Tag: jazz

Laura Mvula | El Rey Theatre | 9/17/13

I remember the day I first heard Laura Mvula sing (January 18th, 2013) because I was so amazed by what I heard that I immediately posted a blog entry about it. I kept an eye (and ear) on her music and would post additional blog entries about some of her other songs (“That’s Alright” and “Jump Right Out”) because I was enthralled with her sound and excited about … Read More Laura Mvula | El Rey Theatre | 9/17/13

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue | Twilight Concert Series | August 29, 2013

The first time I heard of Trombone Shorty, he was a recurring character on the HBO Series “Treme”. At first I thought he was fictional character, but as I did more research on the music played in the show, I discovered that he was, in fact, a highly acclaimed trumpet and trombone player who grew up a child prodigy from a musical family. I can … Read More Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue | Twilight Concert Series | August 29, 2013

Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band |Burton W. Chace Park | August 17, 2013

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, if you haven’t been taking advantage of the free summer concerts available in your neck of the woods, you’re probably missing out. On August 17, 2013, I had the chance to see Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band, play a one and half hour concert at Burton W. Chace Park in Marina del Rey, and it was … Read More Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band |Burton W. Chace Park | August 17, 2013

In Memoriam | Lena Horne | 1917-2010

On May 9, 2010, Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, professionally known as Lena Horne, passed away.  A talented actress, engaged social activist, and sublime vocalist, Lena Horne was one of the first female jazz vocalists that I fell in love with. I got introduced to Jazz music in middle school at the same time I delved into musical theater.  There was a musical called “Show Boat” (a … Read More In Memoriam | Lena Horne | 1917-2010

Laura Mvula | “That’s Alright” (Video and Lyrics)

2013 may very well be a GREAT year for new female vocalists.  I’ve already been smitten by Nai Palm, the lead singer of Hiatus Kaiyote … and now Laura Mvula is looking to squeeze her way into my heart as well. My interest in Laura Mvula had already been stirring and I’ve posted short blog entries about her songs “Jump Right Out” and “She”, but she just release a new … Read More Laura Mvula | “That’s Alright” (Video and Lyrics)

Music Treasure: Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

I had purchased a ticket to see a show at The Roxy on December 29th, 2012 that was titled “Bizarre Ride Live” at the suggestion of a friend.  He told me that it was a performance of The Pharcyde’s “Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde” by two of the original members (Phatlip and Slim Kid 3) and others. Earlier in the day, on a whim, … Read More Music Treasure: Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

Nai Palm & Hiatus Kaiyote: Australian Soul

[If you want to read about their show that “blew my mind” click here] Sometimes you can’t find soul. Soul finds you. Apparently it found a group of talented musicians in Australia. Last weekend I went to see Jose James at the Del Monte Speakeasy. I bought tickets for that show online on the venue’s website a few months ago.  I noticed that there was a … Read More Nai Palm & Hiatus Kaiyote: Australian Soul

Jose James | The Del Monte Speakeasy | 3/13/13

Earlier this year, a friend of mine posted a video clip on Facebook of a performance by a singer named Jose James. I liked what I heard, and started googling him and his music.  When I stumbled upon his amazing cover of Freestyle Fellowship’s “Park Bench People”, I nearly lost my mind.  I mean, I grew up with “Innercity Griots”, and I have always preached how that … Read More Jose James | The Del Monte Speakeasy | 3/13/13

Orange Tulip Conspiracy | El Cid | 2/22/13

Had I been born in a different era, I would have probably spent my evenings sitting in the corner of a small jazz club, dressed in black, lighting up cigarettes and sipping on some scotch while letting the sounds of Duke, Miles or Coltrane take me away.  These days it’s hard enough to find a good jazz club, let alone smoke in a venue. … Read More Orange Tulip Conspiracy | El Cid | 2/22/13

In Memoriam | Ernie K-Doe | 1936-2001 | How I Was Introduced to “The Emperor of the Universe”

There’s so much music out there these days that unless by some divine intervention, you may never hear some of the best music that’s ever been recorded.  If it weren’t for a bachelor party down in New Orleans, I probably would have never heard of Ernest Kador, Jr. (February 22, 1936 – July 5, 2001), professionally known as Ernie K-Doe. It’s been a few years so I … Read More In Memoriam | Ernie K-Doe | 1936-2001 | How I Was Introduced to “The Emperor of the Universe”

In Memoriam | Nina Simone | 1933-2003

On this day, February 21, 1933, Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known as Nina Simone, was born.  Below are videos of her performing live some of my favorite songs from her catalog. 1.  “Black is the Colour (Of My True Love’s Hair)”  2. “I Loves You, Porgy”  3. “Backlash Blues” (Written by Langston Hughes)  4. “I Put A Spell On You”  I was able to find a recording … Read More In Memoriam | Nina Simone | 1933-2003

Album Review: Alphonso Johnson’s “Yesterday’s Dreams”

Hardly known, and often overlooked, Alphonso Johnson was an electric bass player of the highest order in the 70s. He has played alongside some jazz music’s greats, including, Horace Silver, Woody Herman, Chuck Mangione, and Chet Baker. His popularity rose to its heights during the late 70’s had was able to record solo albums while simultaneously playing Weather Report. “Yesterday’s Dream” epitomizes Alphoso Johnson’s … Read More Album Review: Alphonso Johnson’s “Yesterday’s Dreams”