Eden Ahbez: the wild, the innocent & the Vine Street shuffle

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[ed. note: author Kirk Silsbee’s story was originally published, in slightly different form, in the L.A.Weekly] Some people only have one hit record in them. History’s one-hit wonders make up a long, sometimes colorful and often tragic legion. Eden Ahbez was lucky. He had a compelling song, with an unusual melody and a gentle message ...

Choreographer’s playlist for “Huma Rojo” … work it!

Dance · Music
Catalonian choreographer Cayetano Soto breaks from the tedium and slathers on the hot sauce. Soto’s tasty group choreography for “Huma Rojo,” his latest work for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, spools to this all-Latin-beat retro-soundtrack: Ray Barretto, El Watusi Xavier Cugat & Orchestra, Apache Perez Prado and His Orchestra, Quizas, Quizas, Quizas Abbe Lane, Whatever Lola ...

Capitol Records “Hollywood Jazz” mural celebrated

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  “Hollywood Jazz – 1945-1972,” a jazz mural, image posted above, commissioned by the Los Angeles Jazz Society, deteriorated since its unveiling on October 27, 1990. But great news — it has just been beautifully restored by Capitol Records. Artists featured in the mural include Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker, Tito Puente, Miles Davis, ...

Satchmo sings “Stardust”

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This nattily dressed young man is Louis Armstrong, age 30. The photo was taken in 1931, the same year in which Armstrong made his groundbreaking recording of Hoagy Carmichael’s plaintive “Stardust.” Here Carmichael plays his own great song. Here’s Nat King Cole. Now here’s Satchmo. Armstrong was by then an experienced Chicago musician, and the ...