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A.K. Toney as a Sorcerer of Sound: Neo Griot and the Afrocentric Prince

The poet Aaron Kenneth Toney is best known by his moniker A.K. Toney. Toney came to rise in Leimert Park at the World Stage and Fifth Street Dicks during the 1990s right after the Rodney King Uprisings. Perhaps more than any other poet in Los Angeles, Toney bridges jazz and hip hop. Before you listen …

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Interview with The Incredible Music-Mage Derek Menchan

I heard it through the grapevine—multi-talented singer/musician/music producer-arranger/philosopher/humanities professor Derek Menchan is about to drop his new album, his second, entitled The Incredible. His first album, The Griot Swings the Classics (2018), was quite well-received, even achieving top of the chart ranking for its category on Amazon for a time. At the end of this interview, …

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Review: Blue Songs in an Open Key, Jazzy Short Stories by Arya F. Jenkins

So then in the middle of a bluesy silence he says, like he’s talking about a secret stash of pot or something, “Do you want to hear some music?” (“The Bluest Train”). Music has charms to soothe a savage breast (William Congreve). Like many other people, I’m sure, when I think about jazz (if I …

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Sara Gazarek and Black Nile at Metro Arts’ “Jazz Tracks” in Union Station

I love Union Station. “The Last of the Great Train Stations,” I make sure to show it to all my out of town guests, along with the Hollywood sign, Santa Monica and Venice beaches, Pacific Coast Highway, Topanga Canyon, Chinatown, South Central, and Skid Row. (More on those choices in another post.) But Union Station, …

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Memory Lane, John Yamrus’s Jazzy Memoir

[alert type=alert-white ]Please consider making a tax-deductible donation now so we can keep publishing strong creative voices.[/alert] “[O]ld Time is still a-flying: / and this same flower that smiles / to day, Tomorrow will be dying” (Robert Herrick, “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time”).  John Yamrus’s new memoir John Yamrus, jazz fan and …

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JazzAntiqua Celebrates Live Jazz and Dance

This week’s SoCal dance events include Bernard J. Brown considering a lifesaving box in Westwood, live jazz and six dance troupes in West Adams, South Asian dance in Pasadena, and cutting edge dance at REDCAT Studio downtown, [alert type=alert-white ]Please consider making a tax-deductible donation now so we can keep publishing strong creative voices.[/alert] 5. What becomes …

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The World Stage: 25 Years of Seeking Light Through Sound

When you first stand outside the modest storefront of The World Stage Performance Gallery on Degnan Boulevard in Leimert Park Village, it might not look like the kind of place co-founded by one of the most important drummers in the history of jazz, Billy Higgins. The name itself might strike you as making a bit …

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The Aftermath

This week we have been regrouping, thinking about the future, about where we are going and what we are doing. The response to our conflict with The Last Bookstore was huge and overwhelmingly positive. If nothing else, what we learned in the aftermath is that we’ve been really good to and for the community of …

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