Picks of the Week: July 30 – Aug 4

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 31. (Wed.)  Props to Pops: Dr. John’s Tribute to Louis Armstrong. An entertaining blend of old and new jazz, tinged with a New Orleans touch.  Featured guests include Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard, Arturo Sandoval and more.  The Hollywood Bowl.   (323) 850-2000. – July 31. (Wed.)  Tom Ranier… Read More Picks of the Week: July 30 – Aug 4

CD Reviews: The Temptations and the Supremes

The Temptations 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961-1971 (3 CDs) (Motown) Diana Ross and the Supremes 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961 – 1969 (3 CDs) (Motown) by Brian Arsenault If you are old enough to remember, you know how good this music is.  The close harmonies, the lyrics of love and betrayal, the emergence… Read More CD Reviews: The Temptations and the Supremes

Konik’s Commentary: “Jazz Is Dead, Part 2: Performing Artists”

By Michael Konik We’ve previously discussed how poor programming choices on jazz radio are unintentionally sabotaging the medium’s noble mission to “keep jazz alive.” But terrestrial radio, an increasingly irrelevant distribution channel in the age of the Internet and satellites, isn’t the only culprit in our music’s alleged “death.” Some of jazz’s most effective assassins… Read More Konik’s Commentary: “Jazz Is Dead, Part 2: Performing Artists”