Cris Jacobs brought his A Very Jerry Christmas show back to Gypsy Sally’s last Wednesday before returning to the 8X10 in Baltimore for two sold out nights. He started this holiday celebration a few years ago and said, “it’s some of the most fun gigs of the year.”Jacobs, who has been riding a wave a success following the release of his new album, Dust to Gold, was joined by John Ginty on the organ, Mookie Siegel on keys, Dave Markowitz on bass, and Ed Hobugh on drums. You can catch Cris again with Everyone Orchestra for a two night new years run at Gypsy Sally’s on the 30th and 31st.Check out audio and videos from all three nights below:Gypsy Sally’s soundboard/mic audio mix:Gypsy Sally’s YouTube Live Recording:8X10 YouTube Live Recording, Night 1:8X10 Youtube Live Recording, Night 2:
CHICAGO >> The two words spilled out of D’Angelo Russell’s mouth. The Ohio State guard then realized the implications over voluntarily comparing himself to Golden State’s Stephen Curry. “I don’t want to sound like I’m overdoing it since he’s the MVP of the league,” Russell said on Friday at the NBA pre-draft combine. “But when I watch his game, I see myself. The plays he makes, the shots he takes and passes he makes, I see it before it even happens. I feel like that’s what separates me from a lot.”So much that Russell declared himself “the best player in the draft.” Various NBA teams feel he is at least one of the best players. The Lakers represented one of many teams that interviewed Russell, whom various NBA mock drafts peg to land anywhere between the No. 1 and 4 spots. Even though the Lakers became pleasantly surprised with Jordan Clarkson’s development his rookie season, they still have kept the option open to upgrade their point guard spot either through the NBA draft or free agency. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Will the Lakers take a risk by drafting China’s Emmanuel Mudiay, even if footage is not readily available? Will they still find Rajon Rondo enticing despite his contentious time with the Dallas Mavericks? Or will they settle on a safer route by choosing Russell?He sounded open to that possibility. Russell called the Lakers “a building organization” before acknowledging, “you don’t know what they’re going to have with Kobe (Bryant) and all those guys.” But Russell sounded enthusiastic about playing under Bryant, who will enter the 2014-15 campaign in his 20th and possibly final season after suffering a torn rotator cuff to his right shoulder last season that kept him out for all but 35 games. “If I played under him, I would definitely try to learn as much as I could and gain as much information as I could,” Russell said about playing with Bryant. I’d take it upon myself to better myself. He’s a great. I feel like the league won’t be the same once he’s gone. But if I get to play with him for at least a year, that would be dope.”Whether that happens could become as unpredictable as one of Russell’s nifty passes or shots that resulted in him averaging 19.3 points and five assists as the Big 10 Freshman of the Year. The Lakers have an 82.8 percent chance of retaining their top-five protected pick instead of sending it to Philadelphia as part of the Steve Nash deal. But with the Lakers (21-61) finishing with the NBA’s fourth-worst record, they are more likely to land fifth (35.1 percent) instead of first, (11.9), second (12.6), third (13.3) or fourth (9.9). So even if the Lakers put more importance on backcourt depth than bolstering their frontcourt, Russell might not become available. Russell arguably was the best prospect to attend the combine, considering Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, Kentucky’s Karl Anthony-Towns and Mudiay all skipped the event. Russell also might ensure that he only works out for teams assured of a top-three pick. But he downplayed that possibility. “It’ll be a blessing to be No. 1, but I want to go somewhere where I know I can stick and help build a legacy,” Russell said. “If that’s me being an eighth pick, I prefer that, honestly. That may sound (weird) with the money. But I’d rather be a superstar with one team in three or four years instead of bouncing around after being the number one pick in the draft.”Russell conceded he did not envision becoming a so-called “one-and-done,” believing he would need to play all four years with the Buckeyes before turning pro.But then Russell experienced some unexpected developments. He believed his scoring, passing and tempo became natural, skills that several NBA analysts echoed. Russell credited his experience playing in the Big Ten for preparing him to absorb physical poundings. He also reported he added 10 pounds of muscle to his listed 6-foot-5, 180-pound frame. All of which led Russell to his original statement on why he believes he could mirror the NBA’s currently best player. “My demeanor, the way I carry myself and the way I approach the game separates myself from everyone here,” Russell said. “I don’t want to be known as just a scorer. I want to be known as a guy who does everything.”
FIGHTER OF THE DECADE— Champion Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, poses for a photo during a news conference Jan. 20, in New York, to promote an upcoming fight against Joshua Clottey. Pacquiao says he will accept his awards haul in person at the 85th boxing writers awards dinner on June 11 in New York City.The reigning pound-for-pound king was chosen fighter of the decade over Bernard Hopkins, Joe Calzaghe, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Marco Antonio Barrera.Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, was honored with a record-setting fourth Eddie Futch Award for trainer of the year. Futch once trained Roach, who eventually became his assistant and has gone on to train the likes of Israel Vazquez and James Toney.“Manny and I are a great team and to win this award you need a great fighter,” Roach told ESPN.com Sunday. “Hopefully, [junior welterweight titlist] Amir Khan will be my next guy. It’s my favorite award because its named after my trainer [the late Eddie Futch].”Juan Manuel Marquez’s ninth-round knockout of Juan Diaz was picked as fight of the year, an award that was renamed this year for Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.The John F.X. Condon award for long and meritorious service was given to Jerry Izenberg, who covered boxing and other sports for decades at The Star Ledger in Newark, N.J.Former three-division champion Alexis Arguello was honored posthumously with the Marvin Kohn Award, given to an individual who exemplifies goodwill. The Hall of Famer who eventually became mayor of Managua, Nicaragua, died in July at age 57.ESPN broadcaster Joe Tessitore won the Sam Taub Award for broadcasting excellence, and Showtime broadcaster Nick Charles and former heavyweight contender George Chuvalo shared the Bill Crawford Award for perseverance in overcoming adversity. NEW YORK (AP)—Manny Pacquiao was honored as the fighter of the decade by the Boxing Writer’s Association of America Feb. 1, along with matching Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield by winning his third fighter of the year award. Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KOs) capped off a remarkable decade by stopping welterweight Miguel Cotto in the final round in November to win a title in a record-setting seventh weight division. Pacquiao will return to the ring in March when he defends his WBO belt against Joshua Clottey at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.