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
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”
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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
By Fernando Gonzalez Panama City, Panama. The 7th Panama Jazz Festival, celebrated in Panama City January 11-16, concluded Saturday with a free, outdoor concert at Plaza Catedral, in front of the historic cathedral in Old Panama City. What started only a few years ago as a Quixotic adventure by Panamanian pianist, Grammy winner and educator… Read More Live Jazz: The 7th Panama Jazz Festival
By Fernando Gonzalez The just launched Global Jazz Institute, announced at a gala at the 7th Panama Jazz Festival, is not your standard program – not even for a forward looking institution like Berklee College of Music. “The vision is comprised of three elements,” explains pianist and educator Danilo Pérez, Artistic Director of the program.… Read More News: The Berklee Global Jazz Institute
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”