Here, There & Everywhere: The Jazz Winners at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

By Don Heckman The jazz Grammys have been awarded and – Surprise! – there are no surprises.  Which, given the nominations, is not particularly surprising. Even so, that’s not to question the worthiness of winners such as the Joe Zawinul album 75, (recorded a couple of months before the composer/keyboardist’s death) – despite its peculiar… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Jazz Winners at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

Classical CD: Michael Maniaci “Mozart Arias For Male Soprano”

Michael Maniaci Mozart Arias For Male Soprano (Telarc) By Don Heckman The words “male soprano” may sound like a contradiction in terms, an oxymoron.  And it largely has been so for the past century and more.  Nonetheless, a substantial catalog of music was composed for male sopranos, mostly in the 17th and 18th centuries.  And… Read More Classical CD: Michael Maniaci “Mozart Arias For Male Soprano”

Picks of the Week: Jan. 25 – Jan. 31

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 25. (Mon.)  The Saxtet.  A cluster of L.A.’s finest jazz saxophonists get together.  Dave Angel, Gene Cipriano, Phil Feather, Roger Neumann, Bob Carr, Dave Koonse, Kendall Kay.  Charlie O’s.    (818) 989-3110. – Jan. 25. (Mon.)  Larry Goldings Organ Night. It’s boogaloo night this time, with a dance floor… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 25 – Jan. 31

CD Review: Tito Rodriquez “El Inolvidable”

Tito Rodriguez El Inolvidable (Fania) By Fernando Gonzalez The Golden Age of Latin music in New York, centered around the Palladium Ballroom, was largely defined by three orchestras: Machito and His Afro Cubans, led by Frank “Machito” Grillo, and the groups of timbalero Tito Puente, and singer and multi-instrumentalist Tito Rodriguez. Each had a distinctive… Read More CD Review: Tito Rodriquez “El Inolvidable”