Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “I Hadn’t Anyone Till You”

By Roger Crane, the Song Scout Background/Discussion A piano bar (not many of those anymore), a few booths and some concealing drapes between plaster pillars with a big white piano in the center. Dix and Laurel (Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame), seated on stools around the piano, are directly across from the singer-pianist, Hadda Brooks,… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “I Hadn’t Anyone Till You”

LA Opera’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg As a reader of fairytales, with a particular devotion E.T.A. Hoffmann’s stories, Offenbach’s opera has always exerted a strong pull on my imagination. I approach every production with anticipation – much like a child eagerly awaiting a performance of The Nutcracker, another magical Hoffmann creation. Opening night of LA Opera’s The Tales… Read More LA Opera’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Highlight of the Week: Téka & NewBossa at the E Spot Lounge March 29

By Don Heckman Brazilian singer/guitarist Teka and her New Bossa Quartet perform music rich with free flying jazz, the irresistible rhythms and melodies of Brazil, and the lyrical pleasures of the Great American Songbook. She will make a rare Los Angeles appearance with her New Bossa group at the E Spot Lounge in Studio City.… Read More Highlight of the Week: Téka & NewBossa at the E Spot Lounge March 29

A ROGER CRANE SONG SCOUT AURAL BACK RUB: Five by the Elegant MJQ

By Roger Crane, the Song Scout The ground-breaking big band Dizzy Gillespie formed in 1946 was one of the most powerful and exciting in the history of jazz. Its brass and reed sections were given arrangements that demanded heavy expenditures of energy. It didn’t take long for Gillespie to realize that his horns needed more… Read More A ROGER CRANE SONG SCOUT AURAL BACK RUB: Five by the Elegant MJQ