By Don Heckman Trying to distract myself from a too-juicy cold yesterday that had me sneezing every five minutes, I put some Chopin mazurkas on the CD player. Aside from the lyrical melodies and the soaring harmonies, it’s always fascinating to me to hear how he adapted popular dance forms to his free flying imagination.… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Tatum Mazurkas?
The following was submitted by a prominent Grammy Award-winning producer/composer/musician who wishes to remain anonymous. It offers novel solutions for the insufferable lounge gigs that an Indian pianist has to endure. — CD Every night find a rationale to play, including wild fantasies and vendettas. Re-harmonize as much as possible all the time, to the exclusion of… Read More Advice to an Unhappy Jazz Piano Accompanist
Los Angeles – Jan. 26. (Mon.) Remembering Russ Freeman. A long overdue remembrance of the bop-driven pianist/composer who was so vital to the West Coast jazz of Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne and others. Featuring trumpeter Bobby Shew, vocalist Tyia Wilson and a string ensemble performing Nathan Tanoue‘s new arrangements of Freeman works. Jazz… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1
By Don Heckman A 70th anniversary for any record company is an impressive achievement. A 70th anniversary for a jazz record company is almost unheard of. So the current celebration of the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records — which includes upcoming tributes associated with the Grammy Awards, as well as a series of touring… Read More Live Jazz: The Blue Note 7
by Casey Dolan The Mitch Mitchell family has issued the following message in response to the universal outpouring of grief by fans of the drummer following his death last November: Mitch’s death has been the most devastating blow to all of us. We miss him so much, and of course life will never be the… Read More From the Mitch Mitchell Family
Los Angeles – Jan. 21. (Wed.) Quartetto Gelato. Classical, Opera, Tango, Gypsy, and Folk music – you name it, the Quartetto probably plays it, in their own unique fashion — with cello, violin, accordion and clarinet. Expect to hear Rossini, Von Weber, Bach, Romanian folk music and more. Cerritos Center. (562) 467-8818 http://www.cerritoscenter.com. – Jan.… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan 21 – 25
by Don Heckman A little over a month ago, I had a conversation with Quincy Jones at Santa Monica’s Barnes & Noble about his new biographical book, “Quincy Jones: My Journey & Passions.” In addition to the book, we discussed a lot of other things, with Q. using my questions as take off points for… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Secretary of the Arts Quincy Jones?