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Jazz La Femme Hits the E Spot

  04/05/16 18:24, by , Categories: Review, Featured Artist , Tags: Clarice Cast, Cynthia Calhoun, Jazz Le Femme, Linda Taylor, Risa Tadokoro Arisue, Robin Bramlett, Sarah Bauza, Suzanne Morisette, Vitello's, stanley clarke, sunnie paxson, tasty riffs

If you know me at all, you know I have been whining about the fact that there are no supper clubs anymore. You know, the kind of place where there is a two-drink minimum and great jazz and good food at a table with tablecloths and fresh, hot bread. Where your top-shelf scotch comes in a glass and the box that holds the wine holds 12 bottles from Napa or a town in Italy you pronounce all wrong, much to the delight of the waiter. You dress up a little to go there and you bring your best gal. She puts on a dress and heels and she feels like a lady on the arm of your pretentious leather jacket as you whip out a pocket square and tip the valet.

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Sunnie Paxson All Star Band Jazz La Femme Celebrates Women

  03/23/16 14:07, by , Categories: Dan Grigor, Featured Artist, Uncategorized , Tags: Cynthia Calhoun, E Spot Lounge, Jazz Le Femme, The Alley, Vitello's, Women's History Month, stanley clarke, sunnie paxson

By Dan Grigor

Last night I had the opportunity to spend a little time "backstage" with Sunnie Paxson's All-Star Band, Jazz La Femme, and it was wonderful

We gathered at a famous rehearsal studio in North Hollywood. Music studio to the stars since 1972, The Alley on Lankershim is Old Hollywood, in before "NoHo" was in. You could actually feel the music history in the room as they played. Steeped in LA's best music, the star-stained walls of The Alley are covered with handwritten scrawls from the literally thousands of musicians that have tightened up their chops under its roof.

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Happiest Place On Earth Keeps Getting Merrier

  12/23/15 15:59, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Jules E. Beuck , Tags: Haunted Mansion, Stars Wars, Tim Burton, disneyland
Story by Jules E. Beuck
Photos by Jules E. Beuck

For most of the year Disneyland Resort is known as the “Happiest place on Earth.” But from November 13th through January 6th it becomes the “Merriest place on Earth.” Holiday ornaments are hung over both parks and changes are made on some rides to celebrate the season.

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Catch the First MADCatfish Blues Festival Labor Day at Santa Anita Park featuring All-Star Blues bands, a Tribute to BB King and a Juke Joint Comedy Night

  08/22/15 17:18, by , Categories: Music News, Festivals and Events , Tags: B.B. King Tribute, Barbara Morrison, Delgado Brothers, MADCatfish, Ray Bailey, Richard Cameron Lovely, Santa Anita Park, blues festival, comedy, labor day, sunnie paxson

MADCatfish Entertainment, LLC and legendary music and event producer La Quētta M. Shamblee will present the 1st Annual MADCatfish Blues Festival at Santa Anita Park on Labor Day Weekend, September 5 and 6, 2015. The two-day fun-filled, power packed, foot-stomping, all-star musical extravaganza will include a tribute to the late Blues great, B.B. King.

Executive Producer Shamblee said, “I am very excited to be starting a new tradition here in the Southland with the establishment of a regional music festival focused on showcasing the Blues.  This year’s festival represents the launch of a new three-year plan to establish the MADCatfish Blues Festival as the premiere annual Labor Day weekend destination Blues celebration in Southern California.  

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A Conversation With John Evans outside "The Beat Generation" Show in Los Angeles

  08/18/15 05:25, by , Categories: Music News, Artist Interview

Publisher's Podcast:
A Conversation with the inimitable John Evans

After an amazing performance of The Beat Generation by John Evans and The Sunnie Paxson Quartet at Kulak's Woodshed in Los Angeles,  the exhausted and elated star of the show and I stepped outside and I got a chance to meet the man under the the multitude of characters he has portrayed.

From John Evans' point of view, Shakespeare to Kerouac is not as difficult a trip as you would think. If you listen to our conversation he explains: it's all about the timing.


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John Evans: An Evening with "The Beat Generation" and The Sunnie Paxson Quartet

  08/14/15 23:39, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Artist Interview, Dan Grigor, Review , Tags: Beat, Ginsberg, Kerouac, WordJazz, doug webb, jazz, john evans, kulaks woodshed, sunnie paxson

When I was a kid I had the obligatory crazy uncle. As a matter of fact I had a wacky Aunt and Uncle. Aunt Edie and Uncle Hank. They were delightfully nuts. They were artists, he a sculptor, she painted in oils. He made vases and beautiful art pieces. She drew fences you could drag a stick along, they were so real. They were political activists and campaigned for McGovern. They flashed peace signs and wore fringe. Well not Hank. Every day he wore slacks, a short-sleeve button-down dress shirt and tie over his bit of a belly, to go with is black horn-framed glasses; of the first hipster generation he was. They were called beatniks then. Aunt Edie in her barrette and peasant skirts and campaign buttons he in his hornrims and big black shoes haunted local poetry bars and open mics where, often, their art was displayed. They were talented, outspoken and quite successful. Brooklyn, from their art studio, was beautiful then. Brownstones and falling leaves, little shops and gin joints and, to us from the suburbs down to visit for the weekend, it was magical.

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Disney Goes Diamond

  05/25/15 20:44, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Jules E. Beuck , Tags: disneyland, magic kingdom, marvel, star wars
Story by Jules E. Beuck
Photos by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney opened Disneyland. Since that time it has grown, expanded to different states and countries and added a new park across from the original. Starting with a 24-hour opening of Disneyland on May 22, 2015, Disneyland Resorts started the Disneyland Diamond Celebration to celebrate the sixty years Disneyland has been around.

The celebration is not limited to Disneyland. World of Color in Disney California Adventure has been updated to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary. It celebrates the life of Walt Disney and his ideas that led to Disneyland. The presentation is hosted by Mickey Mouse and Neil Patrick Harris. Sayre Wiseman, an executive for parades and spectaculars, told us that when Harris was approached for the project he immediately responded “Absolutely, I’m there.”

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