5. Kamasi Washington
Footsies Bar, February 8th
Tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington is a force, and stands as thick as a redwood, which is tough when he is blocking your way to the restroom and he happens to be blasting his horn at that time too. But add in Thundercat on bass, his brother Ronald B ... More >>
Herbie Hancock Celebrates Peace
Better than...the Republican National Convention.
Let's get this out of the way early: I like peace. Obtaining peace and air conditioning are my two highest priorities these days and peace is winning by a mile. I also like pianist Herbie Hanco ... More >>
Monday, August 27
Summer's here and the time is right for a pure-pop escape. Sisters Chelsea (lead vocals and guitar) and Justine Brown (drums) lay down a simple, unabashedly irony-free form of pop that layers '60s garage rock with dreamy harmonies. "I'm just a piece of g ... More >>
[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Saturday KCRW broadcast.]
See also: Miles Davis Celebration and Postage Stamp Unveiling - Hollywood Bowl - 6/27/12
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A Celebration of Miles Davis
Better than...celebrating Garfield creator Jim Davis
Last night, under a vivid half moon, this year's Bowl jazz series kicked off with a tribute to Miles Davis. It was largely a hit and as eclectic as the great trumpeter's game-changing career. E ... More >>
Sean J. O'ConnellLeft to right: Patrice Rushen, Hubert Laws, Lee Ritenour, Marcus MillerAlex Acuña, Barbara Morrison, Marcus Miller, and many others
Catalina Bar & Grill's 25th Anniversary
Better than...watching half of Ken Burns' Jazz in one sitting.
Even in the heyday of jazz c ... More >>
You know you saw it this past soggy Sunday: Every time it storms in L.A., Twitter's flooded with references to singer and producer Raphael Saadiq's song with Tony! Toni! Toné!, "It Never Rains in Southern California." Not bad for a track that was released more than 20 years ago. But Saadiq's ... More >>
The 32nd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival had its typical big-name veterans play - George Benson, Marcus Miller, Chick Corea, Manhattan Transfer - but it was the lesser known performers who almost stole the show.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave. and Naturally 7 made their first appearances and the Pete ... More >>