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Makaya McCraven's 'In the Moment' captures the spirit of Chicago jazz scene

latimes.com — Makaya McCraven, "In the Moment" (International Anthem) Home to a wealth of riches such as the Jazz Record Mart, the Green Mill and the ever-fertile Assn. for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Chicago's modern jazz scene continues to be one of the most vibrant in the country.

Playboy Jazz Festival keeps the party moving at the Bowl

latimes.com — "We'd like to play a piece for Ornette Coleman," Jason Moran told the Playboy Jazz Festival crowd late Saturday afternoon. Moran was midway though a rambunctious set with his R&B-soaked tribute to Fats Waller, and the Hollywood Bowl crowd, perhaps a little distracted by the approaching dinner hour and occasional low-flying beach ball, didn't respond to the mention of the groundbreaking saxophonist, who died Thursday at age 85.

Playboy Jazz Festival still an L.A. star after 37 years

courant.com — Even after 37 years, the Playboy Jazz Festival remains the biggest event of its kind for Southern California music fans. Now in its second year as a co-production with the L.A. Philharmonic (and Herb Hancock, its creative chair for jazz), the latest installment of the festival is among its strongest in years, particularly for those who never fully embraced its annual nods toward the crowd-pleasing smooth-jazz genre.

Playboy Jazz Festival still an L.A. star after 37 years

latimes.com — Even after 37 years, the Playboy Jazz Festival remains the biggest event of its kind for Southern California music fans. Now in its second year as a co-production with the L.A. Philharmonic (and Herb Hancock, its creative chair for jazz), the latest installment of the festival is among its strongest in years, particularly for those who never fully embraced its annual nods toward the crowd-pleasing smooth-jazz genre.

Stephen Colbert names 'Social Music' artist Jon Batiste bandleader

latimes.com — As the tears dry from David Letterman's recent final episode and its many tributes, anticipation is building for the debut of his "Late Show" replacement, Stephen Colbert. Thursday found the former "Colbert Report" host shaving his mariner-esque beard to commemorate his return to the spotlight, and today he released a short video announcing his bandleader, Jon Batiste, in a brief, beignet-laden video.

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B.B. King was poisoned, two of his daughters say; investigation begins

orlandosentinel.com — On May 14, the music world shook with news of the death of storied blues guitarist B.B. King. Now, two of his daughters are claiming the 89-year-old died as a result of poisoning.

B.B. King's daughters say guitarist was poisoned; investigation under way

chicagotribune.com — On May 14, the music world shook with news of the death of storied blues guitarist B.B. King. Now, two of his daughters are claiming the 89-year-old died as a result of poisoning.

B.B. King's daughters say guitarist was poisoned; investigation under way

latimes.com — On May 14, the music world shook with news of the death of storied blues guitarist B.B. King. Now, two of his daughters are claiming the 89-year-old died as a result of poisoning.

B.B. King: Five tracks to hear beyond "The Thrill Is Gone"

chicagotribune.com — One of the biggest voices in blues and blues guitar, B.B. King's discography stretches back almost 60 years. And just about any music listener can call to mind his signature track "The Thrill Is Gone" by memory along with "When Love Comes to Town," his '80s pairing with U2.
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Jun 30, 2015

Oh, so Ask Bobby has nothing to do with King of the Hill? Fine, then.

Jun 29, 2015

So how do you listen to other music after watching "What Happened, Miss Simone" on Netflix? Been two days now, I still might not come back

Jun 29, 2015

Lighting a candle in the window for the many who pitch their 'music band' my way.

Jun 27, 2015

RT @ZeitchikLAT: Obama’s Amazing Grace moment was hardly the first time he used spontaneous singing to humanizing effect latimes.com/entertainment/…

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