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Get Your Crazy Feet Ready: Soggy Po’ Boys and the New Orleans Vibe

Named for an overstuffed Nawlins sandwich drenched in flavor and seasonings, the Soggy Po’ Boys are determined to bring the spunk and funk of ridiculously fun early-South music to wherever there are music lovers! Their latest foray is to the... Continue Reading →

Tonally and Totally Open with Drummer Sean Noonan

Just released June 1 is an oeuvre by self-proclaimed folklorist and drummer Sean Noonan, who is deeply moved by sounds and traditions of global cultures. “The Aqua Diva” is simultaneously melodic yet unsettling; rhythmic yet shifting in its time-perspective; and... Continue Reading →

All Roads Lead to “Interchange”: Floris Kappeyne Jazzes it Up

Pianist Floris Kappeyne has a hefty magic up his sleeves when he plays the opening notes to “Prelude;” the keys are under his spell and respond as multi-colored, acoustic ornaments. This is the first track of the 2017 debut CD... Continue Reading →

Exploration & Celebration Outside the Boundaries: Sasha Mashin

After an incredible drum solo by Sasha Mashin that opens the song “Sipiagin’s Mood,” the band takes off with a funky and boppy energy. Keys carve a groove; vocals lift the song higher; then a melodic and soul-searing trumpet takes... Continue Reading →

The Guitar as Painter’s Brush: “Portrait” with Tal Arditi

With a delicate touch, the first track of Tal Arditi’s debut album establishes the camaraderie between the ensemble who are really a few friends making music together. Arditi’s guitar sweetly rings out, the bass echoes the foundation of the tune... Continue Reading →

Plumbing the Silky Depths – Vocals with Nicolas Bearde

Picture-painting comes easily to Nicolas Bearde. Listening to “Lush Life,” for example, puts you in the center of the emotional agony of an out-of-grasp love. The ups and downs and mid-tones of Bearde’s vocal range are applied with authenticity; in... Continue Reading →

Phenomenal Fidelity: Yotam Ben-Or on Harmonica

Composer, harmonica player and percussionist Yotam Ben-Or is an explorer of sorts, having very little formal training but giving himself over to a great, big love affair with the harmonica. His inquisitiveness has reaped heaps, as he’s got the chops... Continue Reading →

Soaring in the Clouds: A Masterful French Horn with Bob Watt

A solo debut that taps on the shoulder of many genres is the latest outstanding contribution by the Assistant Principal French horn player for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bob Watt. His symphonic career has spanned nearly four decades, and he... Continue Reading →

Jazzabilly – Where Kalen Henry Meets Nat King Cole

Fledgling jazz artist Kalen Henry gives fresh and unique voicings to the classics by the unforgettable Nat King Cole. With a new CD called “Not Forgotten,” each track is hand-picked to show her colorful range and innate sense of timing.... Continue Reading →

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