Ricky Richardson

Ricky Richardson

The year 2005 proved to be a landmark year for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, that featured many powerful and talented artist who performed for an attentive audience during my visit for the 1st weekend of JazzFest, April 22nd April 24th. The 2005 JazzFest was held on the Fairgrounds Race Track from April 22-May 1st.

The national advertisement stated "calling JazzFest a musical festival is like calling gumbo soup." There is a lot of truth to this statement when you consider all

Los Angeles-The summer outdoor music festival season concluded on a high note. You and I probably were in attendance at one or more of the various festivals, which were held from Memorial Day Weekend through the weekend of October 2nd and 3rd.

Jazz At Drew Legacy Music Series & Cultural Marketplace Presented by Honda-celebrated its 14th year as one of Southern California’s most popular music and charity event. This year, as in the past, a stellar line-up of jazz, R&B legends performed for a c

Long Beach-Here we go again. Another jazz festival is upon us. Not just any jazz festival, this is the annual Long Beach Jazz Festival. This is by far the premier jazz festival of Southern California. This is the most anticipated festival of the year.

August 13th-15th was a busy weekend in Los Angeles. Think of all of the various events available to attend, such as the Watts Summer Festival, St. Andrews Place Jazz Festival, St. Elmo Village Festival, and of course the Olympic Games broadcast

Hollywood-The 6th Annual Thurman Green Scholarship Jazz Festival was held on August 8th at the Musicians Union.

A small but lively and enthusiastic crowd of lovers of jazz music gathered to hear jazz, funk, local and future legends of jazz share their passion for America’s number one art form: JAZZ.

Michael Sessions Sextet kicked off the days festivities promptly at 1:00PM. This talented saxophonist is a master of all reed instruments. Backing this local legend were Steve Smith-trumpet, Ph

The 26th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival presented in co-operation with the L.A. Philharmonic Association ushered in a new era for the Historic Hollywood Bowl.

The newly renovated bandshell at the Hollywood Bowl cost a hefty 24 million dollars. Ask any of the 35,000 jazz fans in attendance, they would say that it was worth every penny. An improved sound system was installed as well as a new giant screens, so that people in the nosebleed section could enjoy the entire action taken place on stage.


Good Times

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Summertime is here, regardless if you are ready for all of the good times that this season brings. This festive season officially began during Memorial Day Weekend. The weekend was celebrated in various ways: trips to Las Vegas, camping, daily trips to the beach and of course partaking in outdoor festivals. Saturday-Perhaps you were fortunate enough to attend the Old Pasadena SummerFest at Brookside Park in Pasadena. This event had something for the entire family as well for the entire community

Blues Fest Has Soul

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Blues Fest Got Soul The Monterey Bay Blues Festival will be history by the time you read this review. This year’s festival was historical for several reasons. Congress have declared the year 2003 as the Year of The Blues, this festival concluded Black Music Month on a soulful note, and this was the 18th anniversary of the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, which called for a celebration.

The operative phrase for the weekend of June 27-29 was hot, hot, hot. The weather person called for a weekend of

Hollywood-36,000 people descended upon the Hollywood Bowl for the 25th Annual (Silver Anniversary) of the internationally acclaimed festival and premier jazz event: The Playboy Jazz Festival.

The distinguished L.A. County High School For The Arts Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jason Goldman opened the program with their interpretations of jazz standards and Latin jazz tunes. The future of jazz rest in good hands thanks in part to Dr. Dan Castro-Chair of the Music Department at Cal State Los Angel

Hundreds of people crowded into the Musicians Union at 817 N. Vine St. in Hollywood for a memorial concert for the late great tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards. This memorial was filled with lots of jazz, blues and great camarade. Teddy Edwards was remembered as a fun loving, father, brother, uncle and friend by all who knew him.

Teddy Edwards passed away on April 20th, in Los Angeles at the age of 78, after a long bout with prostate cancer. Many people in the audience have seen Teddy perform a

Some people’s idea of celebrating the official start of Autumn is to relax at home with some food, a nice bottle of wine and to check out the many sporting events on the television. For 45,000 die-hard jazz fans, the 45th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival had all that and more. Great golf, good food, nice wine, and some top names in blues, jazz and Latin jazz musicians were on hand to add to this festive occasion, considered by jazz aficionados as "The Annual Rites of Autumn."

Friday night could

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