• Jazz Giants Deliver Musical Enlightenment

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist   When you go to see a performance by musicians whose very nature it is to play, it’s as though you’ve crossed a threshold. The seamless flow between their individual expressions, the continuity of harmony, the building of melody and bridges, and

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  • Local Band Hangout Jams with Elan Atias

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Elan Atias of the Wailers recently performed a special acoustic set while hanging at the Queen Mary’s Observation Bar. The jam was the third concert of Local Band Hangout, a live music series. Atias is best known for performing with The Wailers on and o

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  • Philip Glass’s THE PERFECT AMERICAN @ Long Beach Opera

    Philip Glass just won't go away. That's a good thing. In this 21st century of ours opera needs a guy who can marry classical orchestral paradigms with the computer age, all strange loops and binary repetitions and cold confusing realities, some new to modernity, some as old as wishing upon a star. And God bless him, Glass could not have picked a

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  • Director Kickstarts Campaign for Biondi Film

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor Radio Jockeys in the United States have occupied a special place in our communities. Operating at once as a community voice that is as familiar as a family friend; a trusted news source and sometimes community therapist.  But the primary role that American r

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  • QM’s Local Band Hangout Makes Waves

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css_animation="bounceInRight"]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist The Queen Mary, an attraction in Long Beach since 1967, is making things new again with a breakout live music series, Local Band Hangout. The event happening every third Thursday of the month in the ships art deco style Observat

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  • The Growth of a Musical Legend:

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    A Conversation with Howard Scott

    Correction: A caption on page 14 of the March 2 edition of Random Lengths News incorrectly associated an artist with his former band. Guitarist and songwriter Howard Scott is performing, on his own, March 16 at JDC Recor

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  • REDCAT Stages Expansive Range of Urban Diversity

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist A double billed concert with Steve Lehman and Georgia Anne Muldrow at REDCAT, CalArts on Feb.4, presented both esotericism and consciousness in music. It was a sonic excursion, rooted in the wind of Steve Lehman’s alto sax followed by the sage expressions of Ge

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  • No Force of Earth:

    A Centenary Becomes a Harbinger for Today

    By Stephanie Serna, RLn Contributor It is said that art (as well as national leaders) are an embodiment of the “zeitgeist” of — the social environment of a culture. If that is true, then perhaps it’s time for artists and music

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  • Go Retro with Records

    By Lyn Jensen, Reporter Music fans, here is your chance to go retro and spend happy hours digging through record store bins. Five old-time rockin’ record stores in Long Beach and San Pedro offer a chance to give the gift of music, in a variety of media — 33 ½ revolutions per minute, 45 rpm, compact discs and even a few c

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  • Jimetta Rose Raises Higher Vibrations

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Artists, like stars, form constellations in the sky. I was reminded of this fact when I interviewed the standout jazz vocalist, Jimetta Rose. I first encountered Rose when she performed at the Grand Performances Peace Go with You Gil in 2012 and again at Young, Gifted and Nina in

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