By Chris J. Walker

the word contemporary

In anticipation of COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, neo-soul Grammy-winning multi platinum singer, songwriter, producer, actor and author Anthony Hamilton performed virtually. The pre-recorded concert was staged as a semi-live concert linked to the recently designated National Holiday Juneteenth. Well-produced personal, background and promotional vignettes segments were also incorporated into the show to make into a full-blown production.

In almost three decades, Hamilton has sold over 50 million albums, won a 2009 Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance and performed for President Barack Obama. The singer has also collaborated with a diverse array of musicians, from Al GreenBuddy Guy and Santana, to 2PacRick RossGorillazDJ KhaledChris Brown, and Mark Ronson. He has also contributed music to several films including Django UnchainedBarbershop 2, and Baby Boy.

Hamilton’s style is similar to the late R&B icon Bobby Womack. But the top-selling singer doesn’t play guitar and has less grittiness, with more emphasis on strong grooving love songs. Along those lines “Why” and “So in Love” got things going as the bandleader lusciously worked out with lively band support and backing harmonies. Ballads “Best of Me,” “I Can’t,” “Mercy,” new single “You Made a Fool of Me” and scaled down “Charlene” slowed the tempo down, and were drenched with emotion and soulful harmonies.

“I Tried” was more in alignment with Womack and featured a hard jamming backdrop for Hamilton’s emphatic singing/chanting that was somewhat of a hip-hop styled call to arms. Continuing in that mode with less rap and concluding the concert were jazzy tinged grooves “Where The People Reside,” “Cool” and “Living The Life.” For more info go to:

Concerts for the general public resumed at the Hollywood Bowl during the 4th of July Weekend, and who better to get the party started than Kool & The Gang. The 50-year-old group is a testament to survival and also good times, while remaining creative and productive. The results—a chart-topping number-1 hittwo Grammys25 top-10 R&B hits31 platinum and gold records, a plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and being one of the most sampled bands by hip-hop artists, second to the Godfather of SoulJames Brown.

The thirteen-piece band, with three alluring dancers who appeared intermittently for extra sizzle, seized the moment with rocking funk jam “Tonight” to ignite the crowd. Afterwards, the focus was on the women in attendance (a popular and successful approach for the group) with upbeat “Fresh,” and “Too Hot” that showcased guitarist Rick Marcel, saxophonist Dennis Thomas (original member) and silky singing by Walt Anderson. As would be expected the group’s 1979 hit “Ladies Night” was included and also drew strong response.

Kool & The Gang’s divergent, but very popular ballad “Joanna” was tender, and an embarrassing serenade for a lady from the audience, whose name happened to be Joanna. Although, short-lived, it totally delighted the audience who helped out with the chorus.

Following the sweet moment, the funk ensemble quickly returned to funky/R&B “old school” partying with occasional hip-hop rapping. Strong grooving tunes “Let the Music Take Your Mind,” “Open Sesame,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Get Down on It” and of course “Hollywood Swingin’” were all laden with the band’s trademark jolting brass choruses and dance inducing rhythms. Needless to say, the Bowl was rocking with good feelings that eased the pain and isolation of the last year and a half.
Seasonal fireworks were colorfully displayed over the shell-like stage and provocatively lit up the night after the fun fast-paced 70-minute set. The Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Thomas Wilkins played traditional John Philip Sousa march music. Before Kool & The Gang hit the stage, Wilkins conducted the Los Philharmonic Orchestra for holiday themed selections that included anthems for the different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and Olympics associated piece “Summon The Heroes.” It was deservedly dedicated to all the much-needed health care workers and first responders.

Not to be forgotten, Kool & The Gang’s time-less and very appropriate song “Celebration” was performed by band for the encore. It unquestionably, was the perfect conclusion for the triumphant return of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.

Every Saturday until August 14th The Odyssey Theatre showcases John Snow’s Show Series at the Odyssey! He curates, features and supports up and coming performers spanning a wide range of genres and styles from jazz to folk to R&B to pop. Many of them have worked with well-know artists such as George BensonHAIMPatrice RushenBill IrwinBuck MeekWyclef Jean, and many others. The house band is John Snow-Musical Director/bass, Ryan Mcdiarmid-drums, Alex Hahn-saxophone and Max Naseck-keyboards.

One of the series’ concerts showcased singer/songwriter Moira Mack, singer/guitarist Segun Oluwadele and singer/songwriter Elizabeth Woolf. Mack with Oluwadele helping passionately sang, “I’m Happy For You” with strains of gospel, blues and pop elements. With only bass she did a raw version of Billie Holiday’s immortal “God Bless The Child.” Woolf showcased lightly jazzy indie pop tunes “Goodbye Old Friend” and “June” from her new recording Till It’s Dark Outside. Oluwadele differed from the others by expressively covering blues standard “I Just Want to Make Love to You” to wow the audience. Later, he played acoustic guitar with the band and sang heartfelt folk/pop original “Americana Beautiful Soul.”

For closing selection, Snow sang with the featured singers and led off solely for gospel gem “This Little Light of Mine I’m Gonna Let it Shine.” Astonishingly, the others did the same with a jazzy/gospel backdrop from the band and came together for the close to get a standing ovation. Snow’s band opened with jazz and blues themed originals and covers. Notably, midway through the show they did a standout neo-bop version of Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed” featuring Hahn. Next show Aug 14th. For more info go to:

Coinciding with her newly released recording Ledisi Sings Nina (7-20-21), the neo-soul singer performed Ledisi Sings Nina Simone at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Thomas Wilkins. Over the years, the Bowl has hosted many tributes honoring a variety of legendary artists and often has several performers covering different aspects of the spotlighted subject. Ledisi, born in New Orleans and raised in Oakland credited Simone’s music for inspiring her to resurrect her career when it was at a very low point, and simply celebrated the influential singer/musician.

“Feeling Good/New Day” optimistically opened the concert and along with Nat Adderley’s “Work Song” immediately enraptured the audience as Wilkins and Orchestra boldly accompanied the singer. Riding on the wave of good feelings, Ledisi continued with a silky string embellished version of “My Baby Just Cares For Me” and included an amusing reference to Beyoncé’s high-toned style. Other similar ballads were “Little Girl Blue,” Jacques Brel “Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don’t Leave Me)” and Ledisi’s original “All The Way” with backup singers.

Simone, however, was better known for her feistiness and Ledisi channeled that pretty well. Songs such as gospel flavored “Trouble in Mind,” sexual assertive “Do I Move You,” “Be My Husband” and vintage R&B “I Put a Spell on You” were perfect for conveying that attribute. They noticeably excited up the audience, evoking an onslaught of hooting and hollering from them.

Some of the more poignant and socially conscious by the High Priestess appeared in the later section of the tribute. They were gospel oriented and strongly sung “I Wish I Knew How it Feels to be Free,” Randy Newman’s “Baltimore” done rocking reggae style with backing singers, and “Shot Down” drew emotional crowd reactions. Even more audience reactive was Simone’s immortal “Four Women.” It featured each of the singers depicting a character, with Ledisi closing passionately as Peaches. Bringing the cross-section of Simone music to a close was the high-stepping gospel song “I’m Going Back Home.”

Overall, Simone is not easy to cover and was an independent artist long before the term became a badge of honor. She additionally was sensitive, sensual and poetic, but also unapologetically militant, feminist, political and very involved in the Civil Rights Movement of the ‘60s. All those latter traits severely hampered her career. Furthermore, bipolar bouts, temperamental flare-ups and abusive behavior consumed her, especially in her later years. She indeed was a complicated person, and so far no one has ambitiously stepped up to produce a dramatic portrayal.

Hollywood Bowl

Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns 
Tower of Power Smooth Summer Jazz
Aug 8

H.E.R. with the LA Phil
Aug 13-14

Club Quarantine Live
with D-Nice

Aug 29 

John Anson Ford Theatre

Aug 1

5th Annual Boleros De Noche Produced in partnership with Boleros de Noche
Aug 21

A Night of “Pinoy”tainment! Produced in partnership with LXV Enterprises
Aug 29

George Clinton on His Legacy, Discovering Bootsy Collins, and More

The Rolling Stone Interview

Adam Hawley
Live! Ep. 65 feat. Blair Bryant

Van Morrison
Live at Real Studios – Box England – 2021

Live at The Peach Music Festival 2021 (Full Set Video)

Kirk Franklin
Essence Fest


Hope Tala
Mad (Official Video)

Rider (Unplugged Live Performance)

Bootsy Collins
Bewise (FredWreck Remix) – Official TuohyThe Devil’s in New Orleans (Official Video)

Naia Izumi
Six Inch Stilettos (Official Video)

Rodrigo Amarante

Dr. John, members of Grateful Dead + more
Iko Iko Playing For Change | Song Around The World

Black Pumas
Sugar Man (Rodriguez Cover) (Official Live Session)

9 (Official Music Video)

Under Surveillance (Official Video)

Michael Franti & Spearhead
Sun and Moon (Official Video)

Durand Jones & The Indications
The Way That I Do (Official Video)

Santana, Diane Warren and G-Eazy
She’s Fire (Official Lyric Video)

Lydia Hol
Love & Devotion (Official Video)

Bite Me Bambi
Our Lips Are Sealed (The Go-Go’s Cover) Official Video

Breathe Fire (Official Music Video)

Jackie Venson and Band

The Los Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel began its Hollywood Bowl summer program, after an almost year and a half layoff, with a bang after COVID mandates were reduced. Although real 4th of July fireworks occurred 11 days earlier, featuring Viola Davis narrating Peter And The Wolf-Hollywood Bowl was dazzling concert on a variety of levels.

First and foremost, the composition written by Russian, Sergei Prokofiev in 1936 is one of the most popular pieces for orchestras worldwide. Secondly, the work is an excellent introduction to music for young people, due to the nursery tale storyline, and instruments representing each of the characters, including the dreaded wolf.

Third, Davis, though not demonstrative, injected attitude into the performance. The Oscar®Emmy®, and two-time Tony® winner was not the first woman, from a long list of actors, musicians and celebrities since 1939 to narrate Prokofiev’s work, but is probably the first African American.

Dudamel and orchestra, as would be expected were in excellent form. They stayed true to the composition and provided balance, by never being overly dynamic or diminished. Children in attendance were listening intently, while also moving or dancing about. Surprisingly, there was little noise or disturbances from them, as if knowing the concert was theirs. The opening program was Prokofiev’s very classical and courtly Symphony No. 1.

Significantly departing from traditional classical faire were selections honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Several selections from Montgomery Variations by African American composer, Margaret Allison Bonds, were majestic and poetic. They were homage to King’s legendary leadership during the pivotal Selma-to-Montgomery marches in 1965.

Bonds died in relative obscurity in1972. Her forgotten works have been recovered and recently performed, beginning in 2018. She was known for arranging spirituals, composing, and collaborating with Harlem Renaissance icon Langston Hughes. Ellington’s Three Black Kings: Martin Luther King, arranged by Terence Blanchard easily blended with Bonds’ compositions.

Dudamel described the connection to the works. “This is about struggle, suffering and to cross that path and arrive whole. This has been our life this year, we’ve crossed terrible difficulty and are still here.”


Kinga Glyk
Kemptener Jazzfrühling


Seafoam Walls

Live | AFROPUNK Miami Black Spring 2021 [Full Performance]


Steven Bernstein
Planet B

Rick Laird
R.I.P. February 5, 1941 – July 4, 2021

Jeremiah Cymerman
For As Long As Grass Grows (for Tony Scott)

Danielle Eva Schwob
Out of the Tunnel: II. Slow (Official Video)

The word world in blue colors and green colers
text the word preview

Summer @ The Wallis Presents Quattrosound

The ensemble is an engaging blend of jazz, rock and classical music and will be presented on The Wallis’ Outdoor Stage. The individual band members’ roots are from Japan, Mexico, Guatemala and The U.S.  The band also includes creative vocal arrangements reflecting their backgrounds. Equally adept at Bach, Led Zeppelin or Chick Corea, they play violin, cello, guitar and an eclectic selection of percussion instruments.

The group is “bursting with intellect, passion, and virtuosity, but sounds like nothing you’ve heard before.” Quattrosound features Leah Zeger (violin and vocals), Giovanna Moraga Clayton (cello and vocals), Kay-Ta Matsuno (guitar and vocals) and Jorge Villanueva (percussion and vocals). Individually, these accomplished musicians have played with such headliners as Bocelli, Barbra Streisand, Yo-Yo Ma, Annie Lennox, Michael Jackson, Layla Hathaway, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan, among many others.

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Summer @ The Wallis
August 25
8:00 pm
9390 N. Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Anoushka Shankar
Love Letters (Live from Purcell Room, Southbank Center)


Kailash & Don Carlos Pure Roots Dub Vision
Satta Massagana Right Vibes Fest

Marina Sena

Weedie Braimah
Djembe Kan Drum Solo

Reggae Night XIX Ziggy Marley
Wailing Souls
KCRW’s World Festival
Aug 1


Sergio Mendes
Blame It on Rio!
Aug 15


Aug 22


Carlos Vives with the LA Phil
Aug 27-28


Natan Y Shander
Ojos Cafe (Video Oficial)

Rebelution feat. Kabaka Pyramid
2020 Vision (Official Music Video


Gordan Koang
Coronavirus (Official Music Video)

Roda Quem Não Girar (Official MusicVideo)

Weedie Braimah
Djembe Kan Drum Solo
the word blues


Join Councilwoman Mary Zendejas and the Long Beach Blues Society for FREE Community Concerts! 

Key Event Sponsors:
-Councilwoman Mary Zendejas
-The RuMBa Foundation
-The Port of Long Beach
-Arts Council of Long Beach

Last Saturday of August
Cesar Chavez Park
401 Golden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

To RSVP go to:

Artist Lineup:
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Larkin Poe

Aki Kumar’s Bollywood Blues

Tia Carroll

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Nikki Hill

The Fremonts

Backtrack Blues Band

Tracy Lee Nelson (playing at the front gate 9:15 am)

San Diego Blues Festival

Sept 11


Embarcadero Marina Park North

Downtown San Diego Waterfront

400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101


Samantha Fish


Shemekia Copeland
Live at Briggs Farm Blues Fest July 10, 2021


Keb’ Mo’
Shelter in Place Sessions


Eric Gales
Smokestack Lightning – 7/2/21 The Ride Festival – Telluride, CO

Sidewalk Chicken (official video)

Amanda Ventura
The Way (Harmonica Blues Solo)

Samantha Fish
Twisted Ambition (Official Music Video)

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Tell The Truth (Official Music Video)


Stand For Myself (Live From Easy Eye Sound)

Tobacco Road Blues Band
Papa Legba Cross My Way

Los Lobos
Native Son (Official Music Video)

Text Special Mention

       Awakening was an interesting combination of original therapeutic poetry and musical selections performed by The Dream Alliance Ensemble. It consisted of Kenny Werner-piano/composer, Marco Pignataro-saxophone/poet/composer, Nadia Washington-vocals/guitar and Devon Gates bass/vocals. They were live-streamed in concert at the Fraser Performance Studio at WGBH in Boston, and hosted by its esteemed DJ Eric Jackson.

Washington did a spoken word intro for the Beatles “Because” and was joined by Gates for an a cappella beginning section. Werner and Pignataro came in little later to add glowing musical textures, and Washington inserted more spoken word lines. Maintaining the aura of the first piece, the pianist played his composition “Inspiration” solely, which segued into “Farfallina” beautifully adorned by ethereal vocals, saxophone and piano.

For a change of pace, Washington played guitar and sang pastoral “My Little Butterfly” with Gates also singing and playing bass. The other band members also contributed and soloed profoundly. Bass became more prominent for reflective “Alone Again Naturally,” as Washington resumed gracefully alternating between singing and spoken word for the poetic tune. It was nobly enhanced by Gates’ vocal harmonies, in addition to Werner and Pignataro’s stirring solos.

Another diversion came through Werner and Pignataro’s intro duet for the saxophonist’s “I Caught a Reflection of Me” prior to Washington’s enchanting words. Stevie Wonder’s “Send One Your Love” arranged by Pignataro and Washington melded perfectly into the program featuring light guitar and piano, along with backing vocals and a soprano sax solo.

Additionally, “Moon Threads” was instrumentally oriented with vocal choruses supporting. For “Stand By Me” (Charles Tindley’s gospel version) the final number, Gates was out front on vocals, plucking away on bass and backed by the other players. Afterwards the musicians answered questions from the chat line that focused on surviving COVID-13, inspiration for poems and compositions, bass playing and future recordings (concert was recorded, and will be produced later). For more info go to:

Janis Mann’s The Jazz Muse Concert Series made a celebratory return from COVID-19 and live performance restrictions to present Janis Mann and John Proulx – LIVE IN L.A.! The gig was at West LA’s legendary and historic Village Recording Studio. It combined the talents of Rob Lockart-sax/flute, Chris Colangelo-bass and Kendall Kay-drums, with vocalist/bandleader Mann and pianist/singer Proulx.
Mann, normally emotional and amusingly glib, understandably found it difficult to suppress her delight in doing her first LA live show, resulting in the two-set program lasting almost three hours. Coincidentally, the last pre-shutdown live show she did was also with Proulx. “Beautiful Love” somewhat of a Mann signature piece launched the concert and began as a forlorn duet with the pianist before the band stalwartly kicked in.

Other bandleader highlights, mostly love oriented, spotlighted her range and musical appetite. Among them were samba-tinged “A Time For Love” paying homage to Shirley Horne, Johnny Mandel, Alan and Marilyn Bergman’s “Where do You Start,” and bossa-flavored “Wild is The Wind” originally recorded by Johnny Mathis and accented by flute. Getting away from love was philosophical “Here’s to Life,” heply embellished by swinging piano and sax “Devil May Care,” and Joni Mitchell’s “Edith And The Kingpin” with soprano flourishing.

Proulx whose singing style slightly resembles Chet Baker showcased his well-covered slow-drawn ballad “Stuck in a Dream With You” that was accented by sax soloing. Bob Dorough slanted “Proulx Blues” was obviously bluesy with sax enhancing and the songwriter coolly scatting to enthrall the attendees.

Mann and Proulx did a very conversational “Sometimes I’m Happy” that was full of hip scatting and swinging, bolstered by sax, bass and piano soloing. They rendered Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” as a stirring duet with only Mann singing to impress the audience. In the final moments of the show “Killer Joe” and “That Old Devil Moon” were mashed with the singers intermingling and scatting as the audience helped out to provide additional variety.

Special guest Bill Lynch-guitarist/owner of The Write-Off Room sat in and wailed for blues vamping “I Don’t Want to Cry No More” with sax and piano also soloing mightily, while Mann layed down a bluesy grand finale. The guitarist returned for Screaming Jay Hawkin’s R&B immortal “I Put a Spell on You” and was equally compelling with Mann soaring and the band backing zealously. Lynch’s club moved to Studio City and will be reopening soon.

October 23
The Jazz Muse Concert Series At The Village presents
Janis Mann and Laurence Hobgood
Janis Mann – vocals
Laurence Hobgood – piano
Mike Gurrola – bass
Roy McCurdy – drums

For more info go to: and

Angela O’Neill and The Outrageou8 performing both live and live-stream for HOPE FLOATS Big Band Brunch at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s was perfect for shifting a newly reopened weekend into high gear. Jazz orchestra innovators Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton, along with incomparable vocal icons Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles, along with the American Songbook influence the octet, formed in 2017 and based in Burbank.

Those are high standards to aim for, but vocalist/bandleader O’Neill with Paul Litteral-trumpet/flugelhorn, Harry Smallenburg-trombone/arranger, Ron Cyger-alto sax, Sam Morgan-tenor-saxophone, Richard Walker-baritone sax/flute, Rocky Davis-pianist/arranger, Phil Romo-bass and Tony Pia-drums, along with singers Al (The Duke of Smooth) Timms, Jackie Gibson and Kathlyn Hopkins didn’t languish on technical aspects a lot. They instead focused on presenting an entertaining and lively show, and were ecstatic to be back performing for their fans and friends.

The bandleader vibrantly sang “Summertime” bolstered by a soaring trumpet solo and melodramatic brass choruses. Ballad “Come Rain or Come Shine” had the band down low and featured emotive singing for the interpretation. Additionally, the band showcased their cohesiveness and swung hard as O’Neill belted out “L-O-V-E,” “Hallelujah I Love (Him) So” with Hopkins and the band also doing the vocal chorus, and “Almost Like Being in Love.”

O’Neill and Hopkins sweetly fronted the group for easy-flowing classic “Sentimental Journey.” Later Hopkins returned on her own to pleasingly sing “Skylark” with the combo flourishing. Gibson cheerfully spiced up “It Might As Well Be Spring” with light Latin band flavoring. Timms hit the stage and rollicked with the musicians for “I’m Going to Live Till I Die,” claiming it was his new theme song, and also coolly sang “Come Fly With Me.”

Wrapping up the fast-paced show was non-standard, yet very fitting and superbly arranged “In a New York Minute” by Don Henley of the popular Eagles rock band. O’Neill introduced the song as a moment to honor all people who passed away from COVID-19 and tearfully mentioned a friend of the band. Angela O’Neill and The Outrageou8 will return to Feinstein’s at Vittello’s on August 29th. For more info go to:

Much like his debut 2015 three-disc album, every Kamasi Washington concert is Epic. At the Hollywood Bowl, the first of KCRW’s World Festival series, the saxophonist arrived on stage with his congregation of musicians. It included: Thundercat (Stephen Bruner)-electric bass/vocals, Miles Mosley-acoustic bass, Ronald Bruner, Jr.-drums, Tony Austin–drums, Cameron Graves-piano/keyboards, DJ Battlecat-turntables/effects, Dwight Trible-vocals, Ricky Washington-reeds/father, Patrice Quinn-vocals, Dontae Winslow-trumpet and Ryan Porter-trombone.

They produced dense waves of 21st century neo-bop that washed over the enthusiastic audience. Many of them were new to jazz, but totally into Washington—a true phenomenon. He does several things very well in that regard, speaks with ease to the audience, talks about his music with little ego and showcases many of his band members. On the other hand, there is no discounting the saxophonist’s talent and he definitely comes to play.

New tune “Drive” made its debut and melded traits of hard bop, Coltrane and ‘70s Mile Davis. The bandleader played muscularly and let trumpet and drums (Austin) intensely stretch out. “Truth” also launched at the Bowl, although a few years earlier, followed. Washington mentioned that being away from his music family for over a year made him realize even more truth’s importance and how the pursuit of it is crucial. Mosely fiercely played a solo intro with wah-wah effects and raucous bowing that eventually became an ethereal, yet also soulful anthem with the full band. Notably, it was greatly augmented by Quinn and Trible’s celestial choruses.

The saxophonist credited Thundercat for actually starting the West Coast Get Down Movement by being the first of the collective to make a record, along with DJ Battlecat. That led to them and percussion being featured during futuristic space jaunt “Re-Run.” Washington also informed the audience that his less than a year-old daughter was at the Bowl. It notably was her first concert and the saxophonist debuted “Sun Kissed Child” in her honor. Adorning it was her grandfather playing lavish flute, Trible’s heated chants and Quinn’s regal singing.

The bandleader still had more surprises for the audience, bringing longtime associate and Herbie Hancock sideman, saxophonist Terrace Martin to the stage. He introduced rappers G PericoDaylytPromise and Mike Holden to intensely propel protest number “Pig Feet.” The MCs put hip-hop front and center, and coolly meshed with Washington’s assaulting jazz. Afterwards, the saxophonist showcased “Announcement” from the score he created for Director Nadia Hallgren’s documentary linked to Michelle Obama’s 2018 memoir Becoming.

The final and most unanticipated bonus was bassist Robert Trujillo and guitarist Kirk Hammett from heavy metal superstar band Metallica joining the ensemble for “My Friend of Misery.” The extensive jam with the guests rocking away is part of upcoming The Metallica Blacklist. The project is a mega compilation incorporating 53 artists’ contributions from different genres and cultures, including Washington. Amazingly, the bandleader and ensemble still had plenty of energy. They finished with militant anthem “Fist of Fury,” richly garnered by synthesizer and Quinn. MC Earl Sweatshirt and backing band opened the concert.

Ben Scholz Episode 4: Kendall Carter


Bill Frisell Trio featuring Rudy Royston-drums, Thomas Morgan-bass

Arts Center at Duck Creek

Kandace Springs Trio featuring Caylen Bryant-bass and vocals Taylor Moore-drums and vocals
Library of Congress

Emmet Cohen Trio w/Benny Golson Part 1


Sting | Sanborn
Remote Session 5


Samara Joy

Stardust (Official Video)

WDR BIG BAND feat. Andrea Motis
Señor Blues

Emmet Cohen w/ Christian McBride, Marcus Strickland, and Giveton Gelin

Andrea Motis, Chad LB and the Global Big Band
Waters of March


July 30-Aug 1     Kurt Elling with John Beasley’s MONK’estra Trio

Aug 5                    Let’s Get Down Tonight! feat Johnny BRITT

Aug 6-7                 Jane MONHEIT Band

Aug 8                          Linda & Tedd FIRTH … Songs For A

Aug 9                    Jeff HAMILTON, Tamir HENDELMAN, Jon 
                              HAMAR Trio

Aug 12                  Celebrate Lynne’s (Fiddmont) Birthday!

Aug 13                  Tammy McCANN feat: John CLAYTON (bass),
Fareed FAQUE (guitar), Tamir HENDELMAN 

                              (piano) and Clayton CAMERON (drums)

Aug 14                 Don MOST “Mostly Swinging” Musical Director: 
                             Willie Murillo (trumpet)

Aug 15                 SUNDAY FUNDAY with Angela O’NEILL 
                             and the Outrageous8 Special guests: Jackie Gibson, Al Timms and more

Aug 18                 Elijah Rock – “Matters of The Heart” Album Release Party

Aug 19                 Amber WEEKES & Trio Tateng Katindig (piano) and Richard Simon (bass)

Aug 20                 Dave DAMIANI’s Birthday Bash “Midlife Crisis” with Special

Aug 21                Gordon GOODWIN’s Big Phat Band

Aug 22                 Paris Chansons presents: “From Paris with Love!”

Aug 25                David GARFIELD  “Jazz Outside The Box” (Funk

                             /Jazz/Latin) feat: Eric Marienthal, John Pena & Gary Novak

Aug 26-29            John PIZZARELLI Trio

6725 West Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood California 90028
Phone: (323) 466-2210

Aug 4                      Logan Kane Band

Aug 5                      Vardan Ovsepian duo with Maksim Velichkin

Aug 6-7                   Russell Ferrante Trio nights

Aug 10                     Weather Forecast – A Tribute to Weather Report
                                (Second Home Hollywood)

Sam First
6171 W. Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Second Home Hollywood
1370 N St Andrews Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Aug 4                        Pandemonium Big Band

Aug 5                        LIVESTREAM: Discover The Funny Comedy Show

Aug 6                        Wendy Liebman’s Locally Grown Comedy

Aug 7                        LIVESTREAM: NUTTY – “Classic rock, all jazzed up”

Aug 7                        LIVESTREAM: Sonny Moon “Nutty” – Encore Room Interview

Aug 8                        The Texas Tenors’ MARCUS COLLINS Live in Concert

Aug 11                       LIVESTREAM: Teryn Ré Big Band

Aug 13                       Mon David + Josh Nelson: DNA

Aug 14                       Carlie Craig: Emotional Rollercoaster!

Aug 15                       Swingin’ With The Mouse

Aug 18                       mostly(NEW)musicals: Millennials Are Killing

Aug 19                       The YAYennings Quartet

Aug 20                       Mark Winkler and Dolores Scozzesi

Aug 21                       LIVESTREAM: John Lloyd Young – Reunions

Aug 21                       LIVESTREAM: John Lloyd Young – The Encore  Room Interview

Aug 22                       Lisa Donahey – “A Summer Night of Soul”

Aug 24                       Sip & Savor: “A New Beginning” Vitello’s Wine Tasting Event

Aug 26                       Aaron Akins

Aug 27                       Aquarius

Aug 29                       Angela O’Neill and The Outrageous 8 – BIG BAND BRUNCH

Feinstein’s At Vitello’s
4349 Tujunga Avenue,
Studio City, CA 91604

Aug 1                           LOS ANGELES JAZZ QUARTET

Aug 3                           JAVO BARRERA POWER TRIO
Matt Rohde …KEYS
Anthony Crawford …BASS
Javo Barrera …DRUMS

Aug 4                           CHEF DAVE’S ALL-STAR BAND

August 6                     DEAN BROWN BAND

Aug 7                           Don Randi & Quest
Don Randi On Keyboards
Bernie Dresel On Drums
Jerry Watts On Bass
John DePatie On Guitar
Peter Korpela On Perc.

Aug 8                           WEBB & BINNEY SAXOPHONES
Doug Webb …Sax
Dave Binney …Sax
Logan Kane …Bass
Abe Lagrimas …Drums
Mitch Forman …Keys

Aug 10                       GROOVE LEGACY
Paulie Cerra -Tenor Sax
Chris Johnson – trombone
Sam Meek -guitar
Travis Carlton -Bass
Gary Novak – drums
Bill Steinway-keys

Aug 11                       SCOTT KINSEY GROUP
Bob Reynolds — saxophones
Jimmy Earl — electric bass
Ron Bruner Jr — Drums

Aug 12                       BOB REYNOLDS GROUP
Bob Reynolds – saxophone
Ruslan Sirota – keys
Janek Gwizdala – bass
Gene Coye – drums

Aug 13                       JEFF LORBER FUSION

Aug 14                       RAFAEL MOREIRA BAND

Aug 15                     The Lineage Trio + MANN
Graham Dechter – Guitar
Alex Frank – Bass
Ryan Shaw – Drums
Plus Jacob Mann – Keys

Aug 17                  Excursion
Peter Deneff – Keyboards
Vik Momjian – Bass
Dimitri Matsis – Drums
Robert Kyle – sax

Aug 19                  CHRIS STANDRING
Chris Standring: Guitar
Rodney Lee: Keyboards
Andre Berry: Bass
Arthur Thompson: Drums

Aug 20                   MITCH FORMAN REAL ALLSTARS

Jerry Vivino… sax/vocals
Andy Langham…keys
Bernie Dresel…drums
John Leftwich …bass
Plus Special Guest…

Aug 22                  JUSTIN SHULTZ

Aug 24                  The ODD DOGS

Aug 25                  JOSH SMITH BURNIN’ BLUES

Aug 27                  TIZER

Aug 28                  OZ NOY TRIO

Aug 29                  EKROTH.. NOVAK.. CARLTON..

Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604

Welcome to The Baked Potato

Aug 1                        Freddie Ravel

Aug 4                        Angel Town Combo featuring Liela Avila

Aug 5                        Barbara Morrison

Aug 6                        Kleber Jorge

Aug 7                        Amanda Castro

Aug 8                        Terry Wollman with Special Guest Melanie Taylor

Aug 11                      Dear Amy

Aug12                       Parlor Social

Aug 13                     Luke Carlsen

Aug 14                     Tony Guererro Septet

Aug 15                     Fisher & Thames

Aug 18                     Paris Chansons

Aug 19                    The Cookies

Aug 20                    Janis Mann

Aug 21                    Lia Booth

Aug 22                    Wes Ritenour featuring Special Guest

Aug 25                    Frank Stallone

Aug 26                    West Coast Jazz Hour Big Band with special guest                                                            Melissa Morgan

Aug 27                    Bill Cantos

Aug 28                    Brazilian jazz

Aug 29                   The Yellowjackets

Vibrato Grill Jazz
2930 Beverly Glen Circle
Los Angeles, CA 90077
(310) 474-9400

Aug 18                   Taylor Eigsti @ Mr Musichead Gallery

Mr Musichead
7420 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046


Jazz Bakery
Instagram Live Friday

Aug 6-7                  Meklit

Aug 13-14              Habib Koité

Aug 20-21              Goran Bregović & His Wedding And Funeral                                                                                         Orchestra
Aug 27-28              SFJAZZ Collective

201 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

1728 San Pablo Ave Oakland, CA 94612

Aug 3                     ETHAN PHILION TRIO
Ethan Philion – Bass/Compositions
Michael Allemana – Guitar
Ben Lewis – Piano

Aug 4                     JAZZ RECORD ART COLLECTIVE 
Trumpets: Roger Ingram, James Davis, Nick Sednew, Andrew Hansen
Saxophones: Corbin Andrick, Brent Griffin Jr., Alex Beltran , Bill Overton, Jacob Slocum
Trombones: Luke Malewicz , Raphael Crawford, Andrew Zelm, John Blane
Andrew Lawrence – Piano
Terry Bartolotta – Guitar
Brian Courage – Bass
Lucas Gillan – Drums

Aug 5                     ILLEGAL SMILE ORGAN TRIO
Casey Nielsen – Guitar
Dan Chase – Organ
Lucas Gillan – Drums

Aug 10                  PAUL PERRILLES TRIO
Julius Tucker- Piano
Ethan Philion- Bass
Paul Perrilles- Drums
                             GWEN’S PAT METHENY PROJECT
Aimee Nawrocki – Guitar
Juliette Gardiner – Trumpet
Trevor Hill- Sax
Vinny Kabat – Bass
TJ Thompson – Drums

Aug 11                 GABRIELLA ALLEMANA
Gabrielle Allemana – Guitar/Vocals
Mike Allemana – Guitar
Matt Ferguson – Bass
Gerald Dowd – Drums

AUG. 12                JAZZ RECORD ART COLLECTIVE (rescheduled from Oct. 22 and Jan 14)
                              KATHERINE ANDRICK GROUP perform MANHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA’s
Katherine Andrick – Violin
Zoey Smulewitz – Guitar
Paul Mutzabaugh – Keys
Chris Clemente – Bass
Frank Alongi – Drums

Aug 16                  GREG WAHL QUARTET
Greg Wahl – Sax
Matt Gold – Guitar
Matt Ulery – Bass
Andrew Green – Drums

Aug 17                  BEN DILLINGER TRIO
Ben Dillinger – Bass
Angelo Hart – Piano
Tommaso Moretti – Drums

Aug 18                  JAZZ RECORD ART COLLECTIVE
                                                      perform STEELY DAN’s 1980 release
Neil Carson – Sax, Lead Vocals
Kathryn Lachey – Vocals
Maggie Vagle – Vocals
Constantine Alexander – Trumpet
Corbin Andrick – Tenor Sax
Jeff Livorsi – Trombone
Dan Burke – Bari/Tenor Sax
Zoey Witz – Guitar
Brandon Hunt – Guitar
Paul Mutzabaugh – Keyboard
Andrew Lawrence – Keyboard
Andrew Vogt – Bass
Zack Marks – Drums
Jonathan Marks – Percussion

Aug 19                 GRAND LARSOMM TRIO
Adam Larson – Sax
Clark Sommers – Bass
Dana Hall – Drums

Aug 22                 JOE CLARK BIG BAND
Saxophones: Anthony Bruno, Brent Griffin , Chris                                              Madsen , Alex Beltran , Rajiv Halim
Trumpets, Chuck Parrish, Marques Carroll, Constantine                                     Alexander, Quentin Coaxum
Trombones:  Raphael Crawford, Chis Shuttleworth, Catie                            Hickey, Tom Matta
Brandon Hunt, – Guitar
Julius Tucker – Piano
Clark Summers – Bass
Keith Brooks – Drums

Aug 24                 DALAWARI/SUNDTROM QUINTET
Kabir Dalawari – Drums
Jack Sundstrom – Bass

Joel Baer – Drums/Leader
Chris Parsons – Guitar/Leader
Trumpet – Adam Roebuck, Jon Rarick, John Dorhauer,                                     Chuck Parrish
Saxophone – Matt Zmuda, Natalie Scharf, Tom Zimny,                                     Mark Colby, Rajiv Halim
Trombone – Josh Torrey, Ryan Christianson, Conner                                     Eisenmenger, Nick Roach
Dan Parker – Bass
Brad MacDonald – Piano

Aug 26                 MARQUES CARROLL ‘s TRUMPET SUMMIT
Marques Carroll – Trumpet
Quentin Coaxum – Trumpet
Victor Garcia – Trumpet
Amr Fahmy – Piano
Christian Dillingham – Bass
Isaiah Spencer – Drums

Aug 31-Sept 5          JAZZ RECORD ART COLLECTIVE 
Lineup and Albums TBA

Fulton Street Collective
1821 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago IL, 60622

Multi-Grammy Award Winner Marcus Miller and Entertainment Cruise Productions Launch New Original Streaming Concert Series
Saturday Night with Marcus Miller & Friends, with the Iconic George Benson as a Special Guest and Guest Bandmembers Patrice Rushen and Joey DeFrancesco

Village Vanguard
Concerts available on demand

107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY, 10002

Van Gelder Studio, the legendary recording studio home to hundreds of jazz icons from John Coltrane to Herbie Hancock, has announced the launch of “Live from Van Gelder Studio,” a new virtual music series that will stream live from

Live from Van Gelder Studio is expected to continue through 2021 with a 10-show immersive and interactive program. The series will feature talent from original seminal recordings joined by multi-generational artists who will pay tribute to important records that were originally put to tape within the four walls of the studio. Tickets can be purchased directly on the site for $15. 2021 shows will be announced in the near future.

Performances will be live streamed using a new technology built from the ground up that is true to the Rudy Van Gelder sound. It will allow audiences to fully experience the unique studio and its sound in their homes. Upcoming experiences will be crafted to make the audience and musicians feel like they are at an actual live performance.

Live from Van Gelder Studio is created and produced by a team of jazz industry veterans including:

• Five-time Grammy Award-winner Don Sickler, who produced many  Van Gelder-recorded artists including Joe Henderson, Freddie  Hubbard and Cindy Blackman Santana.
• Phil Coady, producer of The Ultimate Blue Train, which was created while he was the lead producer in the Microsoft MS4Music Group and where he and Van Gelder first connected.
• Sam Kaufman, who as a talent agent worked with Van Gelder-recorded artists including Ray Charles, Pharoah Sanders and Jason Moran.
• Maureen Sickler, distinguished associate and long-time assistant engineer for Van Gelder, who now carries on the traditions forged in their 30+ year collaboration.

Live from Van Gelder Studio

Adam Hawley 
Back on FB Live: Adam will be back at the same time, same place this Mondays at 7pm PST/10pm EST.  He’ll be back with your requests, do another show-and-tell on his studio and recording process, and we’ll definitely see an encore performance from his wife and vocalist extraordinaire Kat Hawley.
Just go to his Facebook page!

Jazz, Soul, Funk & World Music
During the entire quarantine period, Qwest TV also broadcasts a flagship program from its catalog every day at 9pm (CET) / 3pm (EST), available from the platform’s Facebook and YouTube accounts. Among the Qwest TV gems, Internet users will discover next week:
For more information on Qwest TV, visit

Jazz on the Tube 

Provides five free services:

1. A searchable archive of thousands of carefully hand picked and annotated jazz videos

2. A free Video-of-the-Day service. Love jazz? We deliver a great jazz video to your mailbox every day. You can subscribe here free.

3. The Internet’s only free up-to-date world-wide directory of jazz clubs, jazz festivals, jazz radio stations, and jazz organizations.

4. A podcast series, unique in jazz, that features in-depth interviews on the history – and future – of jazz with jazz scholars, educators, and presenters.

5. One of the most detailed educational resources available anywhere on the music of Cuba and other Latin countries and their under reported, and often under appreciated, impact on jazz past, present and future.


Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
What is Jazz Concert Presentation

New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation Departments feature an array of livestream and virtual concerts

Music Habit

My Music Master Class

Every August, the VJC’s Summer Jazz Workshop hosts multi-generational participants from around the world for an intense week of study.

This year, the VJC will celebrate its 46th season by providing an online program from August 9-13th for wind players, vocalists and guitarists and an in-person program for pianists at the Brattleboro Music Center during the same time frame. World-class faculty encourage and support the musical development of each participant by utilizing a teaching style based on positive reinforcement.

Piano: Zaccai Curtis, Ray Gallon, & Eugene Uman
Woodwinds: Camille Thurman
Vocal: NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan & Jay Clayton
Guitar: Freddie Bryant

Jazz Education Network
1440 W Taylor St #1135
Chicago, IL 60607
United States

January 5-8, 2022
 • Dallas, TX


Guitar legend Kenny Burrell took a fall two years ago. He is still recovering and on sabbatical from UCLA. Essentially, he is still unable to play and/or teach. Help is needed and welcomed. Here’s the link for donations setup by his wife Katherine:

Singer/lyricist/pianist Dave Frishberg is not doing well at all. If you who have enjoyed the gift of Dave’s music, please feel inspired to help him now that he needs it.


1000 Watts aims to raise $100K through sale of 1000 artworks created as musicians improvise, captured on film by legendary photographer/filmmaker Danny Clinch – funds to be distributed to jazz artists in need.

1000W is a multi-dimensional project that centers on 1000 ink washes, painted with Japanese Sumi ink and water on paper. They will be released in five series of 200. The first two hundred are available now. Each series will include a few curated groups. 1-200 features a group of four, two groups of twelve, and a group of thirty. A short digital film capturing the painting of each group will be included with the purchase. The films will be scored by jazz trumpeter Antoine Drye. Drye is a creative partner on the project, as the ink washes are created in conversation with improvisational jazz. The interaction between the painter and an assemblage of featured musicians, curated by and including Drye, will be featured in live performances of 1000W.

Footage of an overhead camera capturing the works as they are created will be projected for the artists and the audience to see. Each artist’s work informs the other. The music and the art are created in real-time, in the same moment. A film, produced and directed by Danny Clinch, will chronicle the entirety of the project. Clinch will draw from the overhead footage, live performances, and studio visits. In addition to the film, an album featuring the music produced in these sessions will be released at the conclusion of 1000W. 1000W seeks to raise $100,000 for the jazz community, which has been especially hard hit during the Covid pandemic with the prolonged closure of most live performance venues. $100 from the purchase of each painting will go directly to musicians in the jazz community.

Bruce Forman, John Clayton, and Jeff Hamilton record their mentor’s original instruments!
Reunion: Revisiting The Poll Winners!

DENISE PERRIER (The Voice With a Heart)
After a 60-plus yeer career that took her around the country and the world, Denise is producing a “legacy” album. It will include songs that have been especially important in her life. Denise hopes to have the CD finished this summer. We will keep you in the loop and please accept our sincerest thanks for helping.

To finance the project, several of her friends and colleages have set up a GoFundMe account with a $10,000 goal. If you would like to contribute, please go to
To send a check, please contact Catherine:
For more info:

Under director of music programs Mitch GlickmanJazz at LACMA and Beyond Symphonic Jazz are celebrations of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians and has featured such legends as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Johnny Mandel, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, and Ernie Watts. Jazz at LACMA concerts are broadcast on KJazz 88.1 FM every Sunday evening from 7-9 pm that includes an interview with the featured performer and Beyond Symphonic Jazz every Monday 9- 11 pm. The archives are available for two weeks following the broadcast.

August Special Guests for JAZZ AT LACMA

Aug 1                      Zane Carney Quartet
Aug 8                      Clayton Cameron Quartet
Aug 15                    Mark Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne
Aug 22                    Billy Childs Quartet
Aug 29                    Rumproller Organ Trio and Special Guests

August Special Guests for Beyond Symphonic Jazz

Aug 2                     Ron Carter
Aug 9                     Morrison
Aug 16                   Lara Downes
Aug 23                   Alex Acuña
Aug 30                   Byron Olson

For more info go to:



Seeking actor-musicians! Union & non-union welcome!

To submit for main roles, email headshot/resume


Shoots 8/23 – 8/27 in Los Angeles.

Rate: Deferred+ copy/credit/meals, SAG-AFTRA Student Film Agreement.

Folsom is about a college musician who is put onto a jazz piece with his  recent ex-girlfriend musician for an upcoming competition, but the two are still reeling from the breakup.


[FRANCIS] 18 to 22 years old, all ethnicities male. College-aged. Francis is introverted in most social situations, but opens up to those he is familiar with. He has a very practical approach to life, but is sentimental towards things that he has an emotional attachment towards. Seeking strong actors. Is an adept trumpet player, mostly in jazz. MUST BE ABLE TO PLAY THE TRUMPET- PLEASE NOTE TRUMPET ABILITY IN SUBMISSION TO BE CONSIDERED. LEAD, works 5 days.

[LANI] 18 to 22 years old, all ethnicities female. College-aged. Lani has a passionate and motivated personality when it comes to music and her career. She retreats into a softer, empathetic personality when she’s alone. Seeking strong actors. She is a talented saxophone player in jazz music. MUST BE ABLE TO PLAY THE ALTO SAXOPHONE and/or TENOR SAXOPHONE- PLEASE NOTE SAXOPHONE ABILITY IN SUBMISSIONTO BECONSIDERED. LEAD, works 5 days.

[MAZZ] 55 to 65 years old, all ethnicities male. Mazz comes across as a stern instructor, which can cause students to shy away from seeking help. Upon seeing willingness and effort to learn from his pupils, however, he teaches them with compassion and gracefully due to his extensive background in music. MUST BE ABLE TO PLAY UPRIGHT/DOUBLE BASS- PLEASE NOTE UPRIGHT/DOUBLE BASS ABILITY IN SUBMISSION TO BE CONSIDERED. SUPPORTING, works 3 days.

[SECOND TRUMPET] 18 to 22 years old, all ethnicities male. College-aged. He comes off as more sociable and friendly, with a demeanor that is comforting and inviting. MUST BE ABLE TOPLAY TRUMPET- PLEASE NOTE TRUMPET ABILITY IN SUBMISSIONTO BE CONSIDERED. SUPPORTING, works 2 days.

BACKGROUND ROLES: College-aged jazz musicians who play: trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, percussions/drums, bass, or guitar. Email headshot/resume to: to submit for background roles!


Photo Flux: Unshuttering LA and Getty Unshuttered

Even though photography is so accessible today, images of people of color have historically played on negative stereotypes and fixed identities. In the exhibition Photo Flux: Unshuttering LA, consist of 35 Los Angeles–based artists—primarily artists of color—shake up the field, highlighting their personal narratives, aesthetics, and identities. In the podcast episode, Photo Flux curator Jill Moniz discusses the exhibition and Getty head of education Keishia Gu offers her perspective on the Getty Unshuttered program, the origin of some of the exhibition’s works. May 25–Oct 10, 2021 at the Getty Center. For more info go to:

In Focus: Protest

This exhibition of 23 images and photos made during periods of social struggle in the United States is from 1944 Mazanar to 2021. It highlights the myriad roles protest, from Women’s Movement, Civil Rights, Vietnam and a Robert Mapelthorpe photograph. Collectively, they play a part in shaping our understanding of American life. Runs from June 29–October 10, 2021 at the Getty Center. For more info go to:

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