Programming note: Who moved my jazz?
If you're a jazz fan or even someone with omnivorous tastes, you're going to want to adjust your sights (and your browsers) to the L.A. Times terrific arts news and reviews shop, Culture Monster. Starting Friday I'll be over there as part of what promises to be an expanded take on jazz coverage in L.A. and beyond, while also rubbing elbows with the latest word on theater, dance, art, architecture and classical. It's a fine, classy bunch, but we promise not to change just because we're running with a new crowd.
Come along, won't you? Today I've got the rundown of last night's show with terrific young trumpeter (and recent Blue Note signee) Ambrose Akinmusire at the cozy Cafe Metropol downtown. A great young crowd packed the place, and it was a beautiful night -- the kind of night filled with such energy and imagination that it makes you want to take anyone who thinks the music is dying and slap them about the head and shoulders. (We all know better.)
-- Chris Barton
Photo: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times