Review of The Guitar Simplified by Neil Santos

Genre: Music Guide, Method Book Page Count: 105 Pages The Guitar Simplified, in the words of Neil Santos is “everything you ever wanted to know about music theory and guitar but were afraid to ask.” The book was published by Scale Trainer in 2012, and it serves as a beautifully illustrated guide to the guitar …

Review of Phil Perry’s Say Yes

Phil Perry’s most recent release, Say Yes, is a soulful and refreshing project that features guests Chante Moore and Najee. Released on March 12, 2013 with Shanachie, this album is forty minutes well-produced and soothing music. Say Yes is Perry’s tenth album as a solo artist. Perry was born and raised in East St Louis. …

Review of the Warren Hill Saxophone Summit 2013

This past weekend, the first annual Warren Hill Saxophone Summit was held at the Double Tree Hotel in Santa Ana, California on March 23-24, 2013. Warren Hill’s Saxophone Summit was a two-day event geared towards saxophonists and saxophone fans featuring a collection of fantastic performers and speakers as part of the summit. Each day was …

Review of NAMM 2013 Part II

This is Part II of our review of NAMM 2013. You can read the first article here: NAMM 2013 Part I. To avoid the crowds, we skipped the show on Saturday and went Sunday once things had settled down. Although it seemed like a good idea to skip a day, we missed out a few …

Review of NAMM 2013 Part I

I have opted to split my report on NAMM 2013 into two separate articles. In the first, I’ll review some of what stood out the first two days and in the second I’ll discuss the final two days of the show. They changed things around a bit at NAMM this year, hoping to improve the …

Review of Darryl Williams at Spaghettini’s Dec 2012

This last Sunday was one of several opportunities that I have had to see bass player Darryl Williams perform with his band and he never fails to impress audiences with his energetic music and talented group. The line up this past weekend included U-Nam on guitar, Tony Moore on drums, Jason Weber on sax, Greg …

Lane Stowe “Have Groove Will Travel” Review

This article is a guest post by Joel Perkosky. Many jazzers complain today that they cannot bring jazz into the modern music scene. While this might be true, there are numerous artists making jazz into a more ‘desirable’ art form for the new generation. One of these artists, in my humble opinion, is a man …

Review of IAJE in 2006

International Association of Jazz Education Convention IAJE 2006 in New York, NY For the second year in a row I had the opportunity to attend the International Association of Jazz Education in New York, New York. Last year, the IAJE 2005 conference was in my home state, California, just a short drive away in Long …

Review of a Kurt Elling performance in 2006

Kurt Elling at Catalina’s New Year’s Week 06 Once again, the incredible jazz vocalist Kurt Elling was out at Catalina‚Äôs Bar and Grill, performing with his quartet. So, once more, I made the trip out to enjoy a night of fantastic music. Performing two shows every night from Tuesday to Saturday, I had plenty of …

Review of the Yellowjackets Concert in 06-03-2005

The Yellowjackets were out at Catalina’s in Hollywood, California, and being a fan of the group, I just had to go. I called in to make a reservation, jumped in the car and headed out to Hollywood to attend the 10:30 set and because I was early, I got to hear the last two songs …