By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place at the Fair Grounds racetrack each day from about 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. And while the [...]
Los Angeles area drummers, students, and funk music fans had an extraordinary opportunity to get an up close view of one of the world’s most prolific musicians from New Orleans. Stanton Moore, the brilliant master of the skins, and founding member of Galactic, brought his Stanton Moore Trio to the Mint for a Wednesday nights residency in July 2011. To add a cherry to the proverbial sundae, Moore gave free drum clinics before each of the Mint gigs. Twenty to forty aspiring drummers, and those just interested in seeing Moore’s incredible technique up close, attended each of the free sessions. Robert Walter, a wizard on the Hammond B3 organ, was a member for all of the Mint gigs, while a different guest joined the trio for each of the four shows.
The San Diego based funk and jazz group, Greyboy Allstars came to the Mint in Los Angeles on April 23, 2011. This group of talented musicians each has other successful musical projects, so a live Allstars show is relatively rare, and highly anticipated by fans. When these guys get together, anything is possible, and a long night of improvisational magic is usually the result. They introduced several new tunes along with many of their standards to a fired up audience.
On December 16, 2010 Soulive (www.soulive.com) rocked the Roxy Theater with a little help from their talented friends, Nigel Hall, and Karl Denson. The band has been on a lengthy tour across the country. The LA show offered a mix of their old funk, jazz, and improvisation material, as well as highlights from their new tribute album, Rubber Soulive
. That album reinterprets the Beatles classics. Nigel Hall, a brilliant vocalist and keyboard player is part of Soulive’s stable of talent at Royal Family Records, their own label. Karl Denson (www.karldenson.us,) who is a saxophone wizard, as well as accomplished flutist and vocalist, joined the band for a few of the tour stops including the one at the Roxy in LA.