December 8, 2017

L.A. previews December 8-14: Bennie Maupin, Virgin of Guadalupe pageant, John McLaughlin, Charlie Hunter, Albert Lee, Elliott Caine, Wvrm, Ellen Burr, Darkest Hour, Mike Stern.

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Ponderillo: The Virgin of Guadalupe.

As Catholics celebrate the Dec. 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the Dec. 9-12 anniversary of Our Lady of Guadalupe's appearances in 1531, let's consider the ways we honor our goddesses.

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November 23, 2017

Usage: Chick Hearn's "No harm, no foul."

At the 101st birthday (Nov. 27) of sports' jazziest announcer, I take the opportunity to support the late Chick Hearn's legacy with a correction. His classic "No harm, no foul" is almost always misused by others.

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November 16, 2017

Live review: Eddie Palmieri at Luckman Theater, November 11.

Although the great Latin-jazz pianist-bandleader Eddie Palmieri claimed his band had to drag him out of retirement for an 80th birthday tour, he seemed to require little urging.

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November 9, 2017

MetalJazz record roundup: Black Country Communion, The Darkness, Cheap Trick, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse, Wadada Leo Smith, Adam Rudolph, Carlos NiƱo, Larry Ochs.

Nine new birds, not all orange.

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November 1, 2017

Photo: Lucky Hat.


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October 26, 2017

Sports: "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" as Dodgers theme song.

Congratulations to the mastermind who chose "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" to blast as the Los Angeles Dodgers ran onto their home field, launching the 2017 World Series.

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October 19, 2017

Ponderation: Marilyn Manson, "Heaven Upside Down" (Loma Vista)

This one sucks you in. And reminds us why Marilyn Manson remains the poet of our time.

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October 10, 2017

Live review: Go: Organic Orchestra, Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures at REDCAT, October 7 (Angel City Jazz Fest).

An eve of Adam.

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October 9, 2017

Live review: Dan Weiss Metal Jazz Quintet, Burning Ghosts at Zebulon, October 5 (Angel City Jazz Fest).

Metal and jazz, Dodgers and Yankees.

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