By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 30. (Mon.) Gala Opera Night. Demetra George and Ralph Cato perform “Villains and Heroines at the Opera,” selections from Puccini, Verdi and Strauss. Frank Fetta is music director. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 30. (Mon.) Slide FX Trombone Tentet. Not quite enough trombones to play “76… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6
By Devon Wendell Grandpa Elliott Sugar Sweet (Playing For Change) New Orleans’s own Grandpa Elliott’s debut is pure down home blues and southern fried soul without the usual over production that plagues most modern blues recording today. (Elliott was first recognized on The Play For Change project with his rendition of Stand By Me.) He… Read More Blues CDs: Grandpa Elliott, Arthur Adams, Brian Lee
By Don Heckman This was first published in its original form a year ago. Everything in that post still holds true, and I thought I’d add a few more musical reasons to be thankful. – Every note Charlie Parker ever played. – Ditto for Louis Armstrong. – Bebop, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, Ray… Read More Here, There and Everywhere: A Few (More) Things I’m Thankful For
By Don Heckman Full time big bands are in short supply these days. True, the ghost bands, bearing the names of Swing Era leaders tour the arts centers of America. And a few stable ensembles work to keep the instrumentation alive — some as institutional entities (the Jazz Orchestra of Lincoln Center, the Chicago Jazz… Read More Live Jazz: The Bob Mintzer Big Band at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 24. (Tues.) Bob Mintzer’s Big Band. Mintzer’s a high visibility saxophonist with the Yellowjackets, but he’s also a first rate big band arranger and composer. All those skills will be on display in this rare appearance with a full ensemble. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 24.… Read More Picks of the Week. Nov. 24 – 29
This is the first in a continuing series of iRoM holiday gift recommendations that will be adding new items until the end of 2009. By Don Heckman The latest entry in the Jazz Icons DVD series – Jazz Icons Series 4 – continues to provide extraordinary collections of live performances by some of the music’s… Read More iRoM’s Holiday Gift Guide: Jazz Icons Series 4
. . “When I write, there are times — not always — when I hear John in my head. I’ll think, ‘ OK, what would we have done here?,’ and I can hear him gripe or approve.” Paul McCartney . . To read other Quotations of the Week click here.