Brian Arsenault Takes On: Floating Islands and Spaghetti Eating Ravens

By Brian Arsenault Islands seem to float above the water in the North Atlantic in Winter. I learned that from a fourth generation islander. I’d seen it myself but didn’t want to mention it for fear of being accused of submitting to the new New England marijuana laws. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.… Read More Brian Arsenault Takes On: Floating Islands and Spaghetti Eating Ravens

Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s “Lost in the Stars” at Royce Hall

By Jane Rosenberg When a politically powerful work of art performed by world-class artists takes the stage before an audience hungering for substance and truth, the results are electric. Without doubt, UCLA’s Royce Hall was an important place to be on Sunday evening. Those in attendance were treated to an emotional rollercoaster of profound implications.… Read More Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s “Lost in the Stars” at Royce Hall

THE BEST MUSIC TO SEE AND HEAR THIS WEEK JUNE 13 – 19 IN LOS ANGELES

By Don Heckman Monday (6/13) …Monday nights have long been favorite occasions to hear big bands in action. As is often the case in L.A. Here are two of this week’s most bountiful opportunities: Stellar guitarist Kenny Burrell and the his swinging L.A. Jazz Unlimited Orchestra are at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood. Also… Read More THE BEST MUSIC TO SEE AND HEAR THIS WEEK JUNE 13 – 19 IN LOS ANGELES

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: Leonardo Amuedo’s “Guitar Stories” (Sony-Masterworks)

By Don Heckman Jazz of every stripe, from New Orleans to Smooth, with all stops in between, has always been America’s gift to the world. Honored in countries reaching from Asia to Europe, South America, Africa and beyond, it has also stimulated a flow of unique creativity from musicians in every part of the globe.… Read More CD Review: Leonardo Amuedo’s “Guitar Stories” (Sony-Masterworks)