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The Skipper just returned from a very successful journey on the West Coast with the great East Coaster Sonny Fortune and some great West Coasters, pianist Theo Saunders and drummer Marvin Smity Smith, whom you can hopefully hear about in the next article from The Great West Coast! You can sometimes, early Saturday evening, catch The Skipper with singer Thisbe Vos at the Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hill. I repeat, jazz is alive and well in the great city of Los Angeles. There are places to catch the greats. For example, you can catch us jazz lovers raptly listening to Azar Lawrence and his band at The Seabird Lounge in Long Beach, which might include, along with The Skipper, Marvin Smitty Smith and Theo Saunders, the great trumpet player Nolan Shaheed,(who incidentally holds the world record in the 800 meters for those 50 years and older), sometimes the trombonist, George Bohannon, drummer Alphonse Moussant, bassist Jeffrey Littleton. Or if you go downtown to The Blue Whale you might catch pianist Josh Nelson, or mind blowing, pipes-smashing singer Dwight Trible, whom you will definitely see at The World Stage in Liemert Park, the last remaining vestige of African American culture (dedicated to the late, great Billy Higgins), where you are also certain to see bassist Trevor Ware, possibly Michael Sessions and Phil Ranelin, and, if you’re lucky, singer Barbara Morrison, commonly referred to as The Queen, in her own Performing Arts Studio. And not to forget LACMA on Friday nights all summer where you will hear any number of great West Coast musicians. There are always concerts where you might hear the great pianist / vocalist Patrice Rushen with drummer Clayton Cameron and possibly Bennie Maupin or Hubert Laws. And of course Kamasi Washington, currently on tour, I am sure, with his epic band and, if you’re lucky, you might catch him in the summer time at the annual summertime Hollywood and Highland Page 20 - Pure Jazz Magazine Wine and Jazz Event held every Tuesday evening. If you feel like a stroll on the beach on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, go to The Lighthouse, in Hermosa Beach, one of the oldest jazz venues in the greater LA area, where you will listen to three hours of great jazz. There are many more. There’s Catalina in Hollywood, the Typhoon near Santa Monica, The Home in Beverly Hills, and a new club, DTLA, organized and run by Cathy Segal Garcia, another great LA musician. As I write this I see that drummer Donald Dean will be there tonight, another well known LA musician! And of courses, there’s the renowned Kenny Burrell, not a native of LA, Detroit born, but currently teaches at UCLA. And if you are in the right place at just the right time you might see the great piano player William (Bill) Henderson. If you’re coming to LA for a visit, click on to LA jazz.com and you will find all of the upcoming events in the area. However, the most “heard around the world cry” took place when Charlie O’s closed down about five years ago. That was the hang. Open until the magical hour of 1:00 AM (early closing time for New Yorkers, late for us) … John Heard was the house bassist and every musician played there. Often when their sets were over somewhere else they would show up there and sit in. What a place. Bartenders were also musicians, art work was displayed, and pictures of jazz musicians were beautifully and artfully placed over the walls. All true aficionados were there as well as musicians, listening. That was the place. But all good things come to an end and that one did. And then Spazio LA on Ventura Blvd. closed shortly after that which seemed like the beginning of the end. The Jazz Bakery…gone…but probably reopening… major hotels which featured jazz on a weekly basis closed their doors to jazz… But as I stated in the beginning, the great jazz artists are still alive and well, playing wherever they can. And the jazz lovers still find them and will continue to do so. LA is still a cultural Mecca for jazz because the sound lives on!!! And it will never die. We have combinations of father/son musicians here, even grandfather/ grandson musicians who continue the sound of great jazz. To name a few: father and son drummers Billy and Lorca Hart, saxophonist and flautist Rickey Washington currently featured in his son, Kamasi Washington’s band, drummer Donald Dean and grandson, piano player Jamael Dean, horn player Michael Sessions and his drummer son, brothers bassist Jeff Littleton and drummer Don Littleton,….. We are a jazz family here in LA just as you are in NYC and anywhere else in the world where jazz survives. So ‘hats off ’ to The Skipper and all of our beloved players in this city. May the sound of true jazz forever be the transcending music in our Universe!!! Henry Franklin “The Skipper” Freelance writer Arlene Hayes is a high school English teacher in Los Angeles whose love of Jazz began in NYC after seeing John Coltrane play.
MILES AHEAD MILES AHEAD is not just about the music. It’s about what we all face at one time or another in our lives; questions about who we really are, what we have to say and how will we say it. How will we ultimately be defined and who gets to say so? -- (C) Official Site Rating: R (for strong language throughout, drug use, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence) Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest. Directed By: Don Cheadle - Written By: Steven Baigelman, Don Cheadle In Theaters: Apr 1, 2016 Limited Runtime: 1 hr. 40 min... Crescendo Productions Critic Reviews Don Cheadle pays tribute to the imagined life and times of Miles Davis. Mark Kermode ·The Guardian It’s a near miss, but you can’t help applauding the passion behind it. Peter Travers · Rolling Stone Purists may howl, but they’ll also miss the pleasure and point of this playfully impressionistic movie. Manohla Dargis · New York Times If you’ve seen (screened) MILES AHEAD how about writing your own review. PJM would be very interested in what you have to say about the movie. Forward your review to: email@example.com Click the link below and watch the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqq63ZJ5q3w Pure Jazz Magazine - Page 21