Jay Z once cut Little Beaver a $60,000 check to sample "Party Life" for the movie American Gangster. The artist also known as Willie Hale is a Miami guitarist so legendary that Jaco Pastorius, called the greatest electric bass player of all time, used to hang out at the TK Records studio in Hialeah ... More >>
"Bass Rock Express" was the first international Miami bass hit, and it opened the floodgates for the rush of quad-heavy records that followed. The song was co-produced, engineered, arranged, and vocalized by Amos Larkins II for MC ADE, and William "Billy" Hines on 4-Sight Records in 1985. Amos prod ... More >>
We've been having some fun lately with these "Best of All Time" lists. But today, we will refrain from saying these jazz musicians were/are the best of all time. No, they are jazz musicians of note who made Miami their home. A best-of-all-time list would be way too long, and to explain that, I will ... More >>
Pitch down dance music's tempo from the manic 140 beats per minute favored by candy ravers -- pitch it way down -- and you begin to approximate the languid, sensual, baby-making rhythms of Slow Hands, AKA Ryan Cavanagh. Of course these days, tempo is less a concern for Slow Hands than the musician' ... More >>
In the 1970s, Miami's TK Productions sold hundreds of millions of records around the world. Yes, hundreds of millions of records around the world. They were all cut in a tiny eight-track studio in Hialeah by a close-knit team of musicians and songwriters. The family worked together on each oth ... More >>
It is no secret that jazz music is a national treasure. And locally, jazz served as the soundtrack to South Florida and its sunny lifestyle way before megaclubs and laptop DJs took over. But we're not here to bitch about overpriced nightlife spots or knob-twiddlers. It's simply time to celebrate o ... More >>
The Psycho Daisies Snowflakes Falling on the International Dateline (Psycho Daisies Records) psychodaisies.com It was never my fingers on the neck of a killer guitar. I can read on bass if told properly. I can muster a heavy beat on drums if allowed. But I'll never be the type of motherfuck ... More >>
Dead rock stars are a dime a dozen. They usually drink themselves to death, overdose on narcotics, crash cars, or get on faulty aircrafts with drunk pilots on drugs who crash cars. But murdered musicians? That's where it gets gruesome. Check out these 10 tales of death by murder.
According to band leader Graham Wood Drout IKO IKO have been playing in Miami for over 30 years. We caught the legendary Dade County killers live at Q American Barbeque on the West End of Miami's Design District on Saturday night. We asked the band if we could record some songs, Graham thought a ... More >>
The kids of bass legend Jaco Pastorius will share the stage with noteworthy Jazz fusion guitarist Randy Bernsen at Alligator Alley this Sunday, August 2. Bernsen, who was a close friend of the elder Pastorius, infuses his guitar work with loads of effects, and is one of the more successful South ... More >>
Exploratory jazz band finds a deeper groove.
Buddha Gonzalez searches for his fame and fortune in Miami's strip clubs
Robert Thomas, Jr.
Harmonica Baron Thielemans suffers the jazz bug gladly
Steel-pan jazz man remembers bass legend and friend Jaco Pastorius
As Miami's premier groove rockers, Day by the River runs through it
With a new line-up and an old gig, Iko-Iko keeps rolling along