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Kamasi Washington at the World Stage in Leimert Park; Credit: Photo by Leroy Hamilton

How South Central Birthed the Next Great Jazz Movement

The West Coast Get Down are eight young master musicians from South L.A.. Though only in their early 30s, they have already put in nearly two decades perfecting a sound many herald as the future of jazz. Their ranks include tenor saxophonist Kasami Washington, profiled in our music feature this week......
Dillon Francis; Credit: Photo by Ryan Orange

Kamasi Washington Intends to Make Jazz New Again

Thirty-two-year-old tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington has been playing for nearly two decades with 10-piece band West Coast Get Down. A little more than a year ago, they went into a Silver Lake studio and recorded six albums in 30 days. Washington's contribution to that effort is called The Epic, a......
Joe Firstman; Credit: Photo by David Palmer

The Fall and Rise of Joe Firstman

The end may have begun inside New York's Marquee Club in 2002, when Joe Firstman put his hands around the neck of his star-making music manager, Michael Lippman, at an industry party. He wanted in. Denied entry, Firstman grew belligerent, flicking a bouncer's earpiece onto the ground. Lippman came out......