Picks of the Week: Aug 10 – 15

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 11. (Wed.) B.B. King, Buddy Guy. The blues at its best by a pair of venerable masters.  The Hollywood Bowl.  (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 11. (Wed.) Bennie Maupin Ensemble.  Maupin’s mastery of the tenor saxophone, flute and bass clarinet has reached from Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock to… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug 10 – 15

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Live Jazz: The Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl (Further Thoughts)

by Devon Wendell It’s become harder and harder to discern whether what has been designated as a “Jazz Festival” is aimed at die hard jazz aficionados — studying each chord change and nuance — or those music lovers who just want to dance to more commercially infectious R&B grooves and have fun. This was certainly the case at the 32nd… Read More Live Jazz: The Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl (Further Thoughts)

Live Jazz: The Playboy Jazz Festival, Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl.

By Michael Katz The Playboy Jazz Festival rolls over you like the surf at high tide, albeit a rather long one, nine hours worth of relentless music, the revolving stage feeding one act after another. Aside from the minimal patter of host Bill Cosby, the audience has no chance for contemplation or reflection, or even… Read More Live Jazz: The Playboy Jazz Festival, Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl.

Picks of the Week: Jan. 11 – 17

By Don Heckman Los Angeles ………………..HIGHLIGHT……………….. – Jan. 12. (Tues.)  John Pisano’s Guitar Night.  “A Tribute to Joe Pass” with Frank Potenza and many others. Pisano’s Tuesday night guitar jams have been one of the Southland’s most dependably engaging jazz gigs for years.  Now Pisano – and his talented guests – are moving to Vitello’s,… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 11 – 17