Lynell George

Lynell George is an award-winning Los Angeles-based journalist and essayist. She has been a staff writer for both L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. Her work has appeared in various news outlets including Smithsonian, Vibe, Boom: A Journal of California Preservation Magazine, Zocalo Public Square, the Washington Post, Essence, and Ms., as well as providing arts commentary for KPCC's The Frame and KCET's Artbound. She was selected to be a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow in 2013 and received the Huntington Library’s Alan Jutzi Fellowship for her studies of California writer Octavia E. Butler in 2017. She is the author of No Crystal Stair: African Americans in the City of Angels (Verso/Doubleday) and After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame, a collection of her essays and photographs published by Angel City Press. She is the recipient of a 2017 GRAMMY for her liner notes for “Otis Redding Live at the Whisky A Go Go.”

Clora Bryant played jazz with skill and authority: “I didn’t want them to feel like I was a mamby-pamby little tippy-toe female.”

Clora Bryant Blew Doors Open

“Trumpetiste” Clora Bryant embodied the fireball energy of Central Avenue’s jazz scene.

Brother & Sister: A Memoir, by Diane Keaton, Knopf, 176 pages, $25.95

Diane Keaton’s Family Album

In a new memoir, Diane Keaton disassembles her family’s narrative.

After spending six months in detox at Camarillo State Hospital, a reinvigorated Charlie Parker went to Jack’s Basket Room and gave what is considered by many to be the greatest performance of his life.

The Night Charlie Parker Soared in South Central L.A.

The jazz saxophonist gave a legendary after-hours performance at Jack’s Basket Room in 1947. No photos or recordings captured it, and last year a suspicious fire destroyed the L.A. building.


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