From Grooving in the Playboy Jazz Crowd to Playing on the Festival Stage

Ulysses Bella of East Los Angeles was one of those hard-partying music fans way up in the back of the 18,000-seat Hollywood Bowl the first few times he attended the annual Playboy Jazz Festival there, a couple decades ago. On Saturday, June 16, the tenor sax player makes his fifth appearance as a performer on Read More

Famed Rock Bassist Tim Bogert Guest of Honor at All-Star Bash

This is the preview; a recap follows with a link to  photos from the event. You can nurse your St. Paddy’s night hangover at the Courtyard by Marriott in Valencia on Sunday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. There’s a big jam celebrating the retirement of local resident and legendary rock bass player Tim Bogert (left) Read More

Local Faves Sheila E., Ozomatli On Playboy Jazz Bill In June

Latin and rock drummer/percussionist Sheila E. and multi-cultural genre-mashing septet Ozomatli, who’ve both appeared in the Santa Clarita Valley and developed a local fan base, are among the headliners of the 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Father’s Day weekend, June 16-17. The lineup was unveiled by longtime festival emcee Bill Read More

Grateful Dead-Jefferson Starship at Lindley Meadows, 9/28/75

A very slightly edited version of a feature concert review first published in Cash Box magazine Oct. 11, 1975. By Stephen K. Peeples Associate Editor All photographs: Matthew Cupp SAN FRANCISCO – It’s an interesting sight to see upwards of 25,000 people smiling furiously on a cold and overcast day in San Francisco, as they Read More