News for October 2001:

Three of jazz's best-known soloists, Benny Green, Russell Malone and Christian McBride, will get together for two nights, Oct. 5-6, at Orange County Performing Arts Center. In an intimate setting in Founders Hall, pianist Green, bassist McBride and guitarist Malone will perform as a trio, delivering written and improvised numbers meant to show off their collaborative gifts.

OCPAC is located at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, CA. Call Ticketmaster or (714) 556-2746 or visit

One of southern California's least-known blues haunts is the BONES & BLUES CLUB, which is located in the Watts Labor Community Action Committee complex at 10950 S. Central Ave. On the last Friday night of every month WLCAC turns its largest room into a dimly lit nightclub which features such artists as Maxine Weldon, Ernie Banks and Linda Hopkins. Showtimes are 9 & 11 PM; admission is $10 in advance; $15 at the door. The club serves soul food and drinks. Call (323) 563-5639.

The WLCAC story is an inspiring one. Founded in 1964 (right after the Watts riots) by a group of labor leaders headed by Ted Watkins, WLCAC has become one of L.A.'s major community centers. In fulfilling its mission to stimulate economic change and improve the quality of life for African-American families living in south-central, the center owns and manages 500 houses, offers day care, senior citizen activities, educational programs, vocational training, art galleries and family counseling. For further information visit