4 months ago | Jazz
The rising-star trumpeter performs with his quartet in L.A. on Friday.
9 months ago | Jazz
The Chinese-American composer/bandleader presents a new performance honoring the Year of the Rooster, with guest soloist Yazhi Guo on the suona.
1 year ago | Jazz
Jazz pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader John Beasley began his career in the early 1980s, around the time jazz’s Young Men in Suits proclaimed that bebop was the one true way of life. They spoke solemnly about “keeping the flame,” “ho...
1 year ago | I Get High On Your Memory
History’s one-hit wonders make up a long, sometimes colorful and often tragic legion. Eden Ahbez was one of the luckier ones. He had a compelling song, with an unusual melody and a message of universal love. He was able to prevail upon Nat Cole’s ...
2 years ago | R&B
Soul music devotees have long wondered why Los Angeles didn’t field a great 1960s soul record label like Motown or Stax. Hollywood was fast becoming the recording capitol of the country and Motown would indeed relocate here by the end of the decad...
2 years ago | Jazz
Booking jazz pianists and their ensembles is no novelty for Bluewhale proprietor Joon Lee. L.A.’s most consistent and prolific showcase for new and cutting-edge jazz is the favored venue for many young, forward-looking keyboardists. But when piani...