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 /Wireimage.com © 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

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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 […]

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band ‘Life In The Bubble’ Album Revives Golden Era of Count Basie and Duke Ellington

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By Danny R. Johnson SAN DIEGO – In 1940, Duke Ellington signed an exclusive contract with RCA Records and entered a state of grace: with few exceptions, his every recording session in the early ‘40s produced an Ellington classic. He was a success commercially as well as critically. Which is why Telarc, a division of […]

San Diego Coastkeeper To Host 4th Annual Concert

SAN DIEGO–San Diego Coastkeeper rocks for a cause at its 4th-annual Ocean Commotion Concert. The April 18 concert is bigger, better and more fun at Campland on the Bay to raise money and celebrate San Diego Coastkeeper’s 20th year protecting and restoring fishable, swimmable, drinkable waters. Oceanside’s The Barnwell Shift will again headline the show. […]

First Ever Latin Album Salute To The King Of Pop

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NEW YORK–Fueled by his relentless commitment, quiet determination and passionate faith in the loving message behind much of Michael Jackson’s music, producer/multi-instrumentalist/arranger Tony Succar has thoughtfully created Unity: The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson. The result is Jackson’s timeless pop and R&B tunes, such as “Thriller,” “Billie Jean,” and “I Want You Back” married with glorious […]

Jazz Education Network 2015 Conference Convened World’s Largest Group of Jazz Educators, Promoters and Performers

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock signs a copy of his book for Bobby Watson, director of Jazz Studies at University of Missouri-Kansas City. Photo: Gina Yarbrough/San Diego County News

By Danny R. Johnson SAN DIEGO – An enthusiastic and exuberant group of jazz intellectuals, educators, promoters, and performers were in attendance for the Jazz Education Network 6th Annual Conference held at The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego on January 7-10, 2015. The agenda was inundated with a topnotch lineup of performers, presenters, and speakers. […]