By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 1. (Tues.) Herb Alpert and Lani Hall. Trumpeter Alpert and vocalist Hall discuss their remarkable careers (individually and as a couple) and offer a few of the new slants on standards that make up the program in their impressive new live CD, “Anything Goes.” Grammy Museum. – Sept.… Read More Picks of the Week: September 1 – 6
. . ““You can be the most artistically perfect performer in the world, but an audience is like a broad – if you’re indifferent, Endsville.” Frank Sinatra . To see more Quotations of the Week click here.
By Devon Wendell Jessy J True Love (Peak Records) Jessy J is a refreshing and sexy force in the world of smooth jazz. Her sophomore CD, True Love, produced by Paul Brown, is low key, sweet and atmospheric, combining her Latin roots with her stylish vocals and lush, sultry tenor saxophone playing. “Tropical Rain,” which… Read More Jazz CDs: Jessy J and Paul Taylor
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.
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
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
By Don Heckman “The Heroes of Woodstock.” It wasn’t a title that seemed consistent with what that unforgettable, summer of 1969 event at Yasgur’s farm in New York’s Sullivan County had really been all about. Not, that is, without the presence of Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix (among others). And, as it turned out, a… Read More Live Music: The Heroes of Woodstock at the Greek Theatre