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
By Don Heckman Trumpeter Lew Soloff is the very model of a veteran jazz artist — fluent, articulate and imaginative in almost any musical setting. His resume, far too long to list, reaches from Blood, Sweat & Tears to Gil Evans. But what Soloff brought Thursday to the first of two appearances at Charlie O’s… Read More Live Jazz: Lew Soloff at Charlie O’s
. “I say, play your own way. Don’t play what the public wants. You play what you want and let the public pick up on what you’re doing — even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years.” – Thelonious Monk. . To read other Quotations of the Week click here.
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.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles Oct. 26. (Mon.) Charito. Japanese singer Charito performs convincingly in areas reaching from jazz to r&b and soul music. She also appears at Yoshi’s Oakland on Oct. 27 (see below). Catalina Bar & Grill (323) 466-2210. Oct. 27. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar Night is always one of the Southland’s most… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 26 – Nov. 1
By Don Heckman Bossa nova has never needed anything more than a guitar and voice to deliver its message. And the performance by Gal Costa and Oscar Castro-Neves Saturday night in a UCLA Live concert at Royce Hall affirmed just how musically convincing that minimal combination can be. Costa has been a star of Brazilian… Read More Live Music: Gal Costa and Oscar Castro-Neves at Royce Hall
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