Live Music at the Hollywood Bowl: Herbie Hancock and “Celebrating Peace”

By Don Heckman It’s good to see Herbie Hancock occasionally step away from his office job as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Creative Chair for Jazz and take a seat, instead, at a keyboard.  His official presence in a jazz advisory capacity has certainly had salutary effects upon the Phil’s perception of jazz.  But so, too,… Read More Live Music at the Hollywood Bowl: Herbie Hancock and “Celebrating Peace”

CD Review: Cheryl Bentyne “Let’s Misbehave – The Cole Porter Songbook”

Cheryl Bentyne “Let’s Misbehave – The Cole Porter Songbook” (Summit Records) By Brian Arsenault You come back from cancer knowing you are mortal — you are therefore human — so Cole Porter’s ability to “cover the human condition” seems so right for Cheryl Bentyne, long of Manhattan Transfer. And it is. Thoughtful, playful, wry, romantic,… Read More CD Review: Cheryl Bentyne “Let’s Misbehave – The Cole Porter Songbook”

Picks of the Week: Aug. 27 – Sept. 2

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 27. (Mon.)  Jason Marsalis Quartet. He may be the youngest member of the illustrious Marsalis jazz family, but drummer/vibraphonist Jason has already established his own impressive musical identity.  Catalina Bar & Grill.  (323) 466-2210. – Aug. 28 & Aug. 30/ (Tues. & Thurs.)  Carmina Burana. German composer Carl… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 27 – Sept. 2

Live Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl: Diana Krall and the Los Angeles Philharmonic

By Don Heckman Diana Krall just keeps getting better.  She strolled across the stage at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night with all the confident panache of the major musical star she has become. What a difference from the Diana I knew nearly two decades ago.  The Diana who then sometimes remarked about her recurrent fantasy… Read More Live Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl: Diana Krall and the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Live Music at the Hollywood Bowl: “Midsummer Mozart” with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nicholas McGegan and violinist Henning Kraggerud

By Don Heckman “Midsummer Mozart” was the headline for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Thursday night Hollywood Bowl concert – the second this week with English conductor Nicholas McGegan at the podium. And, as with his dynamic leadership of a Haydn program on Tuesday, he again guided the talented Philharmonic players through a strikingly authentic set… Read More Live Music at the Hollywood Bowl: “Midsummer Mozart” with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nicholas McGegan and violinist Henning Kraggerud

Konik’s Commentary: “Creating Something Out of Nothing — The Art of Being Funny In Los Angeles” (Part 2)

Music of all sorts, especially jazz, has had a long amiable relationship with comedy and comics, reaching back to such inimitable comedic improvisers as Lord Buckley, Lennie Bruce, Mort Sahl, Steve Allen and many others.  L.A., always a center for gifted humorists, continues to play a vital role in the unfolding development of contemporary comedy. … Read More Konik’s Commentary: “Creating Something Out of Nothing — The Art of Being Funny In Los Angeles” (Part 2)

Konik’s Commentary: “Creating Something Out Of Nothing — The Art of Being Funny in Los Angeles” (Part 1)

Music of all sorts, especially jazz, has had a long amiable relationship with comedy and comics, reaching back to such inimitable comedic improvisers as Lord Buckley, Lennie Bruce, Mort Sahl, Steve Allen and many others.  L.A., always a center for gifted humorists, continues to play a vital role in the unfolding development of contemporary comedy. … Read More Konik’s Commentary: “Creating Something Out Of Nothing — The Art of Being Funny in Los Angeles” (Part 1)