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Don’t Miss Cirque de Soleil’s Totem

Posted March 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Cirque de Soleil’s new production, Totem, is here in LA just 2 more weeks until March 16th; the familiar blue and yellow big tops are just north of the Santa Monica Pier as usual.
The new production is has a grandiose conception: the history of humankind from beginning to present. As usual there is a rapid sequence of amazing acts, trapeese, rings, clowns, acrobatics, and …

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Upcoming Benefit for Tourette’s Syndrome on 2/27

Posted February 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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One of my favorite jazz musicians, pianist Michael Wolff, told me about this upcoming fundraiser at The Conga Room downtown on Feb. 27th that he’s a part of. It’s Hollywood Heals: Spotlight On Tourette Syndrome. Wolff has tourette syndrome, which causes tics in people who have it. Michael was the inspiration for the 2000 movie The Tic Code, starring Gregory Hines.

Many people didn’t know what …

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Daft Punk’s Get Lucky: Soviet Style

Posted February 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Though we might not know them (until now, that is) The Russian Police Choir has almost legendary status in Russia.  Formed in 1939 under Josef Stalin’s iron-fisted rule of the U.S.S.R., the choir has performed over 7000 concerts all over the world, even a show for Pope John Paul II.
With Daft Punk‘s recent Grammy wins, popular soundtracks and worldwide fame, most people have heard …

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The Female Voice Of Lebanon: Fairouz

Posted February 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments

I’ve known about Fairouz (born 1935) for 30 years. It started when a lovely man named Samir Hachem–who passed away years ago–brought in a bunch of her albums and guest-hosted an hour of Morning Becomes Eclectic with me. He was a reporter for the Hollywood Reporter at the time, mostly writing on film but also a fan of Arabic music. We did other shows …

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Show #35: World Music Artists On Tour in February

Posted January 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments

There is a quartet of great shows coming to LA in February, artists who don’t tour the US that often, or may tour but bypass LA entirely. Here is a list of upcoming shows not to be missed.
1. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba  / UCLA  Royce Hall / Saturday, Feb 8th
Bassekou leads one of the best and most authentic traditional Malian bands today. His …

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Show #29: Favorite Tenor Sax Solos

Posted November 22, 2013 by | 2 Comments

The tenor sax is a jazz instrument. The paradigmatic jazz instrument, if I may thrown in a $50 word. How many tenor sax sonatas or concertos can you think of that feature the tenor as a solo, or even important instrument?
Years ago, I found an ad in DownBeat magazine for Lacoste-style knit shirts, but instead of the alligator you could get an instrument as …

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10 Cool Upcoming Shows: Who Says LA Doesn’t Have Music Culture?

Posted September 26, 2013 by | 0 Comments

LA is a vast metropolis where hundreds of languages are spoken.  Part of this cultural mosaic is the huge number of local shows that keep popping up. I want to mention ten upcoming shows that caught my eyes and ears.

1)  Laila Biali: Theatre Raymond Kabbaz (West Los Angeles) Fri 9/27/13
Baili is a superb young singer and pianist who has a growing following.  She does …

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2 Cool Bands to See This Weekend

Posted June 18, 2013 by | 0 Comments

1.  The Fish Tank Ensemble is an American band that specializes in Romanian and Hungarian gypsy music.  They are high-energy and great musicians as well.  The event is free this Friday, 6/21 at 8pm @ the Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park.
Click here for show details.
Here is a video of the Fish Tank Ensemble from Disney Hall in 2009: They’re playing a great Kalman Balogh song …

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