News: Jimi Hendrix’s personal items arrive at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian

By Don Heckman Some unique Jimi Hendrix items have arrived at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. for the exhibition “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture,” opening July 1. Hendrix’s grandmother was a Cherokee Indian.  The items, which were accompanied by his sister, Janie Hendrix, consist of a full-length coat made of… Read More News: Jimi Hendrix’s personal items arrive at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian

Picks of the Week: April 26 – May 2

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 26. (Mon.)  Karen Marguth Quintet.  Featuring Eva Scow, mandolin.  Singer Marguth and mandolinist Scow have been producing some fascinating displays of briskly swinging voice and mandolin jazz.  Hear them in the always friendly, laid-back setting of Charlie O’s.   Charlie O’s.    (919) 994-3058. – April 28. (Wed.)  Kevin Eubanks… Read More Picks of the Week: April 26 – May 2

Live Jazz: The Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars at Royce Hall

By Michael Katz When I last saw the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars, they were opening the 52nd MJF before a raucous Friday night crowd, the hour allotted to them not nearly enough to hold all their collective talents. Seven months later, in the more restrained environment of UCLA’s Royce Hall, I caught up with them… Read More Live Jazz: The Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars at Royce Hall

Live World Music: Strunz & Farah at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Don Heckman Strunz and Farah have been around for so long that it can be easy to take them for granted.  The two-guitar partnership of Costa Rican-born Jorge Strunz and Iranian native Ardeshir Farah reaches back to their first CD, Mosaico, released in 1980.  And their three-decade musical relationship (lasting longer than many marriages)… Read More Live World Music: Strunz & Farah at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Live Jazz: Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion at Disney Hall

By Don Heckman Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion tour arrived at Disney Hall Monday night. And one couldn’t have asked for a more amiable setting than Frank Gehry’s architecturally unique performance space.  The stage was filled with the Orchestrion’s clusters and stacks of instruments – from a grand piano, marimbas and acoustic guitars to cymbals, percussion and… Read More Live Jazz: Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion at Disney Hall