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The Rundown: Jon Armstrong

In the past, the jazz musician and composer wrote inaccessible, esoteric compositions. Things have changed.

Remembering Charlie Haden—In His Own Words

From pint-sized performer to free jazz pioneer, the groundbreaking bassist, who recently passed away, recounts the early days of his brilliant career

5 Hit Songs to Come Out of Central Avenue’s Swinging Jazz Scene

It was where swing and bebop transformed into R&B and eventually became rock and roll; its cultural legacy still looms large over Los Angeles

Top Tickets: War, Ledisi, The Secret Sisters, and Cheech & Chong Play Gigs in L.A. This Week

This week's must-see L.A. shows include a gospel duo, an all-female parody band, and the musical stylings of two stoner comedians

CityDig: L.A.’s Original Hipsters, The Beat Generation

Kerouac used the word "hipster" to describe those who lived the beatnik lifestyle. Here's where they hung out in 1950s L.A.

When Charlie Parker Came to L.A.: The Peaks and Valleys of a Jazz Genius

The United Sounds of Los Angeles #3: How a two-month stint turned into a two-year odyssey of jam sessions, crashing on people's couches, causing havoc in public places, and once in a while standing still for recording dates

These 3 Books Will Teach You 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Charlie Parker

Nearly 60 years after his untimely death at age 34 (the same age as Adam Levine), jazz saxophonist Charles "Yardbird" Parker is the subject of three new music biographies.

The Cherry Orchard: A Tribute to Jazz Legend Don Cherry

Donald Eugene Cherry sought out the organic worlds that were denied him as a child.

The Jazz Baroness of Strawberry Drive

Last week, the Los Angeles jazz world lost one of its most ardent and influential patrons, journalist Mimi Melnick.