Picture This: 6 – Herman Leonard

. We visited the Grammy Museum Friday evening, on Figueroa Sweet at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles. I expected something glitzy and promotional, fit for Universal City Walk and while there are elements, it is a serious small museum, focused on listening experiences, where one can gain a beginning university education in the history and features of twentieth-century American popular music. […]

Jazz Is: 25 – Louis Armstrong: “Dinah”

Even if you’re old enough to remember him, even if you’ve seen film or video, you’ve probably never seen and heard Louis Armstrong like this. He was young, and the cat could scat – and swing. In Copenhagen. [ad#adsense] Related articles The House of Jazzman Louis Armstrong: The Corona, Queens, house where jazz… (curbed.com) Visitors’ […]

Jazz Is: 9 – Louis Armstrong, West End Blues

Let the jazz revolution begin. The 1928, Grammy hall of fame recording by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five, composition by Joe “King” Oliver, with scat and trumpet by Louis and piano by Earl “Fatha” Hines. Listen for Louis’ long, sweet note about 2:35 in. Before there was Miles, there was Louis. ——— Related articles […]