Live Country Music: Willie Nelson and Family at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein Last Friday night, Willie Nelson and Family delivered a quickly paced and very satisfying 90-minute set to a Greek Theatre nearly full of his devoted fans.   Performing below an appropriately huge Texas state flag, Nelson and his band held court to present the songs in his inimitably sparse style.   Perhaps it… Read More Live Country Music: Willie Nelson and Family at the Greek Theatre

Live Jazz: The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman The mission of the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is “perpetuating the uniquely American genre of symphonic jazz.”  There’s no disputing the desirability of that goal, and Saturday night’s concert at Royce Hall was clearly intended as a display of the Orchestra’s current achievements toward that end. The program began promisingly, with co-Music Director… Read More Live Jazz: The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra at Royce Hall

Jazz Review: The Charles Lloyd Quartet at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

By Tony Gieske Charles Lloyd was mesmerizing  everybody in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center Saturday night, and the place was full. The former Howlin’ Wolf sideman is an expert at this, nor was he in the least hampered by his own sidemen. On the contrary, young star Jason… Read More Jazz Review: The Charles Lloyd Quartet at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

Latin Jazz CD: Issac Delgado’s “L.O.V.E.”

By Fernando Gonzalez Issac Delgado L-O-V-E (Calle 54) Well before the concept of “crossover” became a commonplace in music marketing, Nat “King” Cole and his Honduras-born, Spanish-speaking manager, Carlos Gastel made a bold move to expand Cole’s fan base by recording an album of songs from the Latin repertoire — in Spanish. Some of the… Read More Latin Jazz CD: Issac Delgado’s “L.O.V.E.”

Live Jazz: The 53rd ANNUAL MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL (Day 3)

By Michael Katz Sunday promised to be a scintillating day of music, with several can’t miss attractions at the Garden Stage sandwiched between the afternoon and evening programs at the other venues. The early afternoon shows are annually dedicated to student bands, from the high school vocal ensembles to the Cal State Northridge band. The… Read More Live Jazz: The 53rd ANNUAL MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL (Day 3)