Live Music: The Thelonious Monk 2014 International Jazz Competition Gala

By Don Heckman Hollywood, CA. The 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition came to a dramatic conclusion Sunday night in a All-Star Gala event at Dolby Hall in Hollywood. This year, the Competition was for trumpet players. And the three finalists each offered a display of their considerable skills in a setting that allowed each… Read More Live Music: The Thelonious Monk 2014 International Jazz Competition Gala

Live Music: Chick Corea, Gary Burton and the Harlem String Quartet at the Valley Performing Arts Center

BY DON HECKMAN One of the great pleasures of attending a Chick Corea performance is the anticipatory awareness that his omnivorous musical interests will always bring something new and compelling to every show. On Saturday night at the gorgeous new Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN, he did it again, this time in the company… Read More Live Music: Chick Corea, Gary Burton and the Harlem String Quartet at the Valley Performing Arts Center

Live Music: Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan at the Hollywood Bowl 2012 Opening NIght

By Don Heckman The Hollywood Bowl opened its 91st season Friday night with a familiar bang.  Once again, the summer’s first celebratory evening climaxed with a spectacular display of the Bowl’s justifiably famous fireworks. And there were musical pyrotechnics as well, in an evening announcing the induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame of… Read More Live Music: Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan at the Hollywood Bowl 2012 Opening NIght

Live Jazz: Joni’s Jazz with Herbie Hancock and an All-Star Ensemble at the Hollywood Bowl

By Michael Katz Jazz has always attached itself to the popular musical idioms of the day, from Tin Pan Alley to the Beatles and even (gasp) hip hop.  But Wednesday night’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl highlighted a reverse aspect, Joni Mitchell’s mid-seventies adaptation of jazz into her own style of songwriting and performance. Make… Read More Live Jazz: Joni’s Jazz with Herbie Hancock and an All-Star Ensemble at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: Chick Corea & Friends at the Hollywood Bowl

By Mike Katz An orange moon broke through the smoky skies above the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night, casting a surreal light over what turned out to be a stirring retrospective of one of jazz’s most enduring artists, composer and keyboardist Chick Corea, capped off by a surprise appearance by Stevie Wonder. Let me say upfront… Read More Live Jazz: Chick Corea & Friends at the Hollywood Bowl