By Fernando Gonzalez Almost by definition, tribute concerts are safe gambits. The honored figure provides a brand name, a ready-made repertoire, and a marketing narrative. Feature in the bill artists who were part of the honoree’ s career or were influenced by the master, stir and sell out the hall. Consider Celebrating Miles, the entertaining… Read More Live Jazz: Celebrating Miles at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida
. . “They doubted me on Michael for Thriller. I found the power in being underestimated. It’s the greatest place to be. – Quincy Jones From an “Esquire” interview with writer Cal Fussman.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 22. (Tues.) Anthony Wilson Quartet. Wilson’s skills reach well beyond his impressive guitar chops and into his primo abilities as a composer and arranger. Diana Krall’s been lucky to have him in her band for the last few years. Here he is in the spotlight. Vibrato Jazz Grill…etc.… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 22 – 27
By Don Heckman Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart have been working together for more than two decades. Given the fact that they’re all in their early forties, that’s nearly half a lifetime of musical compatibility – more than the longevity of many marriages. That compatibility was on far-reaching display Saturday night at Vitello’s… Read More Live Jazz: Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart at Vitello’s
. “They can market me however they want. If they want to put us in the pop rack or market us with Beyonce, I don’t care. Because I’m pretty sure that sincere music will cut through any setting. Plus, I have the confidence that, no matter where they put me, I won’t lose the integrity… Read More Quotation of the Week: Esperanza Spalding
By Devon Wendell Mississippi is a birthplace of the blues, rock ‘n’ roll and some of the most influential gospel, country, and folk music. The Recording Academy, quite correctly if not belatedly, finally decided to pay homage to the great music from this state last Thursday with its Mississippi Music Celebration — a program at… Read More Live Blues: A Mississippi Music Celebration with Homemade Jamz, Shannon McNally and Jimbo Mathus at the Grammy Museum
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 15. (Tues.) Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The JLCO under Marsalis has firmly established itself as the definitive jazz repertory big band, performing programs that keep the spirit of large ensemble jazz – from Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson to the present – alive and… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 15 – 20