I’ve never met Karen Beatton — but in a few short weeks I’ve come to rely on her and to look forward to her regular appearances.
She isn’t the cashier at the local supermarket; she isn’t my favorite NPR broadcaster; I’ve never met her in person. But she’s proven to be very enlightening!
Karen publishes a weekly e-newsletter about jazz happenings in Southern California — not limited to that locality (this week’s issue has details about Our Man in Jazz, Eddie Erickson, appearing in Denver) . . . witty and colorful.
It’s called KAREN’S DIXIEJAZZ E-NOTES, and you can get on her mailing list by letting her know you would like to — send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. No money down, no spam, and I trust her not to sell your name to charities or to steal your identity.
What might you find out? Well, the next appearance of VAUD AND THE VILLIANS (featuring our own Katie Cavera); JOHN REYNOLDS AND THE HOLLYWOOD HOT SHOTS (both in Los Angeles), or the SOUTH BAY SWING BAND — featuring Chris Dawson or Gene Oster on piano, Bryan Shaw on trumpet, and others — at DeLuca Trattoria in El Segundo.
Even though Los Angeles and El Segundo are only names on the map at the moment, I am delighted to know that my friends and heroes are gigging. Thank you, Karen, for keeping up the good works!