By Don Heckman It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving Day has arrived. And here’s my annual, continual and growing list of the many reasons I have to be thankful. Let’s start with my most important reasons to be thankful: For my beautiful, loving, caring wife: Faith For my two incomparable children: Allegra and Alexander… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Music (And More) That I’m Thankful For
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 12. (Thurs.) Ariana Savalas . A singer, actress and the daughter of a show biz family, Savalas displays her warm, imaginative jazz vocalizing in every song she sings. Spaghettini Beverly Hills. (310) 424-4600. – Nov. 13. (Fri.) Bob Sheppard with the Pat Senatore trio. Sheppard’s saxophone and woodwind… Read More Picks of the Week Nov. 12 – 15″
By Roger Crane the Song Scout “Autumn Leaves” – two words that sound like a line from Haiku and, in fact, the song’s origin was a French poem “Les Feuilles Mortes,” written by Jacques Prevert. That title roughly translates to “Dead Leaves.” Prevert’s poem was set to music by composer Joseph Kosma and introduced in… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Alive: “Autumn Leaves”
By Brick Wahl To me jazz and language are pretty much one and the same. Same rules, and same lack thereof. Everything you can do in jazz you can do with language. I listen to jazz players and words stream through my head with the music. Sometimes it’s visual – I can see the words… Read More Brick Wahl Keeping It Real: The Shape of Words To Come
When lonely feelings chill the meadows of your mind, Just think if winter comes, can Spring be far behind? Beneath the deepest snows, the secret of a rose is merely that it knows You must believe in Spring! Just as a tree is sure its leaves will reappear; It knows its emptiness is just… Read More Wisdom of the Great Songbook: Alan and Marilyn Bergman’s “You Must Believe In Spring”
By Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon. It was string quartet time again Friday and Saturday at Southern Oregon University’s Music Recital Hall. The spotlight was on the Daedalus Quartet, with violist Martin Beaver added for the final piece on the program. Like the season’s previous string quartet programs presented by Chamber Music Concerts, the evening offered… Read More Live Chamber Music: The Daedalus Quartet
By Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon. It’s been considerably more than two decades since I first wrote about a Bill Frisell program – a review in 1989 for the Los Angeles Times. I covered several other Frisell events for the Times in the interim, as well. And, although there were a few performances that aroused some… Read More Live Music: The Bill Frisell Quartet at the Ashland Armory.