Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses ‘Blow’ Hard on Second Album

Party Band Updates Classic  Jump-Swing Style with New Originals on Second Album, an Out-of-the-Box Jazz Hit On “Blow,” Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses‘ second album, the singer-trumpet player and his rowdy horn-driven party band blow hard and mostly fast on 11 tracks including eight new originals, with barely containable brass and sass. Even more Read More

Brubeck Brothers Honor Dave Brubeck at Playboy Jazz Festival

Sons Honor Dad on Father’s Day at Playboy Jazz Festival By Stephen K. Peeples Anchored by two of the late Dave Brubeck’s four sons, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet will pay tribute to their legendary father’s music and legacy at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16. Known to Read More

Playboy Jazz Festival 2013 Swings June 15-16

Father’s Day Weekend Lineup Stars Sheila E., Naturally 7/Herbie Hancock, Trombone Shorty, the Brubeck Brothers, George Duke/Jeffrey Osborne and 15 More from Legends to Newcomers By Stephen K. Peeples Visit the Peeples Place at KHTS portal. Latin/rock drums and percussion ace Sheila E., vocal group Naturally 7 with Herbie Hancock; smooth jazz legends Bob James/David Read More

Stewart ‘Dirk’ Fischer: An Appreciation

Fischer left a brilliant legacy of 60-plus years of arrangements and compositions. The Santa Clarita Valley lost a legendary composer/arranger and music educator, his family lost its remaining patriarch, and I lost a great friend when Stewart Roussard “Dirk” Fischer checked out on Monday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2013, at the age of 88. On Mar. Read More

‘House Blend’ Launches Season 3 with Sean Wiggins & Paul Houston of lOne gOat

Visit the Peeples Place at KHTS front page. Rock ’n’ soul singer, writer, guitarist, bandleader and indie recording artist Sean Wiggins is the featured performer on the Season 3 premiere of “House Blend,” the WAVE award-nominated music-and-interview program on SCVTV hosted by veteran music journalist Stephen K. Peeples, debuting on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 10 Read More

Prima Jr. & Band pack stage, blow lid off the Malibu Inn

Visit the Peeples Place at KHTS front page. Capping a series of TV and live dates in the L.A. area, Las Vegas-based jump-swing party band Louis Prima Jr.  and The Witnesses featuring singer Sarah Spiegel blew the lid off the Malibu Inn nightclub Saturday night, Sept. 29. Jamming the postage-stamp-sized stage, the nine-piece band decked Read More

Nikhil Korula Band grooves in San Diego

Visit the Peeples Place at KHTS front page.  Blending jazz, rock and reggae, the Nikhil Korula Band will bring its vibrant sound and dance rhythms to RT’s Longboard Grill in San Diego on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. The sextet will perform original compositions from their latest CD, “Music of the New Day” (available on iTunes), Read More

Cosby to Pass the Microphone as Playboy Jazz Emcee

Dr. William H. Cosby, the famed comedian, Grammy-winning recording artist, author, philanthropist, community activist and educator, will intro the artists this weekend for his 31st turn as emcee of the Playboy Jazz Festival, but for the last time, according to a statement released by the festival. After the weekend, Cosby will have been the emcee Read More

Playboy Jazz Fest Adds 3 Artists, Sets Final Schedule For June 16-17

Producers of the 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17 have added three more artists to the talent lineup, and set the order of appearance for the performances. Joining the roster of Grammy-winning jazz greats and rising stars are multi- Grammy-nominated R&B pianist/composer Patrice Rushen, New Orleans Mardi Read More

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