Live Jazz: William Galison at the Whitefire Theatre

by Devon Wendell It was an evening of pure, traditional jazz delivered with sensitivity and originality by harmonica wiz William Galison and his quintet on Thursday night at the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks.  Backing Galison in the L.A. Modern Jazz Series concert were pianist Otmaro Ruiz, clarinetist John Tegmeyer, bassist Greg Swiller and drummer… Read More Live Jazz: William Galison at the Whitefire Theatre

Live Jazz: Isfar Sarabski at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Don Heckman Isfar Sarabski.  Remember the name.  No, it doesn’t flow as freely across the lips as, say, Herbie Hancock or Keith Jarrett.  But you’re going to be hearing it, nonetheless. Only nineteen years old, Sarabski is a jazz pianist from Baku, Azerbaijan.  And his first U.S. appearance, Monday night before an invited audience… Read More Live Jazz: Isfar Sarabski at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Live Jazz: Lee Ritenour at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Devon Wendell Lee Ritenour kicked off a three-night stretch at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood Friday with a powerful set filled with jazz, rock, blues, and  funk for the guitar aficionado.  His performance was a celebration of his upcoming album Six String Theory album, dedicated to the guitar’s vital role in the genres of rock,… Read More Live Jazz: Lee Ritenour at Catalina Bar & Grill