Music scholars, art curators and grumpy old men playing chess in the park have long debated the definition of "the blues." They will never reach a consensus. There are many irrefutable images of the blues: juke joints, a roadside chain gang, Son House's metal-clad ring finger. But it is also the bed ... More >>
This week, one artist pays homage to hits of the 1960s, another pays homage to a discount store and a group of photographers make images too unwieldy to hang on a wall.
5. Jazz without music
Free-jazz pianist and poet Cecil Taylor has a deep, mysterious voice, and his readings sound like his play ... More >>
Angel City Jazz Festival
LACMA, UCLA, Redcat, Ford Amphitheatre
The theme of the fifth annual Angel City Jazz Festival is "artists and legends" which might as well be the theme for L.A.'s whole jazz scene in October. Legendary L.A. trombonist Phil Ranelin hits LACMA on Friday n ... More >>