By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 31. (Tues.) Bruce Cockburn and Jenny Scheinman. Versatile guitarist/composer Cockburn performs selections from his latest album, Small Source of Comfort, with the aid of eclectic violinist Scheinman. The El Rey. http://www.theelrey.com (323) 936-6400. – May 31. (Tues.) Wayne Bergeron Big Band. One of the jazz world’s finest, most… Read More Picks of the Week: May 31 – June 5
Memorial Day 2011 “Where have all the graveyards gone? Long time passing Where have all the graveyards gone? Long time ago Where have all the graveyards gone? Covered with flowers every one When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn?” – Pete Seeger and Joe Hickerson (from “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”)… Read More Quotation of the Week: Pete Seeger
Marty Grebb High Steppin’ (Luna Chica) By Devon Wendell As is the case with many of the most talented artists, Marty Grebb is a household name among mostly the top and more well known musicians — most of whom he’s played with as a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer over the past four decades —… Read More Blues CD Review: Marty Grebb’s “High Steppin'”
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 24. (Tues.) A Tribute to Gene Harris. This is as close as live music gets to the irresistible sounds of the late Gene Harris’ Quartet. Pianist Bradley Young takes the lead role, backed by a trio of alumni from the original Harris ensemble – Luther Hughes, bass,… Read More Picks of the Week: May 24 – 29
Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition Confederate Buddha (Memphis International Records) By Devon Wendell Mississippi native and Squirrel Nut Zipper founder Jimbo Mathus has always been fearless in his pursuit of purity in the realms of country, blues, and Southern-fried soul. And that’s certainly the case on this gloriously under-produced, upcoming CD (scheduled for release… Read More CD Review: Jimbo Mathus “Confederate Buddha”
By Tony Gieske No need to add encomia to the already overloaded resume of the great Jane Harvey, who transformed Catalina’s into a hip little branch of the Apple the other night. She probably could have gotten by with just singing her resume, this lady. (Lorraine Feather could have written the music.) Harvey might have… Read More Live Jazz: Jane Harvey at Catalina Bar & Grill
. . “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” -Bill Cosby . . To read a Q & A about Bill Cosby, jazz and the Playboy Jazz Festival click HERE. To read more Quotations of the week click HERE.