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Tom Meek

Tom Meek first began writing "About & Out"  in 2007 before becoming Editor of LAjazz.com in 2011, and President & Managing Editor in July, 2014.  Tom is a Los Angeles-area native who grew up in Ohio with a father who was a noted regional swing drummer and a library of thousands of jazz and popular recordings.

He began working in radio at 11, as a coffee house DJ at 13, and as a commercial television producer at 15. In the late 1960's Meek began listening to rock and jazz fusion with pioneering artists including Don Ellis, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chicago, and The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and has remained a jazz, fusion and music aficionado since, with an emphasis on virtuosity.

In the 1970's, Tom began producing what eventually became dozens of radio, television and video segments featuring live recordings and musician interviews, and expanded that to newspapers over the past decade. Meek began a television consulting practice in the mid-1980s, which has expanded to include other high-tech and IT areas with clients worldwide.

In the mid-1990's Meek began exploring the possibilities of music and information distribution via the Internet. He has gone on to develop various Web sites, written extensively for Wikipedia and blogs about fusion and jazz music and musicians, and serves as a audio/video producer and consultant for musicians and events. Tom is also the editor of the Greatest Fusion Lists and Forums at DigitalDreamDoor.com. He is currently working on a music-related book and various music, production and consulting projects.

Tom's emphasis at LAJazz.com is on what's happening live and locally, and he is a frequent attendee at clubs and venues around Southern California, along with many people who travel here from locations worldwide, to see some of the best music being made nightly anywhere on the planet.

Tom can be reached via e-mail at lajazzeditor@gmail.com.

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  • What's Hot - The Week Of May 10, 2010 (May 10, 2010, 10:51 AM PDT)

    What's Hot - The Week Of May 10, 2010

    Monday 5/10 - Mark Stevens Trio at Charlie O's

    Veteran drummer Mark Stevens has a pedigree dating back to the late Don Ellis - Monday he leads a trio at Charlie O's in Van Nuys with Jason Flatley on piano and Paul Morin on bass. Other notable gigs Monday include Frank Potenza at Vitello's, pianist Dennis Hamm at Red, White & Bluezz, and the Bruce Eskovitz Orchestra at Typhoon.

    Tuesday 5/11 - Scott Henderson Nomad Trio/Gryphon Labs at Saint Rocke

    An unusual double bill at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach Tuesday night has Zappa Plays Zappa offshoot Gryphon Labs opening for guitar wiz Scott Henderson's Nomad Trio. Gryphon Labs includes ZPZ members Pete Griffin on bass, Jamie Kime on guitar and Joe Travers on drums along with guitarist Rick Musallam and keyboardist Bill Steinway. Scott Henderson (Tribal Tech) has a trio with Rufus Philpot on bass and Andy Sanesi on drums. Guitarist Larry Koonse is the guest of John Pisano's Guitar Night at Vitello's, while saxman Doug Webb is at Spazio.

    Wednesday 5/12 - Midnight Jazz Band at Charlie O's

    Bass vet Chuck Berghofer's Midnight Jazz Band is featured Wednesday night at Charlie O's. Joining him are Terry Trotter on piano and Gary Foster on alto sax. Vocalist Calabria Foti and the Bob McChesney Quartet are at Spazio.

    Thursday 5/13 - David Fiuczynski Group at The Baked Potato

    Guitarist David Fiuczynski (Screaming Headless Torsos/Hiromi's Sonicbloom) makes a rare L.A. appearance fronting a group at The Baked Potato in Studio City with Dywane Thomas on bass and Alex 'Biscuit' Bailey on drums. Other notable gigs Thursday include Sally Kellerman with pianist Andy Langham at Vitello's, bassist Chris Colangelo with Otmaro Ruiz, Jimmy Branly and Benn Clatworthy at Charlie O's, and a rare L.A. small group appearance from guitarist Earl Klugh, who begins a three night (Thursday-Saturday) run at Catalina.

    Friday 5/14 - Michael Wolff Quartet at Vitello's

    Pianist Michael Wolff makes an L.A. stop for a Friday night at Vitello's. With him here are Bob Sheppard on sax, Brian Bromberg on bass, and Michael Barsimanto on drums. A lot of other fine music is featured Friday around SoCal including Bob Mintzer with Russell Ferrante at Vibrato, Mahesh Balasooriya at Blue Whale, El Trio at Club Nyx, Open Hands at The Baked Potato, Brenna Whitaker at Spaghettini, Nancy Sanchez at Steamers, and Thom Rotella at the Radisson L.A. Westside.

    Saturday 5/15 - Tom Harrell at Spazio

    Trumpeter Tom Harrell makes a rare L.A. appearance for two nights (Friday-Saturday) at Spazio in Sherman Oaks. With him here are Wayne Escoffery on sax, Danny Grissett on piano, Dwayne Burno on bass, and Jonathan Blake on drums. Pianist Stephan Oberhoff's trio with vocalist Liela Avila is at Colombo's in Eagle Rock Saturday, highlighted by the presence of the terrific guitarist Mike Miller. Saxophonist Walter Smith III is at Blue Whale, clarinetist John Tegmeyer is at Alvas Showroom, and the all-day Jazzy Jam 2010 is outside at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

    Sunday 5/16 - Mitchel Forman Group at The Baked Potato

    Keyboard wiz Mitchel Forman is the bandleader Sunday night at The Baked Potato. Forman's bandmates here are scheduled to include Ray Brinker on drums, Trey Henry on bass, Munyungo Jackson (Headhunters) on percussion, Walt Fowler on trumpet, Brandon Fields on sax and Mike Miller on guitar. Latin percussionist and vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran is at Vibrato, while Ron Jones leads his Influence Jazz Orchestra (Family Guy) at Vitello's in a show that may include a turn from show creator Seth McFarland.


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