Ray Charles: Genius Soul = Jazz
Better than... hanging out at the Ray Charles Post Office on Washington Boulevard.
Last night, a parade of marquee-ready names hit the stage of the Hollywood Bowl in tribute to the "Genius of Soul," Ray Charles. Featuring Babyface, Martina M ... More >>
By Kirk Silsbee
Rhythm and blues giant Johnny Otis passed away on Tuesday in Altadena. He was 90. At times a bandleader, talent scout, club owner, and broadcaster, among other titles, his caravan tours in the 1950s helped popularize R&B throughout the country. His influence on the genre is incalcul ... More >>
Tom MeekJanis Mann with bassist Chris ColangeloBy Tom Meek
After more than a decade, venerable Van Nuys jazz club Charlie O's has closed its doors. Owner Jo-Ann Ottaviano announced the shuttering early Wednesday evening, blaming the bad economy.
Charlie O's was considered the world's leadi ... More >>
Timothy NorrisKCRW BROADCAST #114 for Saturday, May 14.
I am back from a few days in Louisiana and Florida. I am in one piece although my legs have been eaten by all manner of insects. We all got chewed upon quite a bit. Our cameraman Kris stood on fire ant hill and they really did ... More >>
Quincy JonesIn a packed auditorium at the Austin Convention Center in downtown Austin, Texas, legendary music producer Quincy Jones gave the "keynote" speech on Thursday afternoon at the South by Southwest Music Festival. From the get-go, Jones struck a personal and political tone--a flyer sat on ev ... More >>