Legendary Bebop Jazz Drummer Stan Levey Gets the Last Word in Biography of his Illustrious Life

By Danny R. Johnson Jazz and Pop Music Critic Between 1945 and 1950, two gods dominated American music – Bird and Diz. Every young jazz musician and composer, regardless of instrument, emulated them. Pop arrangers and film composers and conservatory students entertained themselves by appropriating the hip chords, cool dissonances, and in wit of bop. […]

Good Charlotte To Release New Album

Good Charlotte are set to release their sixth studio album, Youth Authority on July 15, through the Madden Brothers’ own label MDDN, distributed worldwide through Kobalt Label Services. Formed in the mid-90s, Good Charlotte has five albums and two collaborations under their belt.  The band was integral in establishing a global critical mass for the […]

San Diego Fair’s Del Mar Arena To Host Free Entertainment

DEL MAR–During the 2016 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertson/Vons, the Del Mar Arena offers free daily entertainment including motorized events, such as demolition derbies, motorsports competitions, equine events, talent competitions and a smorgasbord of other programming. Opening weekend will feature a Fire and Safety Expo and Firefighter Demolition Derby, presented by San Diego City Fire […]

Jazz Bassist Ron Carter Celebrated 79th Birthday with Series of Dynamic Performances at New York’s Blue Note

By Danny R. Johnson NEW YORK, NY – When Ron Carter celebrated his 79th birthday party on May 4th, he wanted everybody to join in. Which is just what occurred on May 3-8, 2016 at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club. He played with a nonet on May 3-4, a quartet on May 5-6, and […]

‘RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers’ To Bring MST3K Classic To Big Screens

DENVER–Dust off that time machine (and the floppy disks that run it), because this May the guys of RiffTrax — Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000) – are bringing “RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers” to select cinemas across the nation. “RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers” will […]

San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts Received Numerous Honorable Mention at National Jazz Competition

By Danny R. Johnson   Jazz and Pop Music Critic NEW YORK, NY – Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 21st Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York, NY, proudly announced on Saturday evening, May 7, 2016, that the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts […]

Ilan-Lael Hosts Annual Father’s Day Open House On Hubbell Hill

SAN DIEGO–Renowned San Diego artist and humanitarian, James Hubbell, is opening his Julian hand-built, artistic mountain retreat home to the public for the annual Father’s Day Tour benefiting the Ilan-Lael Foundation. For more than 50 years the Hubbell’s have been building their art-inspired home and guests are invited to tour the iconic property’s eight main […]

Señor Grubby’s To Host Cinco De Mayo Olympic Event

CARLSBAD–Señor Grubby’s will hold its 3rd annual Cinco de Mayo Parking Lot party, taking place on May 7 in downtown Carlsbad. New to the party in 2015 was the addition of Parking Lot Olympics; with teams of two competing to win prize packages of goods and services from local supporting businesses. The Olympics were so successful that organizers will be […]

‘Miles Ahead’ Movie Is Just a Small Glimpse of the Colossal Genius that is Miles Davis

By Danny R. Johnson Jazz and Pop Music Critic LOS ANGELES – Miles Dewey Davis III, better known as Miles Davis, was not only the most important jazz trumpeters of all time, he was one of the giants of the 20th century music scene. In the recently released Sony Pictures Classics movie, Miles Ahead, its […]

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Receives $10,000 Matching Grant

SAN DIEGO–The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is singing a happy song thanks to a $10,000 matching grant from the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. “We are so incredibly grateful to the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation for helping support our musical mission of outreach,” said SDGMC Executive Director Bob Lehman. “It is with this […]