Parlor Showcase

  • Joshua White Embraces a Radical Openness

    Engaging in conversation with piano colossus Joshua White is somewhat akin to experiencing one of his live performances. There will be a natural, if unpredictable arc, it will behoove and reward the witness to pay close attention at all points. It can careen from one topic to the next, but it will highlight a unifying […]

  • From Across the Pond: Dave Humphries Brings a Bit o’ British to San Diego

    The world, and its inhabitants, is a swirling dialectic of complementary opposites; nationalism distinct from globalism—the sovereign individual in grand contrast to the sprawling collective. It’s a cosmic push me-pull you choreography of capitalism, socialism, communism, and humanism—all trying to tap you on the shoulder, asking if they can cut in and assume the lead, […]

  • The House That Love Built: Steph Johnson and Rob Thorsen

    Steph Johnson points out the filigree around the front door. The framing is ornate but not ostentatious, revealing the Queen Anne heritage of the house. “The house was built in the 1800s,” she says. Next on the house tour is the guest room, with a beautiful view of the mountains. The home that Johnson shares […]

  • Kindness Personified: Al Howard, Soul Brother No. 1

    Eclecticism and diversity aren’t exactly championed in this culture of ours. In fact, it would appear at last glance that if you can do one thing reasonably well, and you can repeat that thing ad nauseam, you are poised for a successful 15 minutes in any number of artistic disciplines—regardless of whether or not you […]

  • J. OTIS WILLIAMS: Sharp Dressed Jazz Man Keeps It Real

    “Coming at you in a grand fashion, and being heard all over the world at Jazz 88 –dot-org I’m J. Otis Williams.” Chances are, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to John Otis Williams, that voice is instantly recognizable and ultimately unforgettable. Raspy and relaxed, “jazz” is not a single syllable word in […]

  • MERCEDES MOORE Walks the Walk

    From the moment Mercedes Moore takes the stage you can’t look away. She welcomes you to the show, thanks you for coming, and the band rips into its opening chords. As dancers rush to the floor, the smile on Mercedes’ face grows more radiant; you’re in her world and nothing else matters. You might think […]

  • GILBERT CASTELLANOS: Man on a Mission

    Catching up with Gilbert Castellanos can require inside connections, a little mojo, and a dash of good fortune. The San Diego trumpet virtuoso and music educator is always working. Each morning begins with a commitment to the horn. “I try to get up by seven,” says Castellanos. “I’ve been doing this for years. I’ll practice […]

  • CHET CANNON: Welcome to the Church of Right Now!

    I came up the hard way… The Big Man on stage—the one with the white hair and the Wolfman Jack grin—his name is Chet Cannon. He’s a blues shouter and a harmonica player and a drummer and a band leader. He busies himself around his musicians and their microphones and their gear, and he twiddles […]

  • Alicia Previn: Born to Make Music

    Some people are born to make music. In the case of Alicia Previn, that’s no cliché. An incredibly prolific musician, Previn never seems to stand still for long. She has led an incredible life, playing with a multitude of bands, touring the world, recording for major labels, writing children’s books, and much more. Her life […]