Live Jazz: Bill Mays and Marvin Stamm in a Siskiyou Music Project

By Don Heckman Medford, Oregon. Jazz in its purest form illuminated the stage in the performance by pianist Bill Mays and trumpeter Marvin Stamm at the Artistic Piano Gallery Sunday night. No drum set, no swinging big band horns, no funky fusion guitars. Only two gifted jazz veterans, applying their remarkable improvisational skills to an… Read More Live Jazz: Bill Mays and Marvin Stamm in a Siskiyou Music Project

DVD Review: “Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm: Portrait of a Jazz Legend”

By Tony Gieske Graham Carter’s Stan Kenton documentary, out this month, pits the emptiness of the Kenton sound against the emptiness of the recorded interviews, and lasts two hours. It’s a DVD called Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm, Portrait of a Jazz Legend. Carter’s JazzedMedia label records such deserving artists as Irene Kral, Marvin Stamm… Read More DVD Review: “Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm: Portrait of a Jazz Legend”

Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 21

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 16. (Tues.)  Johnny Mandel Big Band. Multiple Grammy winner, gifted composer/arranger/songwriter Mandel is one of the Southland’s true musical treasures.  This rare appearance with a big band serves as an early celebration of his 85th birthday on November 23.   Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400.  – Nov. 16. (Tues.) … Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 21

Picks of the Week: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1

Los Angeles – Jan. 26. (Mon.) Remembering Russ Freeman.  A long overdue remembrance of the bop-driven pianist/composer who was so vital to the West Coast jazz of Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne and others.  Featuring trumpeter Bobby Shew, vocalist Tyia Wilson and a string ensemble performing Nathan Tanoue‘s new arrangements of Freeman works. Jazz… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1