| Feb 12, 2012
| 9:32 PM
Setting aside more sympathetic choices from jazz veterans Sonny Rollins and 93-year-old bandleader Gerald Wilson, Grammy voters opted for familiar faces from a different generation....
| Feb 16, 2012
| 4:32 PM
A pair of recent winners at the 2012 Grammys lead the 34th annual festival, along with guitarist Vernon Reid, vocalist Robin Thicke and more nods to the worlds of jazz, R&B, funk and pop....
| Jun 16, 2012
| 5:37 PM
The 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival Order of Appearance
Saturday, June 16: The LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All City Jazz Band Louie Cruz Beltran Latin Jazz Ensemble Cos of Good Music The Soul Rebels Global Gumbo All Stars Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Christian...
| Jun 18, 2012
As a jazz fan, you really have to savor the select moments of the Playboy Jazz Festival, which began its 34th installment Saturday at its longtime home, the Hollywood Bowl.
Because as a stand-alone, multi-day barometer of the state of the music, the...
| Jun 29, 2012
| 7:43 AM
Joe Jackson has demonstrated his love of classic jazz and swing before, and with today's free track, he's once again up to his old tricks.
He reshapes the familiar “It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Go That Swing),” into something more...
| Feb 10, 2012
Check out the complete list of nominees for this year's Grammy Awards. Tune in on Sunday February 12 at 8/7c to see if your predictions were right.
Record Of The Year
Rolling In The Deep Adele
Holocene Bon Iver
Grenade Bruno Mars
| Jul 27, 2011
| 1:53 PM
Frank Foster, a jazz sax man and composer who is best known for his years with the Count Basie Orchestra, died Tuesday, July 26, at his home in Chesapeake, the Associated Press reported.
Foster, who composed Basie's hit "Shiny Stockings," died of...
| Aug 4, 2011
| 1:27 PM
More Philly jazz bass news of the day (see previous blog post):
It's always welcome news when a bassist takes the reins of a whole mess of jazzers. (Charles Mingus R.I.P.).
Check out these tracks from the Christian McBride Big Band. The longest track...
| Jul 18, 2010
When journalists ask Herbie Hancock which musicians he listens to, he thinks that they're expecting him to say Oscar Peterson and Chick Corea -- that is, virtuoso jazz pianists like himself.
"I do listen to those musicians," Hancock said recently,...
| Jun 21, 2009
Adele can't contain herself. Nothing new there. The hot young British soul singer is, by her own account, "pretty mouthy." But learning that she will share the bill with her idol, Etta James, at the Hollywood Bowl next Sunday has sent her over the moon....
| May 19, 2008
There was a remarkable atmosphere of synchronicity during the performance of Christian McBride's "The Movement Revisited" at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday night. And maybe a trace of irony as well.
The four-section suite for big jazz band, small...
| Aug 4, 2008
Ernie Hawkins closes his eyes, deftly plucking notes from the strings of his guitar, as if invoking the spirit of his departed mentor and acoustic blues giant the Rev. Gary Davis.
Hawkins speaks of Davis with the hushed reverence befitting a man who also...