By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 30 (Wed.) Bill Cantos Quartet. Pianist/singer/songwriter Cantos is a first call rhythm section player. But he’s also a gifted performer in his own right, a songwriter whose works have the feel and the quality of the Great American Songbook. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – April 1.… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 29 – April 3
By Fernando Gonzalez Saxophonist James Moody, who died on December 9, 2010 of pancreatic cancer, was not only an extraordinary musician, but also a man of uncommon grace and generosity. Tonight, his life will be honored at the Blue Note in New York City in “A Celebration of Love and Life In Honor of James… Read More News:”A Celebration of Love and Life in Honor of James Moody” — Tonight at the Blue Note
By Michael Katz There is a moment at the Musicians Institute Saturday night when all is stillness. Guitarist Jim Hall has just announced the next tune, “All The Things You Are.” The near capacity house is riveted as Hall plucks the first few chords, his left hand working up and down the frets like a… Read More Live Jazz: The Jim Hall Quartet in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast Concert
By Michael Katz It’s always an occasion to celebrate when pianist Michael Wolff returns to LA. On Friday night at Vitello’s he led an all-star quartet, featuring his longtime running mate John B. Williams on bass, Bob Sheppard on tenor and soprano sax and, in a rare treat for this SoCal audience, Mike Clark on… Read More Live Jazz: The Michael Wolff Quartet at Vitello’s
. . “The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.” – Elizabeth Taylor . To read more Quotations of the Week click HERE.
By Don Heckman Alfredo Rodriguez returned to Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. Tuesday night, more than a year after he made his first memorable appearance at the Bel Air venue. And the performance was an impressive display of how far he has come in that brief, intervening time. Reviewing that first performance in August, 2009, I praised… Read More Live Jazz: The Alfredo Rodriguez Trio at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etcJ
By Devon Wendell The death of Joseph William “Pinetop” Perkins on Monday March 21, 2011 marks the end of an era of true, original Mississippi Delta blues pianists. Perkins was born in Belzoni, Mississippi and was nicknamed “Pinetop” for his highly regarded renderings of Pinetop Smith’s 1928 classic Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie. Eventually, he recorded it… Read More An Appreciation: Pinetop Perkins, R.I.P.