â€‹When Spike Lee puts out a new film, I always make a point to check it out, even if I hated his last one. He's directed more hits than misses, and even his duds have been quality duds. The first Spike Lee joint that I saw as a kid was Malcolm X, which I definitely did not understand at all beyond ... More >>
Photo by Devin DeHaven Latin jazz bandleader and congero Poncho Sanchez spent lots of time as a kid watching his older sisters dance the mambo and cha-cha-cha to their Cal Tjader, Tito Puente and Machito records. While they danced, Sanchez read the album covers and listened. Now, with some ... More >>
Pardon the geographical pun, but besides Texas, our neighbor to the east may be the most musical state in these United States. And in terms of per capita, Louisiana, which ranks 25th in population to Texas' second, is probably second to none. Outside Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the program m ... More >>
The most underground music in Houston right now isn't rap or indie rock...it's jazz.
Equally gifted in jazz and R&B, area native Robert Glasper moonlights in Maxwell's touring band.
The Houston Film Critics Society, of which yours truly is a member (along with the those two guys that used to work for the Chronicle, among others), just released their 2008 award winners. I'm already drafting a strong letter of protest haranguing my fellow HFCS members for failing to acknowledge ... More >>
Spike Lees look at Hurricane Katrina might be his most important work yet
This Spike Lee joint is a cockeyed, self-righteous and graceless diatribe
A man's last day of freedom becomes Spike's moving meditation on 9/11
Los Hombres Calientes take jazz into booty-shaking territory
Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
Though only 17, Brandon Lee blows a mighty horn
As a jazz club, Sambuca is so-so. As a restaurant don't ask.