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  •  New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
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  • Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave.  His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
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  • Law school creates more than a few challenges. There are hours upon hours of studying, grueling hours interning at law firms, and financial bills that need to find a way to get paid. For many law students the adversity is…
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    Adekemi Owens, known professionally and affectionately to music fans as "Kem," has come a long way from Nashville, Tennessee to his current hometown of Detroit, Michigan. So, one figures that is why this musical genius has written and performed songs…
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Ricky Richardson

Ricky Richardson

The official dedication of the Nat King Cole Post Office at 265 South Western, in Los Angeles was held on December 7th,2002.

This ceremony had all the making of a Hollywood movie, as Postmaster James Smith, U.S. Postal Service District Manager William Almarez, Councilman Tom LaBonge(4th District), Congressman Xavier Becerra (United States House of Representatives, 30th District of California)were joined by Nat King Coles family-his widow, brother Freddie, two daughters-Natalie and Carole, and …

Hollywood-California is very fortunate to be home to many celebrities, (i.e,movies stars,sports stars, literary stars, and musical stars from different genres.

Matriarch of the blues, legendary singer Etta James was honored with the 2,223rd star on the world famous Holly wood Walk of Fame. The star for Ms. James was unveiled at 7080 Hollywood Blvd., near The Gateway of the Walk of Fame at Hollywood and LaBrea.

Johnny Grant, honorary Mayor of Hollywood and Chairman of the Walk of Fame Commi …

Chrysler’s Old Pasadena Summer Fest Pasadena-Over 100,000 people were in attendance at the Chrysler’s Old Pasadena Summer Fest. This family friendly event officially kicked off the summer season. The weather was pleasantly cool for this extremely popular annual celebration.

The Chrysler’s Old Pasadena Summer Fest was a three-day extravaganza offering event goers five spectacular events umbrellaed under one banner, including the Family Fun Fest, Summer Arts Fest, A Taste of Summer, The Sports …

Jazz Sizzles in New Exhibition At CAAM

Photo and Text by Ricky Richardson

Los Angeles-In the words of New Orleans jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton, jazz was born with a "Spanish tinge." A bilingual traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian, Latin Jazz: La Combinacion Perfecta," opened at the California African American Museum on July 16, 2005 and will remain on view until October 8, 2005.

Important industry personalities-an interesting mixture of musicians, pro …

Los Angeles-The beautiful, well manicured lawn of the Playboy Mansion was the perfect setting for the annual Playboy Jazz Festival Press Conference. Los Angeles County High School For The Arts Jazz Combo-Daniel Richardson-saxophone, Greg Diaz-trumpet, Michael McTaggart-guitar, Christopher Bowers-keyboards, Garrett Lang-bass and Max Wrightson-drums provided entertainment for the arriving guest.
This year's line-up is as eclectic as ever with a mixture of musical genres to please everyone who w …
The year 2005 proved to be a landmark year for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, that featured many powerful and talented artist who performed for an attentive audience during my visit for the 1st weekend of JazzFest, April 22nd April 24th. The 2005 JazzFest was held on the Fairgrounds Race Track from April 22-May 1st.

The national advertisement stated "calling JazzFest a musical festival is like calling gumbo soup." There is a lot of truth to this statement when you consider all

Los Angeles-The summer outdoor music festival season concluded on a high note. You and I probably were in attendance at one or more of the various festivals, which were held from Memorial Day Weekend through the weekend of October 2nd and 3rd.

Jazz At Drew Legacy Music Series & Cultural Marketplace Presented by Honda-celebrated its 14th year as one of Southern California’s most popular music and charity event. This year, as in the past, a stellar line-up of jazz, R&B legends performed for a c

Long Beach-Here we go again. Another jazz festival is upon us. Not just any jazz festival, this is the annual Long Beach Jazz Festival. This is by far the premier jazz festival of Southern California. This is the most anticipated festival of the year.

August 13th-15th was a busy weekend in Los Angeles. Think of all of the various events available to attend, such as the Watts Summer Festival, St. Andrews Place Jazz Festival, St. Elmo Village Festival, and of course the Olympic Games broadcast

Hollywood-The 6th Annual Thurman Green Scholarship Jazz Festival was held on August 8th at the Musicians Union.

A small but lively and enthusiastic crowd of lovers of jazz music gathered to hear jazz, funk, local and future legends of jazz share their passion for America’s number one art form: JAZZ.

Michael Sessions Sextet kicked off the days festivities promptly at 1:00PM. This talented saxophonist is a master of all reed instruments. Backing this local legend were Steve Smith-trumpet, Ph

The 26th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival presented in co-operation with the L.A. Philharmonic Association ushered in a new era for the Historic Hollywood Bowl.

The newly renovated bandshell at the Hollywood Bowl cost a hefty 24 million dollars. Ask any of the 35,000 jazz fans in attendance, they would say that it was worth every penny. An improved sound system was installed as well as a new giant screens, so that people in the nosebleed section could enjoy the entire action taken place on stage.

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