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  • 22 days ago

    A key part of the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles is the renaissance of late night establishments catering to the younger professional-class residents who live in the city and apparently don't need much sleep. Seven Grand has enhanced its ...

  • 23 days ago

    In almost every professional field there are unsung heroes, the ones behind the scenes making it all happen. Pianist John Beasley has played Tonto to many a Lone Ranger; playing with Miles Davis in the 80's, being associate musical director for R...

  • 24 days ago

    Wishing for her youngest son to have a better fate than his musician father and brothers, Alex Acuña’s mother kept her husband from teaching the boy music. But it’s hard to fight destiny, and Acuña’s was to become one of the great percussionists o...

  • 28 days ago

    If there is such a thing as justice, Will Ferrell should finance every future album Katisse Buckingham makes. The money spent would be trivial compared to that priceless comedic moment in Anchorman when Ron Burgundy displays his jazz flute ...

  • 30 days ago

    The third ever Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition was won in 1989 by a young pianist named Bill Cunliffe, a former student of Mary Lou Williams, who also happened to be Monk's teacher. In the years since, Cunliffe has carved out ...

  • 30 days ago

    Aspiring jazz saxophone students in L.A. have two popular current role models. Ben Wendel lived in L.A. and made Kneebody a thing before continuing his ascendant career in New York. Walter Smith III established himself as a next-generation version...