By Don Heckman It would be hard to find two better examples of some of the changes that have taken place in jazz during the new century than the presence and the playing of Anat Cohen and Eliane Elias. Tel Aviv-born Cohen and Sao Paulo-born Elias have convincingly established themselves as significant instrumentalists. And, in… Read More CD Reviews: Anat Cohen’s “Luminosa” and Eliane Elias’ “Made In Brazil”
By Don Heckman Bel Air, CA. Some of the best nights for jazz in Los Angeles take place on the week nights when the city’s prime jazz destinations – Catalina Bar & Grill, Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc., the Blue Whale and beyond – schedule appearances by the Southland’s finest side men (and side women). By the… Read More Live Jazz: Bob Sheppard with the Pat Senatore Trio at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Devon Wendell Hollywood, CA. Today many Bossa Nova acts just phone it in and the romantically poetic aspects of the music are lost amidst an array of overly subdued and pedestrian vocals and redundant arrangements. This was not this case with Teka and her New Bossa Trio (featuring Chris Judge on guitar and Ruben… Read More Live Music: Teka And The New Bossa Trio At The Gardenia Restaurant and Lounge
By Don Heckman Eliane Elias’ memorable performance at Catalina Bar & Grill last night was an impressive reminder of the creative interpretations that the Brazilian-born pianist/singer brings to every song she touches. It recalled the first time I heard Eliane in action, several decades ago at the original Catalina Bar & Grill, when it was… Read More Live Jazz: Eliane Elias and Her Trio at Catalina Bar & Grill
By Don Heckman Maybe the drops of rain that were scattering across the seats at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night should have been a warning. Not that we were going to be driven away by a rare July thunderstorm. No. Although a few sprinkles persisted, there was no significant rainfall. But there was a program… Read More Live Music: Queen Latifah and Roy Ayers at the Hollywood Bowl.
By Don Heckman Drummer Denny Seiwell, who made a rare appearance at Vitello’s Friday night, has a resume reaching from Zoot Sims and Al Cohn to Joe Cocker, the Who, Art Garfunkel, James Brown and many other jazz and rock luminaries. But his most significant musical association may have been the time he spent as… Read More Live Jazz: Denny Seiwell, John Chiodini and Joe Bagg at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman Among the many instruments listed in jazz polls as “miscellaneous,” the harp is surely one of the most rare participants. As unlikely an actual jazz voice as it may seem, however, the instrument has been played in strikingly innovative fashion by the likes of Alice Coltrane, Dorothy Ashby, Corky Hale and Betty… Read More Live Jazz: The Carol Robbins Sextet Upstairs at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman Anyone with a more than passing interest in world class jazz singing should make a reservation for tonight or tomorrow night at Catalina Bar & Grill. Why? To hear Roberta Gambarini offer a set that is an entertaining display of jazz singing at its finest. Add to that the virtual seminar in… Read More Live Jazz: Roberta Gambarini at Catalina Bar & Grill
By Don Heckman I pushed aside one of my rules Saturday night – the rule that says once a year is enough to review most artists. When I saw that Jane Monheit and John Pizzarelli were performing together at the shiny new Valley Performing Arts Center, I decided to make an exception to the fact… Read More Live Jazz: Jane Monheit and John Pizzarelli at the Valley Performing Arts Center
By Norton Wright It was such a class act, it reminded me of those sophisticated nights long ago at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City where the ballroom shows were graced by the likes of Lena Horne and Peggy Lee. So it was no surprise that jazz songstress Bonnie Bowden’s date on Sunday afternoon… Read More Live Jazz: Bonnie Bowden at Vitello’s