Holiday Gift Guide

I got up this morning and saw that that the New York Times has a holiday gift guide recommending…


Here's The Keys...

Wow, is it over already? Four weeks? Man, it just fleeeew by. Welcome back, dawg! OK, so here's the…


REMEMBERING AN INITIATOR OF A REVOLUTION: MITCH MITCHELL

As I lay down to go to sleep on the night of Tuesday, November 11, for some reason I found my…


Bennie Maupin

I'd like to tell you how I met Bennie Maupin. But first let's go back about 35 years. I had just…


Mark Dresser

I first heard bassist Mark Dresser perform live at the much storied New Music Monday series at the…


The Gathering

Big night next Sunday (Nov. 16) at the Jazz Bakery: The Gathering, a multi-racial,…


VonEssen

When the good folks at Greenleaf asked some of us left-coasters at Cryptogramophone to blog on…


Astral Weeks Broadcast Live

Van Morrison is doing a lot of uncharacteristic things lately: giving interviews, making eye…


Nels In New Axe book

Ran into Nels Cline the other night at his brother's memorial concert for the late percussionist…


Pianist/Composer Nate Morgan

SoCal's own Nate Morgan, one of the premier jazz pianists/composers of his generation, suffered a…


The Most Disturbing Commercial Ever Made

It's not a political ad a la LBJ's infamous "Daisy Commercial" - no, in fact, we've had our fill of…


The L.A. Times Mickey Cohen Series

We love making fun of the Times as much as anyone. But last week they ran a bracing 7-part series…