About MeMy name is Tomás Summers Sandoval. I'm Chicano from southern Californian, a GenXer, and a fan of the Dodgers and Elvis. I am a husband, a father of three, and in my spare time I'm an asociate professor of Chicana/o~Latina/o Studies and History at Pomona College.
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Been busy working, but I ain’t forgot about ‘cha! “Death Letter,” by the immortal Son House (Mississippi, 1902-1988).
Lenny Kravitz (New York & Los Angeles, 1962- ) performing “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” at the April 1994 taping of his MTV Unplugged special.
Nick Ashford and Jerry Lieber have died. Each was a musical master–one part of a songwriting duo–though neither was ever as famous as the musical giants for whom each penned classics. Along with his wife, Valerie Simpson, Nick Ashford wrote … Continue reading
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (Louisiana & Texas, 1924-2005) performing with Canned Heat at the Montreux Jazz Festival (1973).
I am saddened at the news of the passing of Gene McDaniels. One of the most eclectic, soulful, political, gentle, and passionate talents in modern jazz/soul music, McDaniels was 76. You can read about his life and career here. I … Continue reading
Back with bullet! The legendary Albert King performing “Blues Power” live and in color! The song was part of his recorded concerts at the Fillmore Auditorium (San Francisco) in June 1968, concerts which generated three live albums–Live Wire/Blues Power, Wednesday … Continue reading
Muddy Waters (Mississippi to Chicago, 1913-1983) performing “Champagne & Reefer” from his final album, King Bee (1981). The song was a standard for Waters during his decades of live performances but for obvious reasons was not pressed onto vinyl, at … Continue reading
Big Bill Broonzy (Arkansas and Mississippi; 1898-1958) singing “Just a Dream” (from the 1939 recording, a bit more swing to it than the original).
The master of the blues, Mr. B.B. King, here performing “Sweet Little Angel” from his legendary 1965 album “Live at the Regal” (recorded on November 21, 1964 at the Regal Theater in Chicago). The crowd makes this one of the … Continue reading