Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Alive: “It Had To Be You”

By Roger Crane the Song Scout When I meet jazz performers, composers and fellow music fans I often inquire as to their favorite songs. I recall that the masterful jazz pianist Dave McKenna chose “I’ll Be Around,” giving particular praise to Alec Wilders’s bridge (where his lyrics state “Goodbye again.”). Another jazz pianist, Gerry Wiggins,… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Alive: “It Had To Be You”

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Live Theatre: Robert Wilson’s staging of “The Old Woman” with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe at Royce Hall

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles, CA.  Whether dancing and crooning like a Dadaist Bob Hope and Bing Crosby or wailing like dying coyotes, Baryshnikov and Dafoe bring a scorching vitality to the stage as they interpret through spoken word, dance, and song the absurdist universe of the Russian poet, Daniil Kharms, as seen through the… Read More Live Theatre: Robert Wilson’s staging of “The Old Woman” with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe at Royce Hall

Live Jazz/Folk/Swing/Rock: Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks at McCabes

By Michael Katz Perhaps you have been feeling just a bit Grinch-y as the holiday season reaches full steam. Maybe your skin crawled just a little when you heard the canned Christmas music in the supermarket aisles before the Thanksgiving turkey was even carved. If that’s the case, could there be any better tidings than… Read More Live Jazz/Folk/Swing/Rock: Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks at McCabes