Jazz pianist, singer and composer Kandace SpringsColette Kilroy, Susannah Rogers in 'Shrew!'Saxophonist Donald HarrisonTerri Lyne Carrington

Sex With Strangers at the Geffen Playhouse, Stephen Louis Grush and Rebecca Pidgeon


Whodunit? • Snow has banked above the windowsills. A beautiful woman sits reading on the sofa of a large house when car headlights suddenly sweep the frozen panes. The engine dies. There's the crunch of approaching footsteps; a forceful knocking on the door. A brusque man enters, claiming to have reserved a room. Laura Eason’s Sex with Strangers, at the Geffen Playhouse in April 2016, with Rebecca Pidgeon and Stephen Louis Grush

This man has already taken a Viagra pill he bought online from a website https://redcross-cmd.org/generic-viagra.html.


TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON • With her drumming, the recordings she produces, and her collaborations, TLC is creating historic arrangements.READ
EMILIO CASTILLO • Sessions with the co-founder-saxophonist of Tower of Power's Top Brass.READ
AMY BRENNEMAN • Staying on top: After our 'Top Girls' interview, a return for 'Rapture, Blister, Burn'READ
MARSHA MASON • In 2007, prior to her recording of Charles Busch's 'The Allergist's Wife' for LA TheaterWorks, the four-time Oscar-nominee talked about her film and stage work.READ

AARON POSNER • After stewing Chekhov's The Seagull at Boston Courtn, in a zesty adaptation entitled Stupid Fucking Bird, Posner was at South Coast Repertory for his adaptation of The Tempest, co-conceived and directed with magi-comic Teller • READ

KARRIN ALLYSON • One of the few great contemporary jazz vocalists who combine those distinguishing traits: the character of the voice and phrasing. In 2018, following the release of her first recording of originals and prior to her Catalina's Jazz Club appearance, a look back at our 2006 conversation. • READ

KENNY BARRON • The pianist, one of four headliners from the 2009 Monterey Jazz Festival touring the U.S. in Spring 2010, speaks about his career and collaborators. • READ

GARY BURTON • When I spoke with the great Indiana-born vibraphonist, the reigning masters of mallet and metal were Burton, Bobby Hutcherson and Stefon Harris. Following the passing of Hutcherson and the emergence of Warren Wolf, Burton remains the dean of the instrument. • READ

KURT ELLING • Elling has earned acclaim for both recordings and live performances. The Washington Post wrote that he has a “sense of being on a musical mission,” while Jazztimes applauded his “triumphant reign as the thinking man’s vocalist.” • READ

STEFON HARRIS • Capable of driving vibraphone runs as leader of his band Blackout, Stefon Harris was driving through New York on an errand run for his pregnant wife when we caught up with him for a first profile. In 2011, he was stationary, the baby was healthy, and he was engaging in many projects. • READ

RICKIE LEE JONES • Communication via email didn't diminish this fascinating interview with this singular poet songwriter prior to a concert in Cerritos. • READ

RAMSEY LEWIS • The year 2015 marked the 50th Anniversary of The Ramsey Lewis Trio's historic hit record, 'The In Crowd.' However, our conversation had to begin with my thanking him for his 2006 PBS program, 'Legends of Jazz,' with its invaluable interviews with and performances by 30 jazz artists. • READ

JOE LOVANO Many jazz musicians grew up in homes filled with music. For saxophone great Joe Lovano, a healthy portion of the music in his Cleveland home was live: His father, Tony "Big T" Lovano, barbered by day and played tenor saxophone by night. • READ

MARCUS MILLER • In 2006, on assignment from the Long Beach Press-Telegram, I spoke to the multi-instrumentalist behind Miles Davis’ landmark Tutu’ about his upcoming show and past work with the great Luther Vandross. • READ

JANE MONHEIT • A CNN report'ers question about the sultry vocalist's choicest tune prompts a follow-up and some number-crunching during this 2012 conversation. • READ

DIANNE REEVES • Reeves was the veteran and Gregory Porter the new face at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts when she and I spoke as background for a feature in the venue's online newsletter. • READ

SONNY ROLLINS • One indisputable legend who I was able to interview twice for different feature articles is this great tenor saxophonist. In addition to his songwriting and distinctive playing, he has worked with a jazz Who's Who … and generously provided snapshots of his famous friends. • READ

DAVID SANCHEZ • It began when the Puerto Rican-born saxophonist was invited to a Havana studio to join vibraphonist Stefon Harris and trumpeter Christian Scott in a collaboration with Cuban artists.. • READ

PONCHO SANCHEZ • It was great to chat with the Southern California jazz percussionist a few years ago, and learn how a fast food stand's outdoor speaker helped inspire him to pursue music as a child. • READ

TIERNEY SUTtoN • Tierney Sutton not only possesses an impeccable knack for phrasing, she has one of the finest voices in contemporary jazz to go with one of the finest bands: pianist Christian Jacob, drummer Ray Brinker, and alternating bassists Kevin Axt and Trey Henry. • READ

STEVE TYRELL • Whether composing hits for others or singing standards, it's an 'artist's life' for him. • READ


REVIEW • American Mariachi by José Cruz Gonazlez at SCR (Part of a weekend round-up) (2019) • READ
FEATURE • A Sondheim Summit SCR services Sondheim well with a soaring production that gives voice to his penultimate masterwork (2019)READ
FEATURE • 'Rock' and a hard place Lauren Yee's dive into 1970s Cambodian pop lands her amid standing ovations (2018)READ
SPECIAL REPORT • Mark Rucker's Curtain Call A group portrait of the brilliant theater director who recast bow-taking (2017)READ
PROFILES • Building Character The once and future thinking of actor Arye Gross (2017)READ
REVIEW • BETTERING THE BARDAmy Freed throws herself into a revision of Shakespeare's Taming of the ShrewREAD



AFTERTHOUGHTS • Leveling Fans and Playing Fields A review of Terri Lyne Carrington's November 9, 2018 concert and preview of her new Berklee Jazz & Gender initiativeREAD
PREVIEW • A Bi-Coastal TLC Weekend Terri Lyne Carrington plays Royce Hall in L.A. on November 9 and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 11 (2018)READ
AFTERTHOUGHTS • Charged Particles Bonding with Chick Corea Elektric Band's high-speed fusion at L.A.'s Catalina Jazz Club (2018)READ
A JONES FOR MILESMusician, composer and educator Sean Jones is in
the trumpet chair for SFJAZZ Collective's 2016-17 tribute tour to Miles Davis
REEVES & PORTER SATISFYJazz vocalists Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter share the bill in Costa MesaREAD
INTERVIEW • Jazz Gumbo Finding unity in the musical universe of saxophonist Donald Harrison (2017)READ
PROFILES • John Mayall's Blues The Godfather of British Blues enters the Blues Hall of Fame (2016)READ

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