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

Auction of Historic Gear from Les Paul Collection Raises Nearly $5M for Foundation

The Les Paul Estate and the Les Paul Foundation tied in with Julien’s Auctions in downtown Beverly Hills Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, 2012 to raise nearly $5 million from a marathon auction of guitars, amps, recording gear, memorabilia and lots more from the electric guitar and multi-tracking pioneer’s personal collection. According to Julien’s, the Read More

Loafers’ Glory Debuts on SCVTV’s ‘House Blend’ with Stephen K. Peeples

Back to the Peeples Place at KHTS portal. Loafers’ Glory featuring country rock/bluegrass legends Herb Pedersen and Bill Bryson plus veteran multi-instrumentalists Tom Sauber and Patrick Sauber are special guests Saturday night, May 12, on “House Blend” on SCVTV, hosted by Stephen K. Peeples. The all-acoustic quartet performs four songs during the half-hour show — Read More

Quebe Sisters Cowboy Festival 2012 Spotlight Q&A

The Quebe Sisters Band from Fort Worth, Texas, headlined the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at Renaud and Andre Veluzat’s world-famous Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studios in Newhall, Calif.’s Placerita Canyon, packing the big main stage tent on both Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, 2012 (left). It was the group’s fourth appearance at the city of Read More

Herb Pedersen Q&A on Earl Scruggs, 03-31-12

Folk-country-rock-bluegrass-Americana legend Herb Pedersen (Vern & Ray, The Dillards, Desert Rose Band, Loafer’s Glory) spoke with me for a few minutes on Saturday, March 31, 2012, about his time working with and longtime friendship with the late bluegrass banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs, who died March 28 at 88.We were hanging out in the lobby at 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

Spotlight Q&A with Domino Bobby Whitlock, Pt. 1: Intro & Stax

Special note for SCV music fans headed to the SXSW 2012 music blowout in Austin: Derek & The Dominos legend Bobby Whitlock and his musical collaborator and wife CoCo Carmel and their band play The Saxon in Austin on March 15 at 10 p.m. The gig coincides with SXSW and celebrates the release of Bobby 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