Live Music: “And Then She Wrote” with Peter Marshall, Carol Welsman, Denise Donatelli

By Don Heckman Studio City, CA.  It was a return visit to Vitello’s Wednesday night for And They She Wrote.  The cast was slightly different from the line-up that brought the same show to Vitello’s  in June.  But the selections were largely the same classics from the Great American songbook, once again illuminating how many of… Read More Live Music: “And Then She Wrote” with Peter Marshall, Carol Welsman, Denise Donatelli

A Twist Of Doc: The 67th Anniversary of Charlie Parker’s “Koko” Sessions

By Devon “Doc” Wendell Charlie Parker is known as the creator of Bebop, the man who changed jazz as drastically as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Due to a ban on recording by the American Federation Of Musicians from 1942-44, Parker’s great musical discovery would remain a mystery until the release of his take on… Read More A Twist Of Doc: The 67th Anniversary of Charlie Parker’s “Koko” Sessions

Short Takes: Of Wind and Rain, Plaintive Guitars and Joyful Jazz

By Brian Arsenault Cathie Ryan Through Wind and Rain (Mo Leanbh Records) I wasn’t too sure what I thought of Cathie Ryan’s Through Wind and Rain through the first couple of songs, which seemed sort of frivolous, even cutesy. But, ah, when she sings the darkly beautiful “Mo Nion O” three songs in, then I… Read More Short Takes: Of Wind and Rain, Plaintive Guitars and Joyful Jazz