Dec. 28
    Jeff Ellwood Quartet
    The Jeff Ellwood Quartet is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 28 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    In 2001 Jeff was awarded the “best college saxophonist award” at the prestigious Reno Jazz festival. In 2002 and 2003 he was accepted to attend the Henry Mancini institute. In 2005

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  • RIOTstage: Building a Theatrical Rock ‘n’ Roll Future in the LBC

    Photo: Josh Fischel, center, and the cast of "The Brit" (credit: Hadrian Suciu)

    It was originally conceived solely as a theatre company. But founder Josh Fischel's increasing immersion within Long Beach's strong music scene led him to broaden RIOTstage's mission. Still in its nascence, RIOTstage is now "an entertainment group on

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  • Must Have Music for Your Christmas List

    By B. Noel Barr, Music Writer Dude

    KELP!  Andy Hill, Renee Safier

    Andy Hill and Renee Safier, along with co-conspirator producer Marty Rifken released a new album, KELP! this year. The cover art is a send up to the Beatles iconic album, HELP!

    The title song, "KELP," starts with M

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  • Otmaro Ruiz’s Lado B, Monsters at The Blue Whale

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist

    The Blue Whale in Chinatown never ceases to host great musicians and great music while providing a perfect listening room for fans of multiple varieties of jazz.

    October brought the extraordinary jazz pianist, arranger and educator,Otmaro Ruiz, with his band Lado B.

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  • Shakeh, Songs of My Soul CD Release Concert

    By B. Noel Barr, Music Writer Dude

    Singer and songwriter Shakeh brought life to Grand Annex Nov. 3 with her latest CD release, “Songs of My Soul” with her partners, electric bassist and cellist Brian Asher and percussionist Dwain Roque. Applause for the trio’s performance resounded beyond the wall of the Annex that night thr

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  • Music Calendar

    Oct. 4
    Dirk Hamilton
    Dirk Hamilton plays, at 8 p.m. Oct. 4,  at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Hamilton released a slew of critically acclaimed records from the mid-70s into the 80s (“Meet

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  • Conga Buena Sets Ears on Fire

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist

    AC Jazz Project’s latest CD with their new bandleader, Josiel Perez Hernandez, is on fire.

    On Conga Buena, Josiel shows off just how good a fit he is with this Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble. The band will host a CD release party at the Catalina Jazz Club on Sept. 26 which is

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  • The Return of the Good Foot Brings the Soul Back to Long Beach

    It was a Long Beach fixture for well over a decade, with a lifespan stretching from Bill Clinton's presidency to that of Barack Obama. The Old Faithful of soul clubs, the Good Foot was the undisputed king of the funky hill, for 13 years providing the perfect monthly opportunity for South Bayers and Long Beachers to get their groove on.


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  • Musician Arthur Adams Brings the Soul of the Blues

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer

    DJ Gary Wagner, host of radio program Nothin’ But the Blues, said that the key to understanding the blues lies in understanding its roots.

    “The ability to adapt to circumstances demonstrates wisdom,” Wagner said. “It is the wisdom of human adaptation t

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  • The World Stage Fights for Survival

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist

    Two days after a peaceful community rally against George Zimmerman’s acquittal turned violent by a dozen youth, organizers for the World Stage Rent Festival worried that continual heavy police presence may deter fans from attending the fundraiser.

    By evening time, only two squad car

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