2014 Remembered: The Down Slope of the Rockers Curve

By Mike Finkelstein In the beginning of Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, Robbie Robertson explains that The Band will retire from the road perhaps due to superstition but certainly because it is a “God damned impossible way of life.” This was in 1976 and though they were all young men at the time, it was… Read More 2014 Remembered: The Down Slope of the Rockers Curve

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2014 Remembered: “Lost Boys” Lou Reed, Joe Cocker, Jack Bruce

By Brian Arsenault They were so different. Unalike. Distinctive. Is that what unique is? Seems like that was typical of the era. Hendrix, not Clapton. Beatles, not Stones. Airplane, not Beach Boys. Each showed us something different. A different pulse and pace. Perhaps why we miss them in today’s largely homogenized pop rock world and… Read More 2014 Remembered: “Lost Boys” Lou Reed, Joe Cocker, Jack Bruce

Jazz With An Accent: Drummin’ Back Out Into the World — CDs by Arturo O’Farrill and Ginger Baker

By Fernando Gonzalez Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra The Offense of the Drum (Motema) Maestro Mario Bauzá — trumpeter, saxophonist and music director of Machito and His Afro- Cubans, direct link between Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo and a key figure in blending jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms — scoffed at the label Latin… Read More Jazz With An Accent: Drummin’ Back Out Into the World — CDs by Arturo O’Farrill and Ginger Baker

The Playboy Jazz Festival 2012: Sunday’s Program at the Hollywood Bowl

  By Devon Wendell Photos by Bonnie Perkinson This year’s choice of performers at The 34th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival may have had both the serious jazz fan and struggling jazz musician recoiling in disgust, but even the most stubborn jazz aficionado can’t deny that fun and diversity dominated the festival. Before covering Sunday’s highlights,… Read More The Playboy Jazz Festival 2012: Sunday’s Program at the Hollywood Bowl

The Playboy Jazz Festival: The First Ladies of the Skins

The 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival, which takes place at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend, features the rare presence of three world class female jazz drummers.  Writer/musician Devon Wendell describes his reaction when he first saw the Festival line up.   By Devon Wendell Growing up, I always thought of the drums as being this potent… Read More The Playboy Jazz Festival: The First Ladies of the Skins