Musical Theatre: “A Night With Janis Joplin” at the Pasadena Playhouse

By Mike Finkelstein If you have even a kernel of curiosity about the legend of Janis Joplin or if you simply want to see some great rock-related live musical theater, you will want to get to the Pasadena Playhouse and see A Night with Janis Joplin before it closes on August 23. Putting this production… Read More Musical Theatre: “A Night With Janis Joplin” at the Pasadena Playhouse

Blues CD Reviews: “Saturday Night in Shankletown” and “Mean Streets”

Saturday Night in Shankletown and Mean Streets (Catbone Records) By Brian Arsenault About the time  the sax solo began on James Cotton’s slow song of pain from lost love, “Jelly Jelly,” I decided I really like this CD.  I was already pretty much there from the bouncing Billy Boy Arnold “El Dorado,” a roadhouse dance… Read More Blues CD Reviews: “Saturday Night in Shankletown” and “Mean Streets”

Blues CD Review: Marty Grebb’s “High Steppin'”

Marty Grebb High Steppin’  (Luna Chica)                                 By Devon Wendell As is the case with many of the most talented artists, Marty Grebb is a household name among mostly the top and more well known musicians — most of whom he’s played with as a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer over the past four decades —… Read More Blues CD Review: Marty Grebb’s “High Steppin'”

Live Jazz: The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (Day 2)

By Michael Katz Saturday afternoon will long be remembered for Trombone Shorty’s march on Monterey. To say he stole the show doesn’t do him justice. It’s like calling Gen. Sherman a cat burgler. But I’ll try and set the stage, as the afternoon started innocently enough… JOHN FIRMIN & THE NOCTURNE BAND I always try… Read More Live Jazz: The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (Day 2)