This is one of the toughest articles I’ve written. Each of the last six Valentine’s Day weekends has been a celebratory event for me, the most joyous weekend of the year. The string starting in 2015 when I attended the recording of Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner, Volume 2 and thereContinue Reading

Cory Wong was perhaps the most prolific music of 2020, making full use of the pandemic to push out eight albums, and now opens 2021 with a fantastic big-band album. Cory is of course one of the touring non-members of Vulfpeck and also has a regular touring schedule with hisContinue Reading

Tower of Power is undeniably the greatest horn band of all time.  The ‘Tower’, ‘TOP’, has been around since 1968 and are best known for their iconic songs, “What Is Hip”, “You’re Still A Young Man”, “So Very Hard To Go” and on and on.  The band’s core members throughoutContinue Reading

The year 2020 started off great with me first seeing Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio three times in 9 days, opening for Lettuce on January 2nd and 3rd and then as the headliner at Terminal West in Atlanta on January 9.  The Seattle-based soul-jazz groove combo release their new album “IContinue Reading

The Dip Plays It Cool. Yes they do. This band is one of my favorites to get introduced to over the last couple of years.  They have a new soul and funk sound with that old school feel and on top of that can play with both an edge andContinue Reading

Here’s the top 10 videos on’s YouTube channel ranked by number of views in 2020. Thanks to all who support live music and live streamed music this year and here’s to a resurgence in 2021. 1. Joe Dart (Vulfpeck) solo from Theo Katzman’s March 2018  show at Eddie’s AtticContinue Reading

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose” and this year it was for listening intently to recorded music.  In a time when live music was unimaginable, there was a plethora of terrific albums in 2020.  This annual recap covers my most enjoyable albums released inContinue Reading

One of the coolest things in writing about music is finding out that the funk is alive all over the world. This coverage is on Pickpocket’s newly released album ‘Refraction‘ coming to us from Melbourne, Australia. The 8-piece band plays groove-based instrumental music with a focus on tight, funky rhythmsContinue Reading

Harlem Hipshake is a release that will keep you movin’ and groovin’ all day and night. It’s a full on party with a throwback style to the Latin soul of Ray Barreto and Mongo Santamaria in the ’60s.  The Bongolian, multi-instrumentalist Nasser Bouzida, plays all the instruments except the funkyContinue Reading

I Wear My Face on My Head is a top notch funk/fusion album full stop.  It’s a great addition to the collection of any fan of Snarky Puppy, Lettuce, Soulive or any groove oriented band. I saw Kevin touring with Cory Wong few times but connected after the set atContinue Reading