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Tom Meek

John Beasley (foreground) shares one of his two Grammy nominations with his MONKestra big band.; Credit: Eric Wolfinger

Is This the Year the Grammys Finally Give West Coast Jazz Its Due?

When this year's Grammy nominations were announced in early December, I scanned the jazz and related nominations, looking for friends and acquaintances who'd received nods this year. After a couple of minutes I started counting, and it rapidly became clear that the 2017 Grammy nominations capped a watershed year for......
Terry Bozzio inside his 100-piece drum kit; Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Terry Bozzio's Massive, Tuned Drum Kit Will Blow Your Mind

Drummer Terry Bozzio has been a notable fixture in the drum and rock music worlds for four decades. After years of classical percussion training, including time at the College of Marin north of San Francisco, Bozzio began picking up Bay Area jazz and studio work, which brought him to the......
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Simon Phillips & Protocol II

English drummer Simon Phillips first came to prominence in the early 1980s, backing guitarist Jeff Beck, followed by stints with The Who and two decades with Toto. Phillips recently gave up the Toto seat in order to concentrate on his own music. Phillips’ band, Protocol II, was in the studio......
Zane Musa; Credit: Photo by Tom Meek

L.A. Jazz Scene Reels From Untimely Death Of Zane Musa

On Monday, the L.A. jazz community erupted with news of the death of local saxophonist Zane Musa, a fixture on the Southern California jazz scene for nearly 20 years. Musa died on Monday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the age of 36. News of Musa's passing came from trumpeter Arturo Sandoval,......
Gordon Goodwin; Credit: Photo by Rex Bullington

For Jazz Bandleader Gordon Goodwin, It's 20 Grammy Nominations and Counting

When this year's Grammy nominations were announced, multiple nominees included names like Beyonce, Sam Smith, Eric Church, Eminem, Pharrell Williams, Taylor Swift...and Gordon Goodwin. If you're asking “Gordon who?”, you're not alone. But despite remaining little-known outside the jazz and soundtrack worlds, the Westlake Village resident is no stranger to......
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Chad Wackerman

Chad Wackerman comes from a highly musical family — his brother Brooks is the drum backbone of Bad Religion. The Long Beach native is best known for his extended period as the drummer for Frank Zappa, from 1981 through 1988, along with more than a decade backing English guitarist Allan......
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Chris Potter

The Jazz Bakery continues to sponsor “Movable Feast” shows around Los Angeles while still hoping to build a new facility in downtown Culver City. Saturday’s program marks both its first concert of 2015 as well as the first major public jazz event at the Moss Theater on the campus of......