By Devon Wendell There has been quite a bit of hype for multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and sardonic poet Doc Wendell over the last decade. As a teen in New York City, Wendell worked in the studio with Donald Fagen and Steely Dan on their “comeback” album Two Against Nature. The late John Lee Hooker nicknamed… Read More Q&A: Doc Wendell – A Twist Of Misery
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April. 26. (Tues.) “The Music of Sonny Rollins.” Tenor saxophonist Benn Clatworthy takes on the challenging task of exploring the music of a great jazz master. Expect intriguing results. With the Chris Colangelo Trio. Charlie O’s. (818) 994-3058. – April 27. (Wed.) Phil Upchurch Quartet. Master blues and jazz… Read More Picks of the Week: April 26 – May 1
By Devon Wendell The death of Joseph William “Pinetop” Perkins on Monday March 21, 2011 marks the end of an era of true, original Mississippi Delta blues pianists. Perkins was born in Belzoni, Mississippi and was nicknamed “Pinetop” for his highly regarded renderings of Pinetop Smith’s 1928 classic Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie. Eventually, he recorded it… Read More An Appreciation: Pinetop Perkins, R.I.P.