Local Musician Joe Johnson Passes Away At Age 80

Joe Johnson

SAN DIEGO–One of San Diego’s local musicians, Joe Johnson, tenor sax player and singer, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones July 13 at the Lakeview Hospice House. Johnson was inducted into the San Diego African American Musicians’ Heritage Foundation in 2006. He was passionate about entertaining. Self-taught, he purchased his first horn in 1954 […]

Country Music Star Joins All Star Talent To Perform At Special Olympics Games Opening Ceremony

Country star Cassadee Pope

LOS ANGELES–The 2015 Special Olympics World Games (LA2015) revealed country music singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope will take the stage as part of the Opening Ceremony for the World Games on July 25. Since winning the NBC hit show, “The Voice,” Pope successfully debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts. With that, she […]

Acclaimed Songwriter, Instrumentalist, Vocalist Kate Davis Signs With Concord Music Group

From left: David Lai, Co-President, Park Avenue Artists; Glen Barros, President and Chief Executive Officer, Concord Music Group; Kate Davis;

Mark Wexler, Chief Operating Officer, Concord Label Group; Ross Michaels, Co-President, Park Avenue Artists; Mike Wilpizeski, VP of Publicity, Concord Label Group
Photo by Kurt Williamson

Concord Music Group has announced the signing of acclaimed songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kate Davis. Davis is currently working on material for what will be her first recording. The as-yet-untitled album is scheduled for release in spring of 2016. Lauded by MTV Buzzworthy as one of the “15 Fresh Females Who Will Rule Pop,” Davis […]

Local Songwriters Celebrate Release Of New Albums With Concert At Belly Up


SAN DIEGO–Lee Coulter and Dawn Mitschele, two acclaimed local San Diego artists, are releasing new albums with a joint release concert at the Belly Up in Solana Beach on July 9. Mitschele will release “All of Our Days” and Lee Coulter will debut his album “People Like You.” San Diegians are invited to enjoy an exclusive […]

Mount Miguel Covenant Village To Hold Annual Concert Series

SPRING VALLEY–Mount Miguel Covenant Village, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, will hold its 6th annual Concert on the Green Series. The 2015 series features performances by Rumble Seat Rascals, Mariachi Estrellas de Chua Vista and High Society Jazz Band. “We are excited to be able to invite the […]

Jamison Ross’ Debut Album ‘Jamison’ Explodes With Astonishing Insight and Sensitivity Reinterpreting Jazz and Blues Standards


By Danny R. Johnson LOS ANGELES – The Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute has been known throughout the jazz world to have produced some of the greatest artists to grace the jazz universe. Among the past winners who have gone on to greatness are Cécile McLorin Salvant (vocals), Kris Bowers (piano), Ben Williams (bass), Jon Irabagon (sax), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Lage Lund (guitar), and Jacky Terrasson (piano), just to name a […]

Joe Alterman’s ‘Georgia Sunset’ is 2015’s Best Jazz Piano CD Exhibiting Superb Individualism and Harmony

The Joe Alterman Trio at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City.

By Danny R. Johnson NEW YORK, NY – Every step forward in jazz piano has been taken within a context of what came before, by an artist who is seeking or has found a new direction. That direction could lead back to something from the past, but because it would begin in the present, it […]

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Present John Lennon’s Imagine

Imagine Art half - short

SAN DIEGO–The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus opens the iconic pages of the John Lennon and Paul McCartney songbook for its big summer show, Imagine. More than 200 singers and dancers, along with the San Diego Youth Pride Chorus, will bring to life the music of the legendary songwriters on July 25 and 26 at […]

15 High School Bands To Compete At Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition And Festival

15 high school bands across the U.S.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s prestigious Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. Held each May, the competition and festival is the culmination of the yearlong Essentially Ellington program, which distributes free music and supplemental resources to high school and college jazz ensembles throughout the U.S., Canada, and American schools abroad. On May 7, fifteen […]

Farrell Jazz Summer Series Starts June 4

Quebec-based Marianne Trudel Trifolia trio

LA JOLLA–The Athenaeum’s jazz program continues with their annual summer series starting June 4. Farrell Family Jazz at the Athenaeum features an international piano series by four acclaimed jazz artists from the United States, Canada, Germany, and Cuba. All concerts will be held in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room of the Athenaeum Music and […]