By Tony Gieske It seems needlessly nutrition conscious to sneer at George Shearing because of the candy-like character of his music. The Centers for Disease Control has recorded not a single case of diabetes attributable to its consumption, for one thing. Shearing’s innocence was well established by a sweet evening with The Sounds of Shearing… Read More Live Jazz: The Sounds of Shearing at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles -June 30. (Wed.) Sally Kellerman. Hot Lips is back. And, as convincing as she was in M*A*S*H, she’s even more so as a singer, crafting tunes simmering with traces of jazz, folk, soul and country. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – June 30. (Wed.) Open Hands. One of the Southland’s authentic all-star… Read More Picks of the Week: June 29 – July 4
By Don Heckman Herbie Hancock’s storied career has been one of the most remarkable in jazz history. An influential pianist for more than four decades, moving freely from the most esoteric improvisational forms to the entertaining arenas of pop crossovers, he has been in the vanguard of expanding the horizons of jazz expressiveness. Last year,… Read More Q & A: Herbie Hancock and “The Imagine Project”
By Tony Gieske The main thing about Clare Fischer’s Clarinet Choir is its unprecedented sound, the freshest thing in reed literature since the Four Brothers sound devised by Shorty Rogers and Ralph Burns for Woody Herman’s band, which we all know from the unforgettable “Keen & Peachy.” Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Serge Chaloff, and Al… Read More Live Jazz: Clare Fischer’s Clarinet Choir at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Mike Finkelstein Guitar Night at Vitello’s in Studio City is the 13 year, ongoing pet project of journeyman jazz guitarist John Pisano. The format can vary. On Tuesday, the guest guitarist, Laurence Juber, played several solo numbers before he was joined by Pisano and bassist Domenic Genova for several more numbers in a two set… Read More Live Jazz: John Pisano’s Guitar Night with Laurence Juber at Vitello’s
. . Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate reason. Albert Camus . To read more Quotations of the… Read More Quotation of the Week: Albert Camus
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 22. (Tues.) The Clare Fischer Clarinet Choir. Conducted by Brent Fischer. Fischer thoroughly understands the extraordinary tonal possibilities of the clarinet family, from the Eb contrabass to the familiar Bb “licorice stick.” Don’t miss this one. Vibrato. (310) 474-9400. – June 22. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar Night. Laurence… Read More Picks of the Week: June 21 – 27