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Bluegrass is a lot of things. The high lonesome. Bill Monroe. Furious pickin’. Lots of strings. Acoustic instrumentation. What it traditionally isn’t is plugged in, horns, a drum kit, and rarely, a piano front and center with all those frets. The Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with Bruce Hornsby performance at Royce Hall took the latter to heart...
The 6th annual Angel City Jazz Festival is as unique as the city that bears its name. Multi-venue, multi-media and highly eclectic, predictable only for its unpredictablilty. Not necessarily qualities you would attach to this tentpole town. This year mixed film with music, integrating episodes of the “Jazz in the Present Tense” project with live performances under the theme...
Saturday’s NOLA triple threat at The Mint was as close to Frenchmen Street as you can get on Pico Boulevard (in fact, last time Sanchez and company played the room in 2010, their gig was billed as the “Return of Frenchmen Street West”). But this evening was as much Napoleon or Carrollton Avenue as Frenchmen Street, with Jon Cleary...
Hearing Terence Blanchard in a room of about 150 heightens what is already a super attenuated musical experience. One that brings all senses to the fore and excites the brain. Such was the first of 2 intimate nights at The Mint last week, where the New Orleans native was touring in support of his latest project, Magnetic (Blue...
Master of the keys and Congressional leader Robert Walter took the 20th through its finely tuned paces at The Mint last Thursday, featuring generous portions of old and new material in support of his latest release Get Thy Bearings. Whether chomping down on his Fender Rhodes, emulating a syrupy B-3 or generating squelches and squeals that wouldn’t be out...
The Campbell Brothers were joined by Maria Muldaur for a rousing set at the Skirball Cultural Center for a Thursday night show last month. Muldaur was more roar than whisper and well matched with the Campbell’s scared steel, providing a generous helping of goose bumpy moments on a very balmy night (an instrumental take of Sam Cooke’s “A Change...
New Orleans multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton stopped in Los Angeles for an intimate Thursday night show at The Mint earlier this month and photographer Jim Brock was in the club to capture the gallery you can see below. - EDITOR
Stream / Download this show here Stanton Moore kicked off his 3rd summer residency at the The Mint (aka, "the best little club pound-for-pound” per Leo Nocentelli from deep in the second set) on Wednesday night alongside the aforementioned Meter Man and Bay Area-bred Wil Blades. Set One covered much of the groove-heavy-soul-jazz-funk of his un-Galaticfied releases (including 2010’s Groove...
The final Sunday at Jazz Fest is always, without fail, an extra magical day at the Fairgrounds and yesterday's sunny and cool ending to the annual Fest provided an exclamation point on another year for the event. For the seventh and final day, Jim Brock captured the action from the photo pits, covering Trombone Shorty closing it out on...
After a soggy Thursday and Friday, Saturday marked a long overdue clearing of the skies and (slight) drying of muddy conditions that persisted at the track on days four and five (not dissimilar from what you saw yesterday at the Kentucky Derby, Go Orb Go!). Our man Jim Brock was able to capture some of the action at sets...
Jim Brock continued his extensive coverage of the Fairgrounds action at Jazz Fest 2013 on Friday, capturing sets by the incomparable Willie Nelson, the world's greatest dobro player Jerry Douglas, the soon-to-be defunct Papa Grows Funk and more. Continue back for continuous coverage from the Big Easy throughout the weekend and following the completion of the Fest tomorrow. Finally,...
Our intrepid photographer Jim Brock continues covering the Grounds at Jazz Fest 2013 managed to truck through the rainy and muddy conditions yesterday to capture some of the action yesterday. Continue below for shots from sets by the headlining Widespread Panic (setlist here), the legendary Patti Smith, Henry Butler, Glen David Andrews and more. Continue back for continuous coverage...
A notably wet Weekend One at Jazz Fest 2013 is in the books and Jim Brock shares his images from B.B. King, Ben Harper, Dave Matthews Band, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, John Mayer, Midnite Disturbers and more in the gallery below. Check them out loop back for more from Brock and the rest of the team during midweek...
The Jazz Fest train rolled on Saturday in the Big Easy and Jim Brock was on the Grounds once again to capture the magic. Continue below for photos from the always star-studded Voice of the Wetlands Allstars set, Ben Harper, Allen Toussaint, Stanton Moore, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Andrew Bird and more.
Photos by Jim Brock / Words by Jim Brock and Wesley Hodges Gary Clark, Jr. and the world are a good match. When Clark, Jr. tears into “Don’t Owe You a Thang” live, your hair’s messed up, your car is blocks away and you’re wondering what just happened. Heck, these days, it’s not such a bad idea to toss the...
Recently, the legendary and GRAMMY-winning Rebirth Brass Band stopped in to The Mint in Los Angeles for two sold out Tuesday night shows. Check out the photo gallery after the jump.
NOLA funktet Galactic toured up the west coast last week, making a stop at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre for a show in front of a notably lively and packed out El Rey Theatre. Special guests included Lyrics Born, Lateef The Truth Speaker, Corey Glover, Latyrx and Corey Henry. Jim Brock (@EyeOnTheMusic) was there to capture the action going...
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 to any jazz or blues playbook where family legacies span generations and old sounds are regularly rediscovered and reimagined. Now, I hail from about as far from a Pentecostal upbringing as one would expect...
Earlier this month, “3 Brave Souls” held an album release event at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City, CA. The theatre is just one of many ongoing performances held by the Jazz Bakery as they await construction of their Frank Gehry designed new home next door. John Beasley has been a familiar presence in the new year,...
Mahavishnu Orchestra is in the pantheon of jazz fusion pioneers replete with black hole density, volcanic intensity and ridiculous virtuosity. I had never heard anything quite like John McLaughlin’s searing fretwork, Jan Hammer’s prog-funk sounds and Jerry Goodman’s violin thrown to the front of what truly seemed to be an inner mounting flame. Not for the faint of heart....
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 on the road and hard knocks you wouldn’t wish on anyone). Last year’s T-Bone Burnett produced “Low Country Blues” is a seminal record that embodies the sum of Allman’s musical lives in roadhouse ramble, swampy...
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 or if you get around, the aurora. Even then, there is the unexpected cloud cover that can scotch the most anticipated and well-planned events. While the intersection of talent that is Dragon Smoke may not...
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 bearing the burden of comparisons to giants like McCoy Tyner. At 15, he was playing alongside giants like Ron Carter. This kid, from West Los Angeles, this progeny of surfer-skate legacy, was off the charts...
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 audience’s sweet spot with many sing-alongs that had GP working the front of the pit to connect with as many fans as she could. Potter and the Nocturnals are a force of nature and...
The Bad Plus packed it in at The Mint last Tuesday night for An Evening With set that brought the wow factor with every song - a set heavy on tunes from their brand new record Never Stop. Photographer Jim Brock was there to capture the magic as it unfolded. Continue below to check out his gallery from the...
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 the White House, played Bonnaroo and High Sierra, performed at the TED conference, toured Europe and the UK, and returned to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend. This is a busy group of guys with over...
Tuareg guitarist Omara “Bombino” Moctar was born in a nomadic encampment in Niger in 1980. Some 26 years later he was playing alongside Keith Richards and Charlie Watts in California. The here to the there and now is an amazing life of cultural and political conflict, creativity and inspiration that speaks to the global language at the heart of...
Surprise moments at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival can happen any time. One of mine came this year when The Revivalists kicked off the Fest from the Gentilly Stage before noon on the opening Friday. While the New Orleans band has played the Fest the past few years, I was in the dark until that set. Familiar...
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 just talking about his 20+ year filmography). Blanchard paints fully expressed textures with sound, creating jazz that is emotive, vibrant and at times, startlingly beautiful. I literally see what he’s playing. Then again, I may...
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 The Mint following an appearance at Outside Lands the weekend before. After all, the Bay Area figures so prominently in this NOLA band’s origin story: Stranded by Katrina. Crescent City players a long way from...
Photos and Review by Jim Brock / Jim Brock Photography Into the blues or not, it was impossible not to look forward to the crossroads on the road summit of Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang - two giant slingers for the ages. Myself, I’ll get me some 8/12-bars all night long from just about anybody, let alone these guys. Seriously,...

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