Live Music: Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson at the Artistic Piano Gallery

By Don Heckman Medford, Oregon. The creative interaction between a jazz vocal artist and his/her accompanist is one of the most sensitive encounters in the entire musical world. All of which was on fascinating display Friday night in the performance of singer Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson at Medford’s Artistic Piano Gallery. The talented… Read More Live Music: Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson at the Artistic Piano Gallery

Live Music: Eliane Elias, Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, and Boz Scaggs at the Hollywood Bowl.

By Don Heckman lt usually takes a while before a performer can generate enough dynamic energy to begin to steal the show. But at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night, the opening act – Brazilian pianist/singer Eliane Elias – claimed a large chunk of the evening’s creative territory before her relatively brief half hour set was… Read More Live Music: Eliane Elias, Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, and Boz Scaggs at the Hollywood Bowl.

Live Music: Teka And The New Bossa Trio At The Gardenia Restaurant and Lounge

 By Devon Wendell Hollywood, CA. Today many Bossa Nova acts just phone it in and the romantically poetic aspects of the music are lost amidst an array of overly subdued and pedestrian vocals and redundant arrangements. This was not this case with Teka and her New Bossa Trio (featuring Chris Judge on guitar and Ruben… Read More Live Music: Teka And The New Bossa Trio At The Gardenia Restaurant and Lounge

Record Rack: Robin Bessier, Eliane Elias (and a few words for Boones the Cat)

Two Songbirds and the American Songbook  By Brian Arsenault The so-called American Songbook doesn’t get old.  It gets better.  Because artists of the day keep reinterpreting and expanding it.  The branches of the tree grow gracefully and the songbirds perch higher. Robin Bessier other side of forever (Whispering River) In  On the Road,  Sal Paradise… Read More Record Rack: Robin Bessier, Eliane Elias (and a few words for Boones the Cat)

Live Music: Caetano Veloso at the Greek Theatre

By Don Heckman Caetano Veloso gave a masterful performance at the Greek Theatre last night.  No news there, actually, since his Los Angeles appearances have always been memorable.  Some have been small, relatively intimate, emphasizing the innate lyricism of his music.  Some have been bigger, samba-oriented events, drawing crowds of dancers into the aisles.  This… Read More Live Music: Caetano Veloso at the Greek Theatre