By Devon Wendell It was a beautiful sunny day at the Beverly Hills Civic Center on Sunday for the 33rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival to present its first free community concert. Two very diverse and skilled performers were on the bill, and KJAZZ’s Brad Williams was the host. The first act was award winning Israeli… Read More Live Jazz: Justo Almario’s Afro-Colombian Ensemble and the Tamir Hendelman Trio in a Playboy Jazz Festival Free Community Concert at the Beverly Hills Civic Center
By Michael Katz Chick Corea and Gary Burton are two exquisite musicians, who in their duets have found a way to channel their talents into a performance both unified by their sensibilities and singular in their contributions. Saturday night, in a UCLA Live presentation before an appreciative audience at Royce Hall, they brought out some… Read More Live Jazz: Chick Corea and Gary Burton at Royce Hall
By Tony Gieske Something about Sonny Rollins’ playing Sunday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall started me thinking about the downside of his output. His shuffling gait and his rickety posture made me wonder how he could play so fast and throw in so many notes, and then it came to me that he must … Read More Live Jazz: Sonny Rollins at Disney Hall
By Don Heckman Trying to distract myself from a too-juicy cold yesterday that had me sneezing every five minutes, I put some Chopin mazurkas on the CD player. Aside from the lyrical melodies and the soaring harmonies, it’s always fascinating to me to hear how he adapted popular dance forms to his free flying imagination.… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Tatum Mazurkas?