Lizz Wright’s ‘Freedom & Surrender’ CD Jam-Packed with Soul, Passion, and Heart

Lizz Wright Photo

By Danny R. Johnson LOS ANGELES – To say that Lizz Wright is a phenomenal artist is no more useful than saying Maya Angelou wrote brilliantly about life struggles or that Bessie Smith was the preeminent blues singer of all times. Wright is an essayist of music and a thinker capable of astonishing erudition, insight, […]

Aaron Diehl’s ‘Space Time Continuum’ CD Features Legends Joe Temperley and Benny Golson Swinging with Young Cats

Aaron Diehl photo courtesy of Mack Avenue Records

By Danny R. Johnson NEW YORK – The great bandleader, composer and pianist, Count Basie, was quoted as saying in his later years, “Jazz is an art of the young, and it is a young art in itself. The progressive force of change will always fall chiefly into the hands of the young in mind […]

‘The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL’ CD Highlights Penetrating and Engaging Music Composition Genius of Terri Carrington


By Danny R. Johnson NEW YORK – GRAMMY winning drummer, composer, and producer, Terri Lyne Carrington, in all of her abundance of originality, scope, and talents, has no rivals when it comes to composing music to fit the style of the artists who performed on her albums. She admirably demonstrated this unique gift when she […]

Golden Globe, Emmy Award Winner Vonda Shepard At Belly Up

Vonda Shepard

ENCINITAS–Two-time Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner, Vonda Shepard will be performing at The Belly Up on Aug. 13 for an album release show of her newest album—“Rookie.” The album was released in the beginning of July and she’s ready to perform brand new tracks for her fans. With 12 million album sales to her […]

Local Band To Perform Free Concert In San Marcos

Tower Three

SAN MARCOS–The City will host a free concert August 13 featuring San Diego band Tower Three at the Wood House Gardens in Woodland Park. Tower Three combines elements of pop and various styles to capture the essence of beautiful Southern California. Gates open at 6 p.m. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. at 1148 Rock […]

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 […]