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Brazilian & Flamenco Superstars Tour the U.S.

Posted February 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Two Brazilian superstars and two Flamenco giants will tour the U.S. soon. Here is the scoop:
1.  Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil: Sunday, April 10, 2016, Microsoft Theater, LA Live,  777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Two of Brazil’s biggest stars are performing in this large (7,000 seats) venue. Both started in the late 1960′s, were part of the Tropicalia Movement in …

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Show #147: The Spiritual Side of World Music

Posted February 26, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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A few weeks ago we checked out some Spiritual Jazz classics, with music by John and Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Azar Lawrence, Doug and Jean Carn, and others. This week we’ll do the same with world music. Here goes:
We start with the last recording Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ever made, this time with film composer Graeme Revell, recorded in …

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3 Upcoming World Music and Dance Events You Might Enjoy

Posted February 24, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Los Angeles is made of many cultures and communities that regularly celebrate their arts, and I want to tell you about three upcoming world music and dance shows that you might like.
1. The first takes place this Saturday, February 27th at 6 p.m. at the Chinmaya Mission Rameshwaram, 14451 Franklin Ave, Tustin CA 92867. The Kalanjali Organization presents an evening of meditative Indian music …

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Great New Music from ECM Records: Michel Benita & Ethics: River Silver

Posted February 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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ECM Records has been an important part of my musical life for 40 years and counting. My love of this label goes back to early releases such as Keith Jarrett’s first solo record, Facing You (1973) and Eberhard Weber’s Colours of Chloe (1974). Other great early releases include pianist Richie Beirach’s Eon, Dave Liebman’s Drum Ode, and countless others.
Manfred Eicher, president and founder of …

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Show #146: New and Noteworthy Releases from around the Globe

Posted February 19, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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Back in high school it was always a “Sophie’s Choice” in the record store. There would be 4-5 albums I really wanted but I only had like $10 so I could only get two. That continued for another decade. Even when I worked at Vogue Records in Westwood while in graduate school, I couldn’t get free records.
When I got back from Paris in late …

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Show #144: Tasty New Releases

Posted February 5, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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This week we sample some tracks from ten tasty new releases.
We begin with a fabulous 2-cd set of music by Gershwin and Mancini. The Steve Richman Harmonie Ensemble dishes up some witty and beautifully produced music of these two great composers. The Gershwin/Grofe is totally fun to hear, and the Mancini disc is absolutely wonderful.
Lou Tavano is a stylish, Paris-based singer I …

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Hey Jazz Fans: 3 Upcoming Shows Not to Miss

Posted February 3, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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I want to recommend a few upcoming shows.
The first is an exceptional quartet called P.O.E.M. (Pasqua, Oles, Erskine. Mintzer), four incredible artists who share musical telepathy and deep understanding of whatever they play. They have a new album out called Standards 2: Movie Music. The cuts include their beautiful versions of classics like “Tara’s Theme” from Gone with the Wind, “Somewhere” from Westside …

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Show #143: Devotional Songs from India and Pakistan

Posted January 29, 2016 by | 4 Comments
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Today’s show is a little different: it simply features three devotional songs from India and Pakistan.
The first is a raga by Ravi Shankar for his beloved music guru, Baba Allaudin Khan. The relationship between guru and devotee in India is like few others. For Ravi it meant stopping the gypsy life of a little dandy and move to a cement hut, practicing 8-10 hours …

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Jaco Pastorius: Great Musician, Sad End

Posted January 27, 2016 by | 3 Comments
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“My name is Jaco Pastorius and I’m the greatest bass player in the world.” This was the way Jaco introduced himself to Joe Zawinul, Weather Report founder and übermensch.  Zawinul was abrupt and dismissive: “f#*k off” was his reply. Then Pastorius played a solo fretless bass version of Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee.” Just as abruptly, Zawinul changed his opinion, and soon Pastorius was a …

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Show #142: Dexter Story’s Wondem: A Musical Love Letter to East Africa

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 1 Comment
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I’ve known Dexter Story for a long time. He booked some great acts into the Temple Bar back in the day before it closed. I didn’t know about his artistic side, however, until I heard him playing drums with Todd Simon’s band Ethio-Cali at Grand Performances at California Plaza (great night), then conducting the band at the Wattstax show, also at Grand Performances. Both …

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