Live Jazz: The Count Basie Orchestra, the Dave Holland Big Band and the Dave Douglas Big Band at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It sounded like a good idea.  Big Band Jazz night at the Hollywood Bowl.  Lacking a resident ensemble such as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, L.A.’s fans of big band jazz are generally limited to hearing large ensemble sounds on occasional Monday nights at the clubs.  (And we can be grateful… Read More Live Jazz: The Count Basie Orchestra, the Dave Holland Big Band and the Dave Douglas Big Band at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: Louis Prima Gets His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

By Devon Wendell Musical Renaissance man Louis Prima would have turned 100 this year, and maybe that’s why he finally received his star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sunday July 25, 2010, in front of The Montalban Theater in Hollywood, some 32 years after his death. Prima’s incredible legacy began in the 1930’s when… Read More Live Jazz: Louis Prima Gets His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Picks of the Week: July 26 – August 1

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 27. (Tues.) and 29. (Thurs.) Heroic Beethoven.  A pair of evenings overflowing with the splendor of Beethoven’s boundless imagination.  Pianist David Fray plays the Piano Concerto No. 3.  And Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Eroica Symphony No. 3.  The Hollywood Bowl.   (323) 850-2000. –… Read More Picks of the Week: July 26 – August 1

Live Jazz: Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield, Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal at the Hollywood Bowl

By Michael Katz There was a pleasing aura of comfort that emanated over the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night, the result of a group of musicians closely associated with L.A. that turned the sometimes imposing amphitheatre into their own personal living room on a chilly mid-summer’s night. From former L.A. resident and recent director of the… Read More Live Jazz: Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield, Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal at the Hollywood Bowl