January 12, 2018

L.A. previews January 12-18: Chris Williams, Nels & Alex Cline, Nick Mancini, Nolan Shaheed, Elliott Caine, Dwight Trible celebrates Dr. King, Monty Alexander, Marilyn Manson, Joe Perry, Nathan Hubbard, Franklin Bruno.

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January 5, 2018

Scene: Bourbon Street, rootless in Xmastide.

You can't tip every musician on Bourbon Street. You must discriminate, even during the lavish holidays.

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December 20, 2017

Live review: Mike Stern Quartet plus Leni Stern at Catalina's, December 17.

Mike Stern holds his guitar in that S-curve posture like a rocker, of course he does.

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December 12, 2017

Scene: Elliott Caine Quartet at Colombo's, December 10.

There's a difference between a throwback and a classic; it's the difference between nostalgia and discrimination. Elliott Caine's twice-a-month jazz cushioning at Colombo's steakhouse in Eagle Rock provides an opportunity to dig the distinction.

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December 8, 2017

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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