Boy, are we glad they didn't go out of business!
Check out an excerpt of Nate Chinen's article here.
SOME NOTABLE UPCOMING EVENTS 'ROUND THE WAY:
Saturday, Oct. 24, 10:30am: The Huntington Library in San Marino debuts its exhibit titled Central Avenue and Beyond: The Harlem Renaissance in Los Angeles, which includes movie and music memorabilia, periodicals and literary treasures, manuscripts by Langston Hughes and papers from civil rights attorney and newspaper publisher Loren Miller. Read the L.A. Times preview of the exhibit here. (The Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, 626-405-2100)
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7pm: Author/professor/historian Robin D.G. Kelley discusses and signs his epic new tome Thelonious Monk: The Life & Times of an American Original. Read a review of the book from The New York Times here. (Eso-Won Bookstore, 4331 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles (Leimert Park), 323-290-1048)
(Speaking of great new books, Soul Jazz Publishing has just released Freedom Rhythm and Sound: Revolutionary Jazz Cover Art: 1960-1978, which documents the "untold journey" of independent jazz labels like Delmark, Strata-East, ESP-Disk, Zulu, Flying Dutchman, India Navigation, Mustevic and Impulse through their striking and unique cover art. Among the artists represented by art and appreciative essays include local heroes Horace Tapscott and Phil Ranelin. JazzWise's Stephen Graham gives a quick overview of the book here.)
Friday, Nov. 6, 8pm: The Fall 2009 installment of World Stage Stories is upon us. This live oral-history symposium with have as its special guest multi-instrumentalist and Ray Charles alumnus Louis Van Taylor. More will follow in the coming weeks, including keyboardist Rose Gales (Nov. 20), pianist Phil Wright (Dec. 4) and percussionist Daryl "Munyungo" Jackson (Dec. 18). (The World Stage Performance Gallery, 4344 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles (Leimert Park), 323-293-2451)
Saturday, Nov. 21, 3pm: The Clayton Library will be presenting Central Avenue Revisited: Masters of Jazz, a panel discussion featuring Ernie Andrews, Clora Bryant, Buddy Collette, Jackie Kelso, Charles Owens and Gerald Wilson. If that isn't enuff for ya, there will be a screening of the film Central Avenue Live 2005, a documentary about the Central Avenue Jazz Festival.(Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum, 4130 Overland Ave., Culver City, 310-202-1647)