CD Release: Sylvia Brooks “The Arrangement” at Catalina Jazz Club, June 7

by Faith Frenz Singers need words and music.  But arrangements are the secret to a good song and what distinguishes the singer.  A good example is Sinatra and Nelson Riddle. Catalina –the Doyen of jazz for LA — has always welcomed  and supported the jazz community to help showcase their aspirations and satisfy the Los… Read More CD Release: Sylvia Brooks “The Arrangement” at Catalina Jazz Club, June 7

Live Jazz: Seven String guitarist Howard Alden performs in a Siskiyou Music Project at the Pascal Winery

By Don Heckman Talent, Oregon. Last Sunday night, New York’s great seven string guitarist Howard Alden gave a stunning display of the too rarely heard instrument’s expressive jazz potential in a performance at the Paschal Winery. The first half of the performance, produced by the Siskiyou Music Project, began with a far ranging program of… Read More Live Jazz: Seven String guitarist Howard Alden performs in a Siskiyou Music Project at the Pascal Winery

Live Jazz: “Pearl of Django” at the Belle Fiore Winery

By Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon. The immortal music of the great French Gypsy guitarist/composer Django Reinhardt was in the air Wednesday at a seemingly unlikely location – the Belle Fiore Winery. But it’s  second floor open air restaurant, with vistas of rolling vineyards in all directions, was the perfect setting for some classic Django jazz.… Read More Live Jazz: “Pearl of Django” at the Belle Fiore Winery

Live Jazz: The Art Lande/Paul McCandless Quartet

By Don Heckman Medford, Oregon. Adventurous music was in the air Sunday night at Medford’s Artistic Piano Gallery in another stirring musical offering from the Siskiyou Music Project. What made it “adventurous” and “stirring?” Start with the world class musical inventiveness of pianist Art Lande and the multi-instrumental versatility of woodwind artist Paul McCandless. Then… Read More Live Jazz: The Art Lande/Paul McCandless Quartet

CD Review: Herb Alpert’s “Come Fly With Me”

By Don Heckman Renaissance Man is a label that’s been associated with Herb Alpert’s diverse career for years. And with good reason. How better to accurately describe Alpert’s mastery of skills reaching from the deep, often dark, complexities of the music business to his imaginative accomplishments as trumpeter, song writer, composer, band leader, producer, philanthropist… Read More CD Review: Herb Alpert’s “Come Fly With Me”

Nightbird: Eva Cassidy’s “Complete Blues Alley” 20th Anniversary Collection

by Faith Frenz Released last December by Blix Street Records, the Eva Cassidy Nightbird two-CD set is remastered from the original tape recordings of her 1996 performance in the Washington D.C. Jazz club, Blues Alley. All 33 songs were one take live performances in that club on one night. The album includes 12 previously unreleased… Read More Nightbird: Eva Cassidy’s “Complete Blues Alley” 20th Anniversary Collection

Live Jazz: The Hristo Vitchev Trio at Southern Oregon University

  by Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon.  Jazz is always at its best when the musicians play in a quiet improvisational setting. Which exactly describes Friday’s performance of the Hristo Vitchev Trio featuring guitarist Hristo, pianist Jasnam Daya Singh and tenor saxophonist Dann Zinn . The unadorned open space of the Southern University University band room… Read More Live Jazz: The Hristo Vitchev Trio at Southern Oregon University