Saturday, January 23, 2016
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Hey ya. Last October, the Beast was interviewed by New York Times journalist Adam Shatz for a profile of the hottest thing in jazz right now: saxophonist Kamasi Washington. Unfortunately, none of our quotes were used but the piece is still enlightening and a good summation of Washington's Epic ascendancy. You can check it out here.
There's a new interview with guitarist Nels Cline over at Products of the Mind, "a podcast about the intersection of business and creativity."
Two New L.A.-centric music documentaries are coming down the pike: Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words, which premieres this week at the Sundance Film Festival; and East Los, an examination of East L.A.'s vital backyard-punks scene doe Vans' Living Off the Wall series.
Anyone who remembers jazz in the '80s remembers guitarist Stanley Jordan, whose intricate and intimate "touch tone" style of playing earning him much critical genuflecting. A rather timely article on Jordan appeared this week in Jazz Times in which he talks of his "androgynous" sexuality.
In the hour of The Danish Girl and Caitlin Jenner, notes writer David Adler, "Jordan’s story speaks to issues of gender and sexuality that go far back in the history of jazz yet often go unacknowledged."
Wow, THIS is exciting: Director Todd Haynes, recently snubbed by the Oscars for his lesbian period drama Carol, has announced he is showrunning a new series about L.A.'s own Source Family, the musical cult that ran the famous Source Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard. The Beast once interviewed the filmmakers of a recent documentary about the crunchy (and kind creepy) crew.