4 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.
9 months 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...
11 months 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 ...
1 year 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...
2 years ago | History
The 83-year-old burlesque dancer Rosie Mitchell died last week of complications from lung cancer, and while no one is making much of it, she was one of the last living links to the heyday of the Follies Theatre. In an interview last year, Mitchell...