Live Jazz: The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, the Roy Hargrove Big Band and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band at the Hollywood Bowl.

By Don Heckman Big bands are the symphony orchestras of American music. For nearly a century now, they have been heard — in almost every part of the world — playing jazz, swing, pop, classical, boleros, Indian musical film music, tangos and more. In their jazz band manifestation, they have produced some of the art… Read More Live Jazz: The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, the Roy Hargrove Big Band and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band at the Hollywood Bowl.

Jazz CDs: Canaries of August — Tessa Souter, Gretchen Parlato, Willie Nelson, Greta Matassa, Judy Carmichael

By Don Heckman Tessa Souter Obsession (Motema) There are some jazz singers who tell stories, some who become virtual instruments, some who transform songs into expressions of their own pain. Tessa Souter does all that — and more, from time to time — in her quest to inhabit a song, to give it a life… Read More Jazz CDs: Canaries of August — Tessa Souter, Gretchen Parlato, Willie Nelson, Greta Matassa, Judy Carmichael

Picks of the Week: August 25 – 30

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 25. (Tues.) Placido Domingo and Yo-Yo Ma and the L.A. Philharmonic. What a combination. Domingo conducts Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Symphony No. 5 and Ma plays Dvorak’s controversial, but compelling, Cello Concerto. Hollywood Bowl (323) 850- 2000. – Aug. 25. (Tues.) Dana Bronson. Singer/pianst Bronson usually performs in cabaret and… Read More Picks of the Week: August 25 – 30