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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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