Meshell Ndegeocello and James Blood Ulmer at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein Westwood, CA.  On Friday night at Royce Hall, CAP UCLA presented a very attractive double bill featuring Meshell Ndegeocello and James Blood Ulmer (backed by Memphis Blood and Vernon Reid).   Although the floor level of Royce Hall was mostly full and the upper level was closed, the people who came to Westwood… Read More Meshell Ndegeocello and James Blood Ulmer at Royce Hall

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Humor: The Top Ten Words And Phrases Over Used By Rock/Pop Journalists.

By Devon Wendell Growing up as an aspiring musician, besides practicing the guitar, bass and harmonica obsessively like a geek, I also read a lot of books, articles, reviews, and interviews on all kinds of music. In doing so I found myself most aggravated by the writing in the “major” music publications like Rolling Stone, Spin, etc. There were… Read More Humor: The Top Ten Words And Phrases Over Used By Rock/Pop Journalists.

CD Review: Magnolia Memoir — “The Perfect Crime”

Magnolia Memoir  The Perfect Crime (Peak/eOne Music) By Devon Wendell For the past two years, the Los Angeles five piece ensemble Magnolia Memoir has attracted a large fan base with captivating live shows in which the group combines traditional jazz with R&B and poetry-fueled alternative rock. Finally, Magnolia Memoir has released its long awaited major… Read More CD Review: Magnolia Memoir — “The Perfect Crime”

Picks of the Week: April 12 – 19

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 13 – 15. (Mon. – Wed.) Chris Potter’s Underground. Potter continues to successfully assert that there’s something to say on the post-Coltrane tenor saxophone. Jazz Bakery (310) 271-9039.  www.jazzbakery.com   – April 16. (Thurs.) Kendra Shank. Shank’s appropriately titled, ear-grabbing new album ‘’Mosaic” includes a selection of material… Read More Picks of the Week: April 12 – 19