Lytle Scholarship Concert Honors ‘Harlem Hellfighters’


By Jade Griffin LA JOLLA–A group of valiant African American World War I soldiers—often referred to as the “Harlem Hellfighters”—brought with them to Europe one of America’s most enduring exports: jazz. The 19th annual Lytle Scholarship Concert at UC San Diego will take a trip through time and pay homage to those brave men with […]

SDSU Jazz Ensemble Pairs With Jazz Vocalist Sunny Wilkinson

Sunny Wilkinson

SAN DIEGO–The San Diego State University School of Music and Dance’s SDSU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bill Yeager, will perform in concert with guest jazz vocalist Sunny Wilkinson April 16 at Smith Recital Hall. Over her three decade career, Sunny Wilkinson has sung with many music icons including The Count Basie Orchestra, Rob McConell and […]

‘Made In Brazil’ CD Is Eliane Elias’ Preeminent Work Showcasing Best of Brazilian Music and Brilliant Arrangements

Eliane Elias performing a selection from her March 31, 2015 album, MADE IN BRAZIL.

By Danny R. Johnson LOS ANGELES – When Antônio “Tom” Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim died unexpectedly in 1994, Brazilians immediately knew that no one could take his place. Others such as João and Astrud Gilberto, had made Bossa Nova famous, but it was Jobim alone who invented the style, slowing down and breaking up […]

Mariachi Pai Pai To Perform At Oceanside Library


OCEANSIDE–The Oceanside Public Library and the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library will present Mariachi Pai Pai as part of the 2015 World Music Series.   The free concert will be held March 14 in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms at 330 N. Coast Highway in downtown Oceanside. Performance time will be 1 p.m.  Free parking is available in the Civic Center parking garage. Mariachi Pai Pai is a group comprised of five mariachi musicians […]

Clark Terry: Jazz Most Recorded Musician Laid to Rest and Left Music That’s Impossible to Resist

Jazz musician Clark Terry

  By Danny R. Johnson NEW YORK, NY – Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor of New York City’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, eulogized Clark Terry, one of the giants of jazz, on a cold February 28 Saturday morning as one of the “most generous and unselfish human being and musician I have ever known.” While it was […]

Jazz Legend Clark Terry Dies At 94

Musician Clark Terry (second from left) is presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow (right) at the Special Merit Awards and Nominee Reception at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on January 30, 2010. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy / © 2010. Photographed by: R. Diamond

LOS ANGELES–Jazz legend and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Clark Terry passed away at age 94. Terry, whose music career spanned more than 70 years, was a trumpeter and bandleader who worked with jazz greats Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Herbie Mann, and Count Basie, and recorded with leading jazz artists including Quincy Jones, Charles […]

Holland Dozier Holland Honored With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame


HOLLYWOOD–Legendary Motown songwriters and producers, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland were honored February 13 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood. The star-studded event, held near the Live Nation Building, was presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who presented the trio with the 2,543rd star in the category […]

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Wins GRAMMY For Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

LOS ANGELES–GRAMMY Award winning pianist, saxophonist, bandleader, composer, and arranger Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band won a GRAMMY for Best Large Jazz Ensemble for Life in the Bubble at the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 8th.  Goodwin and his group have had a career 20 nominations, with now four GRAMMY wins. Goodwin was up for […]

Katy Perry To Perform At GRAMMY Awards

Katy Perry

Santa Monica, CA– Fresh off  her recent high-energy Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, Katy Perry will bring a more intimate tone to the 57th GRAMMY Awards through her performance of “By The Grace Of God,” from her nominated album, Prism. Perry is nominated for two awards: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Dark Horse” featuring Juicy J and […]

Harlem Gospel Choir Comes To The Center

Harlem Gospel Choir

ESCONDIDO–The California Center for the Arts, Escondido will present an inspirational evening from renowned group the Harlem Gospel Choir. The choir will bring their performance to the Center’s Concert Hall on February 15. They will also offer a Master Class in the Concert Hall at 4 p.m. the afternoon of their performance. The choir will […]