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December 2021

Toast of the Nation 2022

As we mark another 365 days around the sun, it is time to reflect and celebrate gloriously. This year we have a lot to be thankful for, including our ability to enjoy live music again. For our annual Toast of the Nation party, we…

Tony Williams obituary | Jazz

Tony Williams, an old school friend of mine who died at the age of 80 from complications from Alzheimer's disease, was a record producer, the founder of Spotlite Records and a pioneer of music appreciation. modern jazz.Born in Enfield,…

Ruth Goller on her best bass albums

Ruth Goller's career is based on an intoxicating mix of jazz talent and punk attitude. Originally from the Italian Alps, but based in London, she plays both electric bass and double bass. Over the years, she has been featured on a long…

Back in the swing

JAZZY STYLES — At left, Sophie Holt sings Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" with the Great Studio C Band at the Simi Valley Jazz and Dance Club event on December 12 at 99.1 Ranch Radio Studios in downtown Simi Valley. The…

Obituary: Linda Nunn

Linda nunn Linda nunn Linda Kilgore Nunn, 73, died suddenly on December 2, 2021 at Mesa View Hospital in Mesquite, Nevada, from an acute brain aneurysm. She was born on November 15, 1947 in Laramie Wyoming to Helen (Wolfe) Kilgore and Ken…

Jeff Parker: Forfolks album review

After a quarter of a century as the hub of Chicago's experimental jazz and rock scene, guitarist Jeff Parker finally made his solo debut in 2016 on the aptly named Slight freedom. For years Parker had incorporated his chiseled guitar…

Best Classical Music of 2021

Rarely, however, has one or other of the pieces deployed the full force of the orchestra. "Vista" opens with an oboe game; "Innocence", with just a handful of bass instruments before the entry of a howling bassoon. No note is foreign,…

A hot pianist at his hottest

Hampton Hawes was born in Los Angeles in 1928, the son of a Presbyterian minister. His mother was the church pianist, and he started picking tunes on his knees at home when he was little. He learned to play on his own, and…