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Calendar, Archive Allan Holdsworth

Allan Holdsworth

Englishman Allan Holdsworth is one of the most highly respected guitarists of the past several decades, cited by legions of fellow players, including Eddie Van Halen, as a major inspiration. Holdsworth first came to prominence in the New Tony Williams Lifetime band of the mid-1970s, and while Holdsworth has most...…
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Calendar, Archive Jay Leonhart & Josh Nelson

Jay Leonhart & Josh Nelson

New York-based Jay Leonhart has been called "the world's wittiest bassist." While navigating a career that has included performing with artists as far-ranging as Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and Sting, Leonhart also has been composing music and poetry for several decades. Beginning with 1983's Salamander Pie, Jay has recorded 15...…
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Calendar, Archive The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Large Ensemble

The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Large Ensemble

Violaist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson has developed a reputation for being one of L.A.'s most adventurous young composers, finding himself involved in film and television projects on larger and larger scales. His own music is just as challenging, as he often creates large ensembles that perform chamber, jazz and Latin hybrid works...…
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Calendar, Archive Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright III

These days singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III is as well known for being father to daughters Martha and Lucy and son Rufus as he is for his own extended musical career. But Wainwright is as good as any modern songwriter in turning a phrase, and has branched out from his early...…
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Calendar, Archive The Baked Potato All-Stars

The Baked Potato All-Stars

Guitarist Jeff Richman is a regular at L.A.'s oldest jazz club, the Baked Potato in Studio City. Once a month he can usually be found leading a group of the area's finest players through a range of well-crafted original songs as well as covers ranging from Wayne Shorter to Peter...…
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Calendar, Archive The Billy Hart Quartet

The Billy Hart Quartet

Drummer Billy Hart has worked with genuine jazz legends for decades, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Shirley Horn, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz, among many others. Hart's assembled his own quartet for a nationwide early-summer tour, which concludes with two nights at Little Tokyo's Blue Whale. Hart is joined here...…
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Calendar, Archive Azar Lawrence

Azar Lawrence

Saxophonist Azar Lawrence is widely recognized as one of the planet's finest interpreters of the music of John Coltrane. Azar's early career saw notable stints with both Miles Davis and Coltrane pianist McCoy Tyner before he largely dropped out of sight for an extended period. Lawrence's renaissance is nearly a...…
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Calendar, Archive Chick Corea & Béla Fleck

Chick Corea & Béla Fleck

Pianist Chick Corea's career dates back to the 1960s, when he first came to prominence in the bands of Miles Davis as a member of the seminal Bitches Brew - era lineups, which helped launch jazz fusion. Corea has kept himself involved in a wide range of musical projects, which...…
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Calendar, Archive Diana Krall

Diana Krall

Canadian-born Diana Krall has become one of the most popular artists in jazz over the last two decades by stamping onto jazz standards her personal style as a pianist and chanteuse, selling more than 15 million albums worldwide and winning two Grammy Awards. For her latest record, Glad Rag Doll,...…
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Calendar, Archive Monk'estra

Monk'estra

Keyboardist/composer/arranger John Beasley was born into a musical family, first coming to prominence as part of the last bands of Miles Davis, then moving on to a TV and musical career that included composing and arranging for American Idol, Queen Latifah, Carly Simon and many others. His own 2009 Positootly...…
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Calendar, Archive The Scott Kinsey Hard Ensemble

The Scott Kinsey Hard Ensemble

Keyboard wiz Scott Kinsey carries the legacy of the late Joe Zawinul (Weather Report) forward in his own work as leader tonight at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Kinsey is joined here by a young and talented rhythm section, with Tim Lefebvre (Tedeschi Trucks Band) on bass and Louis Cole...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Austin Peralta Died From Pneumonia Combined With Drugs and Alcohol, Says Coroner

Austin Peralta Died From Pneumonia Combined With Drugs and Alcohol, Says Coroner

Twenty-two-year-old virtuoso pianist Austin Peralta died shockingly the day before Thanksgiving. Until now, details of the final hours of his life have been mostly a mystery. See also: The Life and Death of Austin Peralta His coroner's report, obtained by West Coast Sound, states that viral pneumonia was the most...…
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Calendar, Archive Turtle Island Quartet With Tierney Sutton

Turtle Island Quartet With Tierney Sutton

Tonight, the double–Grammy-winning, San Francisco–based Turtle Island Quartet makes a stop at the downtown Colburn School of Music's Zipper Hall. Turtle Island's 2007 interpretation of John Coltrane's seminal A Love Supreme won their latest Grammy Award for Best Crossover Album. For more than two decades, Turtle Island have reworked music...…
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Music, West Coast Sound New African-American Owned Beverly Hills Jazz Club Is An Anomaly

New African-American Owned Beverly Hills Jazz Club Is An Anomaly

Dennis "D.Anthony" Robertson has moved back and forth between the business and music worlds for years now. An aspiring drummer, he first began promoting acts at B.B. King's at Universal Studios, working his way into management and eventually ownership of the club. When that venture ended a few years ago,...…
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Calendar, Archive Lorraine Feather

Lorraine Feather

In 2010 Lorraine Feather received a Grammy nomination for her album Ages, which drew widespread critical and popular acclaim. Feather's latest effort is Tales From the Unusual, material from which she debuts tonight. Feather's background is a unique one. She's the daughter of Jane and Leonard Feather — her mother...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Judith Hill: Why Just About Everyone Is Falling for Her

Judith Hill: Why Just About Everyone Is Falling for Her

Before she was picked to sing back-up for Michael Jackson's ill-fated 2009 London shows, Judith Hill was a relatively unknown perfomer from Pasadena. When Hill appeared near the end of Jackson's memorial service to lead the stage in singing "Heal The World," most of the Staples Center audience didn't know...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Clare Fischer, Grammy-Winning Composer/Arranger for Chaka Khan and Prince, Is Dead at 83

Clare Fischer, Grammy-Winning Composer/Arranger for Chaka Khan and Prince, Is Dead at 83

Less than a month after suffering cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home, two-time Grammy winning composer/arranger and pianist Clare Fischer died Thursday in Burbank at the age of 83. Fischer had been a highly regarded figure in jazz since backing the group the Hi-Lo's in the 1950s, and in...…
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Music, West Coast Sound New Jazz Bakery in Jeopardy; Westside Jazz Scene Hurting

New Jazz Bakery in Jeopardy; Westside Jazz Scene Hurting

The Jazz Bakery, L.A.'s major jazz non-profit organization, is in turmoil because of the pending shutdown of the Culver City Redevelopment Agency. Jazz Bakery president Ruth Price had been working with the agency to reopen Jazz Bakery's venue at a new building near the Kirk Douglas Theatre later this year...…
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Calendar, Archive Barbara Morrison

Barbara Morrison

If there is such a thing as an institution on the SoCal jazz scene, one need look no further than singer Barbara Morrison. Morrison has been a fixture in area jazz for decades since moving from her native Detroit, and has likely appeared in as many settings and venues as...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at UCLA Royce Hall

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at UCLA Royce Hall

Who: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette Where: UCLA Royce Hall When: 10/26/11 Better than...any other piano trio on the planet. Last night the trio of pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock, and drummer Jack DeJohnette gave one of their few North American live appearances of 2011. The rarity...…
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