Friday, April 25, 2014

Jim Brock

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We’re all told to respect our elders, to learn from the generation before and to pass along tradition. Wise words musically speaking, and fundamental...

Earlier this month, “3 Brave Souls” held an album release event at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City, CA. The theatre is...

Mahavishnu Orchestra is in the pantheon of jazz fusion pioneers replete with black hole density, volcanic intensity and ridiculous virtuosity. I had never heard...

Gregg Allman’s life is a road well traveled for sure. As much thrive-r as survivor, his blues have the resume to match (40+ years...

Certain celestial alignments skip decades, if not lifetimes, or at a minimum, involve covering great distances at greater expense. Think solar eclipses, Comet Hale-Bopp...

Hearing the news of Austin Peralta’s passing at just 22, is beyond incomprehensible. At 13, Peralta had already established himself as a jazz pianist...

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals played to a packed Wiltern in the midst of her Fall “all request” tour. The generous set was in...

The Bad Plus packed it in at The Mint last Tuesday night for An Evening With set that brought the wow factor with every...

Since I last caught up with Red Baraat in February, the self-described “Brooklyn dhol’n’brass” (by way of a second line) outfit has been to...

Tuareg guitarist Omara “Bombino” Moctar was born in a nomadic encampment in Niger in 1980. Some 26 years later he was playing alongside Keith...

Surprise moments at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival can happen any time. One of mine came this year when The Revivalists kicked...

Photos and Review by Jim Brock There are few musicians I can point to who are more visually evocative than Terence Blanchard (and I’m not...

Review and Photos by Jim Brock / Jim Brock Photography It’s apropos that the Honey Island Swamp Band would return for a summer gig at...

Photos and Review by Jim Brock / Jim Brock Photography Into the blues or not, it was impossible not to look forward to the crossroads...