Advice to an Unhappy Jazz Piano Accompanist

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

Picks of the Week: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1

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

Picks of the Week: Jan 21 – 25

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