Alfredson-Hammond organ, Wurlitzer electric piano, synthesizers, Lawrence Barris-guitar, Randy Marsh-drums, Bill Vits-percussionist and Mike List-tabla. The songs are familiar and so well performed by the group. “And I Love Her,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “ The Long and Winding Road,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “ If I Fell,” “Within You Without You,” --12 familiar tunes to enjoy in Organissimo B3tles. For more about the band see www.organissimo.org
Singers wouldn’t have much to sing about if the subject of love was eliminated. It is the theme that inspires creative peopl the most. Marilyn Scott has a new CD out, titled Standard Blue, which includes such great versions of “Never Let Me Go,” “Day Dream,” “Willow Weep For Me,” “Speak Low” and “I’v Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good” plus five more standards. She accomplished the CD with backing by some of the best musicians on the West Coast: Russell Ferrante-keyboards, Michael Landau-guitar, Jimmy Haslip-bass, Gary Novak-drums Ambrose Akinmusire-trumpet and Bob Mintzer on bass clarinet. All of them are heard at their best so Scott can concentrate on the bluesy world of romance. Very well done in every respect
Julia Fordham has the most beautiful voice and she also tackles the various phases of love with an excellent choice of songs: on her new CD The Language of Love including Call Me,” “Who’s That Girl,” “ I’m Not in Love,” “ Alone Again Naturally,” “At Seventeen,” ‘Moon River” “ Eleanor Rigby” and five more gems. The CD was produced and arranged by Grant Mitchell and recorded here in L.A. The musicians include Mitchell on piano & keyboards, David Piltch-bass, Herman Matthews-drums, Ramon Yslas-percussion, Ramon Stagnaro guitar, Harry Kim-trumpet, Guitarist Colin Ryan on “Moon River” and backup singers Judith Owen and Sista Jean McClain. Fordham does a fine job of interpreting the material and also wrote two of her own compositions “Happy Ever After,” “Like You Used to Do,” “The Morning After (the Night With You.)” Sometimes surviving heartbreak can be so inspiring and creative
From the opening snap of “Airplane Funk,” Zeke Martin’s The Oracle takes off on a bright, groove heavy trip. Like an amped up Herbie Mann, Lance Martin’s flute is the jumping off point for the entire album – soulful, funky, and intricately woven around the drums and keys.
Throughout the next few tracks, the pace gallops forward without even the slightest hesitation. “In the Middle” is a masterpiece on a bass, and “Snuggle Noodles” wraps itself around you with its precision and bounce.
Zeke Martin’s music is in his genes. Son of the late, great drummer Stu Martin (Quincy Jones, Count Basie, Herbie Hancock), and godson of Jack DeJohnette and Barry Altschul, Zeke started his career at the top, playing with legendary jazz saxophonist Steve Lacy at age 12.
On a snowy night in February 1972, legendary jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans. Helen served time for the crime and, following her release, retreated into obscurity. Over 20 years later, a chance encounter led her to give a remarkable interview. Helen’s revealing audio “testimony" acts as a refrain throughout the film, which draws together a wealth of archival photographs and footage, interviews with friends and bandmates and incredible jazz music to tell the ill-fated pair’s story. Part true crime tale, part love story, and an all-out musical treat, I CALLED HIM MORGAN is a chronicle of the dramatic destinies of two unique personalities and the music that brought them together. Featuring cinematography by Oscar-nominated DP Bradford Young (SELMA, ARRIVAL).
We present our Swingin’ Jazz Seminar featuring back to basics in jazz, and today’s music. Students, come meet and learn about careers in jazz from established educators and performers. Learn tips on how to practice, how to audition, and how young musicians become jazz legends. Bring instruments for a post-seminar jam. Also learn about the upcoming Scholarship Competition sponsored by the Dolo Coker Jazz Scholarship Foundation. Free admission. For further information, please contact Linda Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
The 34th Annual “Tribute to Dolo” Scholarship Benefit Concert, Reception 2:30 PM, Concert 3 PM – 6 PM
Museum of African American Art
Third Floor of Macy’s Dept Store – Crenshaw Plaza
3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Our annual jazz concert features performances by the top names in jazz: Ernie Andrews, Betty Bryant, The Donald Dean Jazz All Stars, many others and our 2017 Scholarship Winners. Free refreshments and parking.
A reminder that Pinocchio’s Italian restaurant in Pasadena, on north Lake, has been featuring jazz for a long time. On the first Saturdays of the month it’s guitarist Scott Detweiler performing. On the second Saturday of the month catch the Donovan-Muradian group. This is a terrific jazz group who have guests dropping by to play straight ahead jazz. No cover and the food is very good. It’s a great jazz destination....
Also in the Pasadena area; The Barkley features jazz every Sunday, from 9-11pm. No cover…We also heard that Edwin Mills, located in an alley in Old Town also has jazz on tap. Sorry, we have no details on these places but it’s easy to check out in Pasadena’s weekly newspaper or online....