Nothing Sleepy About These Dogs

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Santa Barbara’s Sleeping Dogs set lists include classics from Cream, Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Lang and others. The quartet puts their own stamp on the songs with spirited performances highlighted by ardent student of the masters David Zisman’s soaring lead guitar solos. The other Dogs are: rockin’ drummer and vocalist David Robertson, multi-talented Ted…

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Big Finale

The Vijay Iyer Sextet closes out the 2017 Ojai Music Festival 6/11/17 Libbey Bowl, Ojai, CA

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Sunday evening, and Jazz had the last “word” at the 2017 Ojai Music Festival. The Vijay Iyer Sextet took to the stage of Libbey Bowl and launched into a set of “composed” improvisations recently recorded by the group. Nouveau hard bop/fusion and impressionist excursions that moved the audience physically, emotionally and spiritually. There were…

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Lost & Found in the Woods

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Lee Blessing’s 1988 play “A Walk in the Woods” has some extra relevance today when Russia is so much in the news, but the subject of nuclear arms is only a sideshow compared to interference in elections and the war in Syria. The focus of  current nuclear angst has switched to Iran…

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Chirps, Squeaks, Honks and Explosions

George Lewis and Roscoe Mitchell at the Ojai Music Festival 6/11/207

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Sunday morning and the Ojai Music Festival’s Libbey bowl came to life with the music of The Trio. Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell and George Lewis have collaborated in various musical settings since the founding of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Their Trio is probably the purest expression of…

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