By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon As New Orleans spends the full year of 2018 celebrating its 300th birthday, the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been [...]
By Jenny Peters The 39th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival Presented by the LA Phil rolled back into the Hollywood Bowl on June 10 and 11, 2017, and as usual, a fantastic time was [...]
Medeski, Martin & Wood (www.mmw.net/) brought their unique blend of free jazz, soul, funk, and electonica to the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles (www.theelrey.com/) on Thursday, February 18. The band is touring in celebration of the release of "Radiolarians: The Evolutionary Set," a box set from their label, Indirecto Records. MMW play music that is not what anyone would consider radio friendly. There are no vocals, and their style, although rooted in jazz, does not easily fit into a set category. Their knowledgeable and dedicated fans certainly don’t seem to mind. On this night, everyone in attendance enjoyed an improvisational exploration of music without boundaries.