By Don Heckman Bill Holman – Willis to his friends – is making one of his too-rare performances with his big band tonight in the up close and personal environs of Vitello’s. For fans of big band jazz, it’ll be an opportunity to hear some music from a composer/arranger who is arguably one of the… Read More Q & A: Bill Holman — Composer, Arranger, Bandleader
. . “We often feel sad in the presence of music without words; and often more than that in the presence of music without music.” – Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) . To read more Quotations of the Week, click HERE.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 25. (Tues.) John Pisano Guitar Night features the always compelling playing of Anthony Wilson in the downstairs lounge. Upstairs, the jazz voices take over, with the Peter Eldridge Group and Dollison & Marsh’s Vertical Voices. Grammy nominated pianist Geoff Keezer provides his usual scintillating accompaniment. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905.… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 25 – 31
By Tony Gieske “Aurora” was not named after Aurore Dupin, Baronne Dudevant, better known as George Sand, as one would no doubt expect. No, it was in fact a richly imagined jump tune by Patrick Williams, of whom we all know who that is. Since his flawless, boisterous and wonderfully precise band, which even had… Read More Live Jazz: The Patrick Williams Big Band at Vitello’s
By Michael Katz Pianist Brad Mehldau brought an estimable quintet to Disney Hall Friday night to perform compositions from his Night Rider album, backed by a chamber orchestra conducted by Scott Yoo. The combination of jazz and orchestra always presents challenges to both musicians and audience, as traditional soloing and interplay within a small group… Read More Live Jazz: Brad Mehldau and Friends at Walt Disney Concert Hall
. . “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga . To read more Quotations of the Week, click HERE.
By Don Heckman Last week, John Pisano’s Guitar Night celebrated its 14th anniversary of bringing weekly guitar jams to the Southland’s jazz audience. And last night, Guitar Night kicked off its 15th year with the kind of evening that has made this long run series into such a vital jazz destination. In addition to the… Read More Live Jazz: John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Vitello’s with Larry Koonse and Tom Warrington