Live Jazz: Highlights from the 36th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival At The Hollywood Bowl

By Devon Wendell So it’s that time again folks; another annual Playboy Jazz Festival has come and gone. As most of us know, the first rule when attending the festival is that we pissed off jazz enthusiasts must check our inner jazz- purist at the security gate before the festivities begin because you could actually… Read More Live Jazz: Highlights from the 36th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival At The Hollywood Bowl

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Live Jazz: The 36th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman What is there to say about a Festival that loses its way? It’s a question that kept running through my mind during the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl. That’s not to challenge the quality of the sounds beamed from the Bowl stage to a capacity… Read More Live Jazz: The 36th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz; Dee Dee Bridgewater and Al Jarreau at Disney Concert Hall

By Don Heckman The combination of Al Jarreau and Dee Dee Bridgewater, performing at Disney Hall Sunday night on the same stage was an inspired booking.  One could make a good case for the event as a rare display of brilliant jazz singing at the highest level.  The only missing element, in fact, was the… Read More Live Jazz; Dee Dee Bridgewater and Al Jarreau at Disney Concert Hall