| Jul 7, 2010
| 9:36 PM
The lineup for the 30th annual Sunset Junction Fair, produced by Silver Lake business owner Michael McKinley, was announced Wednesday. The five stages will present plenty of local talent but so far, the festival is curiously bereft of the marquee......
| May 11, 2010
| 4:35 PM
Barack Obama claimed during a Hampton University commencement speech that he doesn't know how to work iPods, iPads, Xboxes or PlayStations....
| Nov 28, 2010
Kind of Blue
Oceanview Publishing: 324 pp., $25.95
In previous books such as "The Killing Season" and "Homicide Special," Miles Corwin explored the inner workings of the Los Angeles Police Department. As a crime reporter for the...
| May 1, 2011
"Who says that only Americans know how to play Gershwin?" asks Gramophone magazine this month as it hails a new Gershwin CD from the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the German orchestra that calls itself the world's oldest. "By this time possibly nobody," the British...
| Jan 2, 2011
It had been a long night — a concert, a reunion with an old friend, a midnight meal — but as the clock ticked past 2 a.m. Quincy Jones sat in a rare state of silence in his estate at the very top of Bel-Air. The man they call Q nodded at the...
| Jul 18, 2010
When journalists ask Herbie Hancock which musicians he listens to, he thinks that they're expecting him to say Oscar Peterson and Chick Corea -- that is, virtuoso jazz pianists like himself.
"I do listen to those musicians," Hancock said recently,...
| Jan 16, 2011
The Man Who Recorded the World
Viking: 438 pp., $29.95
Alan Lomax was a titanic figure whose ambitions were even greater than his formidable energies. Beginning his career as a folklorist in the 1930s with field recordings of...
| Feb 6, 2011
Wynton Marsalis is explaining jazz to me by talking about my boots. He is coming to Walt Disney Concert Hall this weekend to play his ambitious new composition, "Swing Symphony," with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But before we get into musical details,...
| Aug 14, 2011
An eclectic group will assemble onstage Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl to riff on the work of Joni Mitchell. Oddly, one thing many of these artists — who range from jazz to folk to indie rock — have in common is that they arrived late...
| Nov 6, 2011
Forty-five years ago this week at United Western Recorders, near Sunset and Vine in Los Angeles, Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, along with a radio interviewer, were hanging out in a studio with a grand piano, a microphone and a work in progress called...
| Jun 5, 2011
Even if you haven't yet heard of Ambrose Akinmusire, you might think you know what his lauded new album "When the Heart Emerges Glistening" sounds like. Jazz — particularly jazz trumpet — is a loaded business, one in which swaths of...