Full Circle

  • Enlistment Blues: How I joined the Army, met Lester Young and Jo Jones, and found a career in jazz, part 3.

    Jimmy Cheatham’s memoirs of life in the Army during World War II as told to Jim Trageser. Jimmy Cheatham was head of the UC San Diego jazz program from 1978-2005. He played in Chico Hamilton’s band in the 1960s, also serving as arranger. He also briefly played in Duke Ellington’s band in the early 1970s, […]

  • Enlistment Blues: How I joined the Army, met Lester Young and Jo Jones, and found a career in jazz, part 2.

    Jimmy Cheatham’s memoirs of life in the Army during World War II as told to Jim Trageser. In the meantime, we were doing our training and took a break and the company commander came over and talked to me, you know, like what I wanted to do with my life and all that stuff. And […]

  • Enlistment Blues: How I joined the Army, met Lester Young and Jo Jones, and found a career in jazz

    Jimmy Cheatham’s memoirs of life in the Army during World War II as told to Jim Trageser. Part One. Jimmy Cheatham was head of the UC San Diego jazz program from 1978-2005. He played in Chico Hamilton’s band in the 1960s, also serving as arranger. He briefly played in Duke Ellington’s band in the early […]

  • John Prine: American as Plain Speech

    I’m very sad by the passing of John Prine, a wordsmith who managed the hardest of all lyricist obligations: to be plain-spoken, colloquial, and unafraid. His best songs have an authentic, unaffected quality, that of someone talking about some odd thing that happened to them, recent or in the past, setting a scene, establishing an […]

  • Robyn Hitchcock: Sticking It to the Humble Prawn on Planet England

    First things first: if there were such a thing as “justice” in our current cultural clime, Robyn Hitchcock would be a household name to you. Of course, the main hurdle within that disparity is the idea that whoever is popular and/or infamous among our celebrity spawn is somehow synonymous with originality or excellence, however which […]

  • Honoring Black History Month: Go Down Moses

    Whether you call it the “good” book, Torah, Five Books of Moses, or just the Old Testament, the text, poetry, and stories of the Bible have given comfort to millions of people for over two millennia. One group of people that found solace and strength from the Old Testament’s text were the African-American slaves. Slavery […]

  • Who Doesn’t Love a Good Old-Fashioned Square Dance? Clinton Davis Adds to his Vast Repertoire

    Southern Pacific Sessions has announced upcoming concerts in early 2020 in North Park, including a unique opportunity in January for attendees to square dance with a veteran caller and live music—no experience required. In February, they will feature an appearance by the St Louis Steady Grinders, an old-style piano and vocal band specializing in barrelhouse […]

  • John Jorgenson: Musical Gypsy from the New World

    John Jorgenson belongs to that rare breed of artist whose musicality transcends genres. While primarily known as a guitarist, his mastery also extends to the piano, mandolin, mandocello, dobro, pedal steel, upright bass, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone. Given the many facets of his musical abilities, he is highly sought-after as a collaborator and accompanist for […]

  • Neil Innes: Oh, Hello!

    Sitting in a Clairemont hotel’s outdoor patio, it’s quickly evident that there are few pleasures in the world as great as humor. In the company of musician, writer, actor and comedian Neil Innes and his tour manager Gus Douglas. The witty remarks, jokes, and drinks are flying, with two other friends also joining in the […]

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