by Brandi Lee
05 Jul 2016
A concert tribute to Ella Fitzgerald featuring: LaShera Zensie Moore and The Trio; Paul Bedal – Piano, Mike Harmon – Bass, Peter Manheim – Drums Also featuring the Youth Guidance Organization/Chicago West Community Music Center
19 Nov 2015
Each July, more than 70 reggae, world music, R&B, gospel, latin, rock, blues, jazz and other bands perform on three stages at the African/Caribbean
10 Nov 2013
Erotic Flares, Beastly Zen: Day Five of the Umbrella Music Festival The duo of Joe McPhee on pocket trumpet/tenor sax and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on doublebass graced Constellation’s main room to begin the final night of the festival. A large room, with dark-stained wood, I liked how closely they stood next to each other despite the open, available space around them. Longtime musical partners, these...
09 Nov 2013
Tipping the Hat, Leather and Petals: Day Four of the Umbrella Music Festival Longtime playing partners and current UCSD faculty members Mark Dresser (doublebass) and Anthony Davis (piano) started the night off with duo versions of several tunes from each other’s extensive catalogs. I didn’t have very high expectations for this set as Dresser’s recent projects have stunk of an unfortunately typical academic tepidity. The...
08 Nov 2013
Moments vs. MOMENTS! : Day Three of the Umbrella Music Festival The keyword for tonight was ASSURED. In an age rife with empty gloating and overly apologetic self-scrutiny, it was a relief and an incredible pleasure to be treated to three sets of music that displayed such thorough and well-warranted confidence. These sets worked well individually, but immaculately altogether. Shamefully, I can admit that I’ve...