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Jazz picks: Marc Ribot, Austin Peralta remembered and more — A selection of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows this weekend. Marc Ribot @ Royce Hall A constantly exploring guitarist who has often been heard applying a flinty edge to recordings by Tom Waits, Marc Ribot paid tribute to giants of the jazz saxophone with this year's bracing trio recording, "Live at the Village Vanguard."

Jazz picks: Miguel Zenon, Pharoah Sanders and more — Ross Hammond and Jeff Parker at Battery Books Though guitarist Ross Hammond is based in Sacramento, he deserves honorary local status in his many collaborations with fixtures on the L.A. improvised music scene that include Vinnie Golia and Alex Cline.

Jazz picks: Monk Institute competition, Gilad Hekselman — A selection of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows coming this weekend. Gilad Hekselmen Trio at the Blue Whale The Israel-born guitarist has established himself as a talent to watch in recent years, most recently with the lush and eclectic 2013 album "This Just In," which at times recalls the intricate sound of Kurt Rosenwinkel.

Review: Herbie Hancock memoir 'Possibilities' has scattered high notes — Herbie Hancock has had the kind of career that's unlikely to ever be duplicated. Appearing on landmark recordings with Miles Davis as well as his own band in the 1960s, Hancock memorably scaled to even greater fame while fusing jazz and funk with the Headhunters in the '70s and becoming the first crossover hip-hop artist in the early '80s with the Grammy-winning "Rockit."

Jazz picks: Dave Liebman, Stefon Harris and more this weekend — A selection of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows in the days ahead. Dylan Ryan's Sand at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts One of the tougher ones to categorize, L.A.-by-way-of-Chicago drummer Dylan Ryan draws freely from elements of twisted metal, post-rock and free jazz for a trio called Sand.

Thelonious Monk Competition, gala returns to L.A. in November — The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has unveiled that its annual gala and competition will be coming to Los Angeles this fall. A nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the message of jazz around the world, the institute's highest-profile effort is its annual competition, which in recent years has been held at its home base of Washington, D.C.

Thom Yorke's 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes' holds few surprises — If you've been following the arc of Thom Yorke and Radiohead, it probably doesn't need to be said that his latest solo album isn't a back-to-basics affair. Put another way: No, Yorke still isn't interested in guitars. Vaguely hinted at by Yorke in a few cryptic tweets -- including one of a rotating white LP -- this eight-track album debuted Friday.

Coltrane's live 'Offering' shakes the room — The two-disc "Offering" practically begins mid-sentence, with John Coltrane already into the opening number "Naima" before the engineer for Temple University's WRTI radio station could hit the "record" button. Just nine months away from his death of liver cancer in 1967, Coltrane was still a step ahead.

Fall arts preview 2014: Pop music and jazz listings — Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, AFI Three bands from the upper tiers of today's hard rock team up for a big triple bill.

Saxophonist Steve Coleman honored with MacArthur "genius grant" — Influential saxophonist, composer and educator Steve Coleman has been named as one of the 2014 MacArthur Fellows. In presenting the honor, the MacArthur Foundation praised the 57-year-old Coleman for "infusing iconic spontaneous music idioms with the melodic, rhythmic and structural components of an eclectic range of musical traditions to create a distinctive new sound."
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Nov 21, 2014

Ah, Florida MT @ZeitchikLAT Talked to about half-dozen ticketholders outside #BillCosby show. Reax range from shrug to liberal conspiracy

Nov 21, 2014

Going into the Smoke Sessions rabbit hole and not coming out (rec'd antidote of choice for that earlier tweet)

Nov 21, 2014

Just learned Dave Koz is helping open a jazz club in Beverly Hills. Their website drains my spirit

Nov 21, 2014

Oh hey Marc Ribot is playing @CAP_UCLA tonight -- I suggest you see him (plus a few more picks)…

Nov 21, 2014

Breaking: Taylor Swift bests carbon rod for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence honors… #Simpsons

Nov 20, 2014

This Mike Nichols remembrance in Vanity Fair is probably the most Vanity Fair thing I've ever read…

Nov 20, 2014

I'd say I slept on this new Winged Victory for the Sullen record but i think i need to phrase it differently #everyoneslowdown

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