The irrepressible Brick Wahl wraps up 2011 with a glance in the rear view mirror at 1991. By Brick Wahl Just saw that it’s been 20 years since Nirvana’s Nevermind came out. Great record. Too bad it wrecked everything. Ya see, there was this underground scene before that, hopelessly uncommercial, a global thing of all these… Read More Brick Wahl Looks Back: No Recess
By Fernando Gonzalez Closing 2011 with a glance back, a peek into the future and sincere gratitude to the artists and producers who keep creating and pushing forward, no matter how daunting the odds. Your work is an inspiration. Thank you all, let’s meet again in 2012. Catching up: Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard Chano… Read More Jazz With An Accent: Catching up; Upcoming Releases; A New Jazz Label
By Don Heckman Okay, let me get right to the point up front. Jane Monheit’s performance at Catalina Bar & Grill Tuesday night produced some of the most memorable music of this or any other year. And I can think of no better holiday present – to loved ones or oneself – than spending a… Read More Live Jazz: Jane Monheit at Catalina Bar & Grill
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 27 – Jan 1. (Tues. through Sunday) Jane Monheit. The beautiful Monheit gets an early start, ramping up all week to the big Saturday night New Year’s celebration. And what better way to bring in 2012 than by hearing her velvet voice and gentle swing delivering “Auld Lang… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 27 – Jan. 1
A Christmas Jazz Tale by Don Heckman ‘Twas the night before Christmas and the gig was running late; No sugar plums, no candy canes, just another overtime club date, Holidays are work days in a jazz musician’s life, A chance to make some extra bucks to take home to the wife. Chanukah’s underway, Kwaanza starts… Read More The Holidays 2011
By Don Heckman Christmas caroling was a regular seasonal activity in my young life. Growing up in an Eastern Pennsylvania rust belt city, singing carols while slip-sliding our way across icy sidewalks was as necessary to the holiday as going to Mass on Christmas eve. In a way, it was an equally necessary counter to… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Sing! Sing! Sing!
By Don Heckman Who would have thought that Tuesday night’s Disney Hall performance by jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli would wind up in a singalong with the entire audience joining in on “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” The answer is anyone who’s ever seen Pizzarelli, his trio, and his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, in… Read More Live Jazz: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey at Disney Hall