Video of the Day: “Jazz Dispute” by Jeremiah McDonald,the Weeping Prophet

“Jazz Dispute” by Jeremiah McDonald, a film-maker and actor who identifies himself as the “Weeping Prophet,” has been going viral on YouTube since 2006.  If you haven’t seen it, now’s the time.  Starting with the Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie recording, “Leap Frog,” McDonald creates a brilliantly mimetic, one-man musical pantomime.  And in doing so he captures… Read More Video of the Day: “Jazz Dispute” by Jeremiah McDonald,the Weeping Prophet

Live Jazz: The Bill Holman Big Band at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Hearing the compositions and arrangements of Bill Holman up close and live has to be identified as one of the finest contemporary jazz experiences.  The performance of Holman’s music by a band of L.A.’s A-list players before a packed house audience at Vitello’s Friday night offered solid evidence of Holman’s unique creative… Read More Live Jazz: The Bill Holman Big Band at Vitello’s