| Dec 2, 2011
| 2:13 PM
Like most professional musicians these days, singer-songwriter-guitarist Joe Henry has a home studio where he produces records for himself as well as other artists, which — unlike most at-home recordings — include recent Grammy-winning...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 10:16 AM
There’s more to the story of Jaimoe, the drummer formerly known as Jai Johanny Johanson (or “Johnie,” as his parents called him), than his long-standing affiliation with the Allman Brothers Band. Years before his fateful run-in with...
| Jul 3, 2012
| 6:43 PM
Alex Kurtzman is making his directorial debut. He and his writing partner did the fun Cowboys & Aliens and the last Star Trek. That Captain Kirk – Chris Pine – gets transported to Los Angeles, where he gets the sad news his dad dies. He was...
| 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...
| Dec 3, 2006
Los Angeles is commonly regarded as a city people come to, but there's much more to it than that. For better than a century, it's also been a place that people come from — even when (as so often happens) they were born somewhere else. Indeed, L.A....
| Jan 10, 2010
Translated from the Spanish
by Chris Andrews
New Directions: 146 pp., $22.95
There's an apocryphal tale that on the day jazz composer and bassist Charles Mingus died at 56 in Cuernavaca, Mexico, 56 gray whales...
| Dec 9, 2009
Should a Tony Hawk-endorsed skateboard park be a neighbor to South Los Angeles' cultural landmark, the Watts Towers?
In what could become a battle between athletics and aesthetics, the answer will be up to city officials, who figure to get an earful from...
| May 15, 2008
Beginning Monday, public tours at the Watts Towers will be restricted until next February to enable crews to repair damage the center tower sustained during the storms of 2004-05.
The Department of Cultural Affairs had applied for federal FEMA funds...
| Apr 20, 2008
DIGGERS -- part of a larger tribe peopled by DJs, turntablists, music completists and stripped-down-to-essence-of-it-all fans -- have long had their own rituals, codes and ethos. And although the end of the '90s meant the death knell for record stores and...
| Apr 6, 2009
The Quai Branly Museum, a steel-and-glass palace on the Seine River, has news for the culture world: "Three Little Bops" is art.
The Looney Tunes cartoon from 1957 retells the Three Little Pigs as a jazz fable with music by...
| Nov 21, 2008
After 17 years, nine studio albums and countless tours, Medeski, Martin and Wood are, in a sense, a band without a country. And they couldn't be happier.
Dedicated to what keyboardist John Medeski calls "the spirit of jazz" through a fierce devotion to...
| Apr 23, 2008
Like most artists, Dean Mitchell always painted what he knew.
Cypress trees. Tobacco barns. People. "My uncle Ben and stuff like that."
Then, as now, his artistic influences were Rembrandt, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth.
The people he knew and painted...