Live Jazz: Ken Peplowski and the Ed Dunsavage Trio in a Siskiyou Music Project Concert

By Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon. In a fast happening program Wednesday night, a full collection of jazz perspectives were showcased in an entertaining evening of music reaching from small groups to the Rogue Valley All-Star Big Band. Topping it off, there was the stellar presence of veteran, award-winning clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Ken Peplowski and the briskly… Read More Live Jazz: Ken Peplowski and the Ed Dunsavage Trio in a Siskiyou Music Project Concert

Live Jazz: Cat Conner’s “Birthday Bash” at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Jazz singer Cat Conner gave a birthday party to remember at Vitello’s Thursday night.  Actually, a “Birthday Bash,” as she described it, in which she and her close friend, Lee Hartley, sang their way through a delightful evening of song. Backed by the stellar trio of pianist Christian Jacob, bassist Chuck Berghofer… Read More Live Jazz: Cat Conner’s “Birthday Bash” at Vitello’s

Live Jazz: The Eddie Daniels Quartet at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Clarinetist Eddie Daniels’ masterful performance at Vitello’s Friday was – as his appearances often are – a gripping reminder of his instrument’s adventurous jazz past, present and future. For the first half of the jazz century, the clarinet was one of the music’s key voices.  Vital to the New Orleans style, a… Read More Live Jazz: The Eddie Daniels Quartet at Vitello’s

Here, There & Everywhere: Artie Shaw and the Missing Prophets

By Don Heckman The jazz commentators have been rattling their cages a lot lately over the subject of jazz’s possible demise. Or, if not that, its diminishing relevancy.  Reading the various takes on the subject — some upbeat, others dire – brought to mind a couple of perceptions about jazz that have come my way… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Artie Shaw and the Missing Prophets