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November 9, 2019

Legendary lyricist Sammy Cahn once wrote about the holiday season, “It’s that time of year when the world falls in love…” Blessedly for contemporary jazz fans, that means more than simply getting cozy by the fire, hearing sleigh bells ring, dashing through the snow and...

November 9, 2019

With a versatile, wanderlust driven stylistic palette that’s long taken her beyond her jazz foundations to explore everything from New Orleans blues and Kansas City jazz to gospel, funk, pop, rock, you name it, a live performance is literally the only way to fully capt...

October 29, 2019

A famed Hollywood marketing executive and long beloved patron of the arts, Richard Del Belso never wrote a song or sang or played a note. Yet three and a half years after his passing, he was ever present in spirit at the Second Annual Richard Del Belso Animal Rescue Be...

October 23, 2019

To paraphrase the title from a whimsical British Invasion hit co-written by Carole King, Seattle based vocal interpreter and sassy scatter extraordinaire Kelley Johnson is truly into Something Good on her fifth album – which also marks the start of her third decade as...

October 23, 2019

Hands down the most vibrant, festive and engaging jazz album of the 2019 holiday season, Christmas All The Way by international a capella sensation Accent is not only the most exhilarating way to make the spirits bright – it’s also a remarkable reflection of the notion...

October 23, 2019

In only three compelling, heart on her sleeve songs, gossamer voiced soul-jazz singer songwriter invites us into a fascinating interior world, where she’s unashamed to address suicidal thoughts and her slow emergence from a dark emotional time.

Understanding that a diff...

October 23, 2019

One of L.A.’s most prolific and wildly eclectic jazz songwriters and vocal interpreters, Cathy Segal-Garcia shares a tune on her latest album, the marvelously adventurous and supremely hip and quirky Straight Ahead to the U.K., that perfectly captures the deepest essen...

October 14, 2019

With the release of Jazz Marathon 4: Live at Hangar 18, the dynamic ensemble concept created originally in Hawaii by jazz aficionado Don Thomson and spearheaded later in Southern California by guitarist and musical director Doug MacDonald reaches fever pitch – and true...

October 14, 2019

Whether intentionally or not, Conawag Records neglected to put a date on the spirited, engaging, history sweeping performance by songwriter and vocalist Anne Phillips on her new release Anne Phillips: Live at the Jazz Bakery. But it’s no matter, because timelessness is...

October 14, 2019

There doesn’t seem to be an official explanation why it took nine years for this epic trio concert by legendary pianist Roger Kellaway, Bruce Forman (guitar) and Dan Lutz (bass) at The Jazz Bakery in L.A. to become an official album release. One thing’s for sure though...

October 14, 2019

As freewheeling as high octane as contemporary rock influenced jazz fusion gets these days, electric guitarist Bernie Mora and his hot blooded ensemble Tangent may dub their latest set No Agenda, but they’ve got one – to wake our ears to powerful new sonic frontiers fo...

October 14, 2019

When a female horn player’s branding is nothing less than “The Saxophone Queen,” she better deliver the goods – and in the case of Fostina Dixon, who plays soprano, alto and baritone (not to mention flute and clarinet) with equal sparkle and funk, she does that and a w...

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