Showstopping Linda Eder Is Back – And Yet She Never Left

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev If you’ve been wondering where Linda Eder has been, you’d likely be surprised she hasn’t gone anywhere. But a lot of her “new” music actually isn’t new at all. Eder has taken more control of her career and sells her music – and art – on her own website, For […] Click to read more »

Don Cheadle Should Remain “Miles Ahead” of Competition Come Next Oscar Season by Kevin M. Thomas

To say “Miles Ahead” is an excellent documentary and will likely be remembered at awards season next year would be an inaccurate statement. Not because the film is substandard in any way. It’s because it’s not a documentary. Star/director/co-writer Don Cheadle has managed to bring Miles Davis back to life, channeling the jazz legend’s essence […] Click to read more »

Dance Music Star Angelo D’Agostino Shows SF His Softer Side Feb. 28 by Kevin M. Thomas

Musical theatre people know him as Angelo D’Agostino. Dance music fans might just call him Angelo. But either way, Angelo is a talent to be noticed. Sure he’s got model good looks. But don’t judge this book by his cover. Angelo has become a sensation in New York and Southern California with not only fans of […] Click to read more »

WHIPLASH: A Sensory Experience and Acting Tour de Force by Frank D. Pond

This film is an intense experience.  It is as much a sensory concerto as it is a story with music.  The audience isn’t allowed to simply watch the frames go by but rather is immersed in the drama,  the feel, the frustration, the fear and the rhapsody which is jazz.  Whiplash is like riding a […] Click to read more »

Saxophonist Eric Wyatt pays homage to his hometown Brooklyn in his new album Borough of Kings

Saxophonist Eric Wyatt’s new album is out, Borough of Kings and I had a chance to catch up with him the last time I was in New York to talk about some of his inspirations for the music. Check out my on-camera interview with Eric below to also hear how he met Miles Davis when he was […] Click to read more »

Producer, Quincy Jones Helps Enlighten Us About a Living Jazz Legend You’ve Never Heard About in the New Documentary “Keep On Keepin’ On”

In the new documentary, “Keep On Keepin’ On, which opens Friday, September 19th in L.A. and October 3rd in New York, Producer Quincy Jones has aligned himself with documentarian and Jazz musician, Alan Hicks to tell a story about a living Jazz legend, Clark Terry. Terry not only mentored Miles Davis, but played trumpet in […] Click to read more »

Music Legend, Louis Armstrong’s Most Intimate Moments Unfold in “Satchmo At The Waldorf” By Myrdith Leon-McCormack

An Angel. The embodiment of Jazz music. A messenger from God. These are some of the phrases that have been used to describe Louis Armstrong. Born August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana, he grew to be a musician and singer. He could wail on the trumpet and was even called the American Shakespeare. Armstrong […] Click to read more »

Don’t Forget About “The Girls In The Band”! Held Over for 2nd Week Jan. 24-30th in San Francisco

Even if you’re not into Jazz you could probably name a slew of Jazz greats like Count Basie, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and likely heard one of their signature standards grace a film or on the radio.  “The Girls in the Band”, a new documentary by Judy Chaikin, sheds a long […] Click to read more »

Broadway’s “After Midnight” brings the Cotton Club Jazz Era Back to Life starring Fantasia and Dule Hill

The new Broadway musical, “After Midnight” is fueled with an electrifying pooling of talent ranging from Wynton Marsalis, the music of Duke Ellington, The Lincoln Jazz All-Stars, Dule Hill, Fantasia,  and the poetry of legendary, Langston Hughes.  Under the direction and choreography of Warren Carlyle (CHAPLIN, HUGH JACKMAN BACK ON BROADWAY), the 90-minute production brings the […] Click to read more »

Incognito frontman, Bluey talks to us about New Solo Album, Maysa, Turf Dancing

In one day I sat down with Bluey of Incognito, his muse, Maysa and was fortunate to see the 14-member group, Incognito perform live at B.B. Kings in New York City. The 2 plus hour show was a  soulful explosion of Jazz, Funk, Soul and Dance music, that rocked the house,  featuring a complete horn […] Click to read more »