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Show #121: Cubana Be, Cubana Bop, The Return of Bebop at MOLAA—Next Saturday, Aug29

Posted August 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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When Afro-Cuban drummer Chano Pozo (b. 1915–1948) met jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (b. 1917–1993) in New York City, it was a meeting of two legends with musically explosive results. At the time, bebop was still new and revolutionary, but Chano’s fiery drumming served as a catalyst that furthered its dynamism. It was a short-lived partnership between the two, though, with only a few records …

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Saturday, Aug 22: Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali & DJ Neil Sparkes at Grand Performances

Posted August 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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I used to tell my listeners that Qawwali music was not music made by cute little furry Australian arboreal creatures, but rather, sufi gospel music from Pakistan.
A few weeks ago I wrote about my discovery and experience with the late Qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. When Nusrat passed away in 1997,  he left a musical vacuum, which his then-teenage nephews committed themselves to filling. …

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Buena Vista Social Club’s Ibrahim Ferrer & the Havana Sugar Kings

Posted August 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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I first heard about the Buena Vista Social Club back in the mid-1990s, probably through Ry Cooder. The minute the album went on sale at Rhino Records in Westwood, I bought my import copy for $27.00 and fell in love with them from the very first notes. I was the first to air them on the radio.
Five years later in 2000, I was lucky to be …

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Skirball Concert Review: Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba = Ngoni Power!!

Posted August 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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The ngoni is the Malian ancestor of the banjo (the word banjo itself being of Congolese origin). In the Malian Manding language, ‘Ba’ means ‘power.’ Bassekou Kouyaté and his band, Ngoni ba, deliver exactly that: massive musical power—organic and acoustic. It’s African power at its greatest.
Malian ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyaté’s concert last Thursday at the Skirball Cultural Center was—for me—not only the best concert of this summer …

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Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba Come to the Skirball Cultural Center—Thursday, July 30

Posted July 29, 2015 by | 4 Comments
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Bassekou Kouyaté and Ngoni Ba is authentic traditional Malian music at its best. Continuing a dynastic line of griot musicians, this exceptional family group has performed together for decades. This Thursday, July 30, the Skirball Cultural Center brings these artists to Los Angeles as part of their summer Sunset Concert series, which you won’t want to miss.
This group is one of my favorite bands from a stable of incredible …

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Me

Posted July 27, 2015 by | 2 Comments
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I first discovered Pakistani sufi maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in 1982 on one of Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) Festival benefit collection LPs, titled Music and Rhythm. It was the beginning of a 1980s phenomenon that would come to be known popularly as world music, right around the same time that King Sunny Ade would gain fame outside of Nigeria.
The most arresting track on the …

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Show #113: Branford Marsalis Quartet’s Tribute to John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”

Posted June 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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If I had to name a few of the greatest instrumental jazz records of all time, several artists would come to mind: Louis Armstrong, Ahmad Jamal, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis would be at the top of my list.
John Coltrane and his album, A Love Supreme, was music of an even higher order. It distinguishes itself from the rest by being not only …

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Show #108: The Spirit of Brazil Comes to Los Angeles—Saturday, May 30

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Los Angeles’s premier Brazilian dance company, Viver Brasil, will join forces with Sambaguru founder and singer-songwriter, Kátia Moraes, for a high-energy night of colorful rhythms and powerful movement at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo on Saturday, May 30. As the last of the 2014–2015 Aratani World Series performances, I promise you that it’ll be nothing short of an explosive season finale!
This week on Rhythm Planet, I was joined at the KCRW …

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Show #107: Tom Interviews Director John Pirozzi of “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll”

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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For the past ten years, Director John Pirozzi has been traveling back and forth to Cambodia plumbing the archives in Phnom Penh, Paris, and elsewhere for his new documentary film, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll, which screens this Friday and Saturday at the Laemmle Theater in North Hollywood. It’s a powerful musical journey through Cambodia’s Golden Age, the Vietnam War, and …

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Quarter-Tone Trumpet Virtuoso Ibrahim Maalouf’s Debut in LA—May 21

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Ibrahim Maalouf, the Beirut-born, Paris-based quarter-tone jazz trumpet virtuoso, will make his LA debut at Le Lycée Français’s Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz on Thursday, May 21. Son of the great, classical Arabic quarter-tone trumpet player, Nassim Maalouf, the younger Maalouf won major classical trumpet competitions but chose not to follow in his father’s footsteps, instead pursuing his preferred studies in jazz.
For his U.S. tour debut, Ibrahim pays special tribute to the memory …

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