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Angel City Jazz Festival lineup looks global for its 2015 lineup

latimes.com — The Angel City Jazz Festival has announced its lineup for its 2015 installment, and much like Los Angeles, it's a sprawling affair. Spanning the city with 13 performances in seven venues from Sept. 25 to Oct.

'Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975': How many Miles do we have left?

latimes.com — My name is Chris, and I am getting tired of Miles Davis. I recognize this is a little like a food critic declaring they are sick of tacos, or - more specifically - a rock writer claiming they've had enough of the Beatles (guilty on that front too, I'm afraid), but this is the knee-jerk response when another lushly packaged dip into the archives arrives on the release calendar.
Jul 17, 2015

My name is Chris, and I'm getting tired of Miles Davis: On the Bootleg Series at Newport, 1955-1975 latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jul 20, 2015

RT @tedgioia: "My name is Chris, and I am getting tired of Miles Davis...." dld.bz/dM3gB (from @chrisbarton). pic.twitter.com/JPkdmqjAvt

Jul 20, 2015

Too much Miles? @chrisbarton on a new compilation. "My name is Chris and I am getting tired of Miles Davis." latimes.com/entertainment/…

Chris Barton: Brewery tries to bottle the essence of the Grateful Dead

herald-review.com — Can a beer taste like a band sounds? It's an esoteric question but one the proudly esoteric alchemists at the Delaware craft beer company Dogfish Head don't mind asking again and again.

Making the move to the Mac

nzherald.co.nz — The unbearable lightness of a MacBook Air. It's been about 25 years since I last used an Apple computer. My reluctant retirement from the Mac world was forced upon me. At the time I was editing New Zealand PC World, so working on a Mac really wouldn't do - although I always thought the fact that the magazine was produced on Macs was an unacknowledged hypocrisy.

Dogfish Head's American Beauty bids the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well

latimes.com — Can a beer taste like a band sounds? It's an esoteric question but one the proudly esoteric alchemists at the Delaware craft beer company Dogfish Head don't mind asking again and again.
Jul 02, 2015

'Europe 72' and @dogfishbeer's American Beauty didn't quite make me a Grateful Dead fan, but they came close latimes.com/entertainment/…

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.
Jun 14, 2015

My Saturday @PlayboyJazzFest, which included tributes to Gerald Wilson, Fats Waller and a lone nod to Ornette latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jun 14, 2015

RT @chrisbarton: My Saturday @PlayboyJazzFest, which included tributes to Gerald Wilson, Fats Waller and a lone nod to Ornette latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jun 14, 2015

RT @chrisbarton: My Saturday @PlayboyJazzFest, which included tributes to Gerald Wilson, Fats Waller and a lone nod to Ornette latimes.com/entertainment/…

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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.
Jun 09, 2015

RT @anthony__wilson: Gerald Wilson's orchestra & I will see to it that the Hollywood Bowl is filled with his spirit on Saturday evening. ht…

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.
Jun 04, 2015

RT @PopHiss: Stephen Colbert names 'Social Music' artist Jon Batiste bandleader, NYC traffic jams up in advance latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jun 04, 2015

.@JonBatiste named Colbert's bandleader on the Late Show. Think he maybe made an impression on his show last year? latimes.com/entertainment/…

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Jul 31, 2015

Today: I am a big plaid shirt softie and still a sucker for Great Lake Swimmers youtube.com/watch?v=u1wAIM…

Jul 30, 2015

@NedRaggett If you're implying a network chief would say anything but the truth I just won't hear of it.

Jul 30, 2015

'Dope,' Kendrick Lamar, NWA and LA: It's all connected on set with F Gary Gray's 'Straight Outta Compton' latimes.com/entertainment/…

Jul 30, 2015

Almost ready for the Wet Hot American Summer series to confirm none of us are the same anymore.

Jul 30, 2015

And yet Why You Treat Me So Bad was such a good idea. (Send help.)

Jul 30, 2015

Out of everything that went wrong in the 80s, Club Nouveau's electro reggae cover of Lean on Me might be in the top three.

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