Parlor Showcase

  • Tripp (the Light Fantastic) Sprague

    “I’ve been recording since I was a kid,” Tripp Sprague says as he looks around his recording and mixing studio. There is a look of curiosity and enthusiasm in his eye, as though he were seeing this studio of his creation for the first time. “I started out with a four-track cassette system, really primitive […]

  • Stories from Atlantis: Diving for Pearls with Marie Haddad

    At what point in our collective narrative does history pass into mythology and mythology becomes a tall tale? And, lacking the ability to conduct an empirical study, at what point do our legendary tales of yore become “real” by the attention our psyches give those stories, animating them with the power of our imaginations? There […]

  • The Resurrection of Ron Satterfield

    It’s July 15th, and it’s jazz pianist/guitarist and vocalist Ron Satterfield’s birthday. Satterfield is preparing for a performance with flautist and long-time collaborator Lori Bell and versatile percussionist Tommy Aros at the cozy lounge just off the lobby of the Handlery Hotel in Hotel Circle. He’s diligently setting up the PA system, adjusting mic levels, […]

  • The Melodic Improvisation of DANE TERRY

    Dane Terry has always loved music. You begin to recognize this when he speaks, but the moment he picks up his harp… it’s instantaneous. Terry grew up surrounded by musical influences—from the church, his family, and friends to local radio and records. “There was always music around.” He grins. So it shouldn’t come as any […]

  • Archie Thompson Writes his own Ticket

    Archie Thompson, San Diego jazz musician par excellence, leans back in the chair of his office in the First Presbyterian Church on downtown San Diego’s 4th Avenue, in a small office space secreted above the chapel in the balcony, next to the pipe organ. The space is small, filled with his computers, a small drum […]

  • Tomcat Courtney: A Blues Life

    Obviously it was a woman that gave him the name Tomcat, and he’s got the scars to prove it. But the man who just celebrated his 87th birthday, surrounded by friends, fans, and some of the best musicians in Southern California, shows no signs of slowing down. His face may reflect a little more wear […]

  • The Bayou Brothers: Rollin’ with the Good Times

    The band was tossed together. Hired to play for a housewarming party, the group only planned to play once. They had a guitar, drums, and a bass. With the addition of an accordion, the musicians figured that they would play some zydeco, the fun music that had recently gained some popularity outside of its native […]

  • Nina Francis: A New Girl in the Garden

    “Right now my plan is to gig like a maniac,” says Nina Francis. She smiles, but the determined look in her eye lets me know that she is not joking in the slightest. Francis and I are sitting at one of those cozy tables at Mystic Mocha, the University Heights coffeehouse known for being unusually […]

  • Marc “Twang” Intravaia’s Dance with Time, Fate, and People

    It was 8 o’clock on Sunday. Like millions of other American households, the TV in the Intravaia household in Kearny Mesa was tuned in to the “Ed Sullivan Show,” as the awkward master of ceremonies took the black-and-white stage to few muffled screams and introduced the Beatles. The four had identical haircuts, neat suits, and […]