By Devon Wendell 2014 was a strange year for music. I recall thinking to myself halfway through The Playboy Jazz Festival in June; “Okay, so everyone is going funk now. Wynton Marsalis’ head would explode!” To many jazz purists, funk is considered to be sellout music. Critics and fans freaked out when Miles Davis, Freddie… Read More 2014 Remembered: A Year Of Funk
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
By Devon “Doc” Wendell Los Angeles, CA. Okay, so I’ve been a professional music journalist for about 6 years now. I’ve witnessed quite a lot of change in that time in dealing with publicists and well, not all of it has been good. It’s always been cool to poo-poo the press. Somehow many musicians and… Read More A Twist Of Doc: “Where Is The Love?”
By Norton Wright Some final words about the KJazz benefit concert at Disney Hall providing much needed financial funding for KJazz Radio, the station which in various incarnations has been serving the southern California listenership for over 30 years. Here are ten, perhaps little known facts about the station provided by Station Manager, Stephanie Levine… Read More Radio: Further Thoughts About KJAZZ
By Brian Arsenault (I know this is a place to write about music but the music just went out of my life for a while. I can’t stop thinking, as Neil Young did, about all the kids who’ll “never get to fall in love, never get to be cool”.) This is all I have to… Read More Op-Ed Commentary: Guns and the Connecticut Killings
Times Have Changed By Devon Wendell On Tuesday, May 29th, President Obama presented Bob Dylan with the Medal Of Freedom — designated as the nation’s highest civilian honor — at the White House. Obama’s comments at the ceremony about Dylan’s influence on his life and American culture were the typical “Voice of a generation” spiel… Read More Op-Ed: Bob Dylan’s Appeal From One Generation To Another.
By Brick Wahl Just realized there are still comments bouncing around on this. Don Heckman’s got clout…. My whole point in that original rant is that if things continue as they are there will be no place left to play. The jazz scene has shrunk by at least two thirds in the past ten years.… Read More Brick Wahl: Keeping It Real 2