December 5, 2013
A musical partnership that reaches back 20 years, the meeting of drummer Scott Amendola with seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter has yielded a wealth of memorable recordings, including Hunter's album-length cover of Bob Marley's "Natty Dread" and 2012's sparkling duet, "Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead. " Here the two reconvene in support of the groove-heavy "Pucker," a new duet album featuring Amendola as lead songwriter. The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Suite 301, Los Angeles.
September 18, 2013 |
Scientists probing a giant plug of earwax pulled from a dead blue whale have discovered in its hardened layers a detailed biography of the wild animal's life, from birth to death, in 6-month chapters. Their new technique, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, arms researchers with a tool to understand a whale's hormonal and chemical biography -- and a window into how pollutants, some long discontinued, still pervade...
August 15, 2013
Vocalist Gretchen Parlato possesses a vision as rich as her voice on her 2012 album, "The Lost and Found," which found her adding her own lyrics to songs by Wayne Shorter and Ambrose Akinmusire alongside covers of Mary J. Blige's "All That I Can Say" (written by Lauryn Hill) and a surprisingly sultry reworking of that dentist-office fixture "Holding Back the Years" by Simply Red's Mick Hucknall. Here she performs in a duet with pianist Taylor Eigsti. The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St., Suite 301. Sat., 9 p.m. $15. http://www.bluewhalemusic.com .
May 14, 2013 |
Los Angeles can be tough on newcomers, particularly among musicians. A key figure in the fertile Chicago jazz scene and member of the groundbreaking indie band Tortoise, guitarist Jeff Parker is midway through a relocation to L.A. that has found him straddling two cities during the last few months. Though Parker never wanted for gigs in a city that found him collaborating with musicians who included the late saxophonist Fred Anderson, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and flutist Nicole Mitchell, Los Angeles has proved to be a bit of a challenge so far. "There's so many great musicians out here, man....
April 4, 2013
With a bright, fluid tone and a deft improvisational hand, young Israeli-born guitarist Gilad Hekselman is a rising star on the New York City jazz scene. Here he performs from his latest album, "This Just In," a primarily trio-oriented record due Tuesday that features guest turns from saxophonist Mark Turner. In the second of a two-night stand, Hekselman will be joined by local bassist Dave Robaire and drummer Mark Ferber. The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St., Suite 301, L.A. Thu., 9 p.m. $15. http://www.bluewhalemusic.com.
March 14, 2013
As if the weather weren't enough for Angelenos to gloat about, jazz fans got yet another reason when Ambrose Akinmusire returned to his West Coast roots as an instructor at USC's Thornton School of Music. That means more opportunities to catch a unique, restless talent, including this residency, which should hint toward his next moves following his justly celebrated Blue Note debut, "When the Heart Emerges Glistening. " The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301, L.A. Fri.-Sun., 9 p.m. $15. http://www.bluewhalemusic.com.