Picks of the Week: Dec. 28 – Jan. 2

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 28. (Tues.)  Gerald Clayton Trio. Grammy nominated pianist Clayton has moved rapidly from being an upcoming L.A. prodigy to an emerging new jazz star.  He’s based in New York City now, so don’t miss this fairly rare opportunity to hear him back in the Southland.  Steamers. (714) 871-8800… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 28 – Jan. 2

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Live Jazz: Chris Botti at the Greek Theatre

By Don Heckman Chris Botti’s traveling road show made its annual appearance at the Greek Theatre Saturday night.  And the enthusiastic, near capacity crowd loved every minute of the two hour performance. And why shouldn’t they.  Botti’s warm and engaging trumpet sound is one of the most appealing timbres on the contemporary jazz scene.  He… Read More Live Jazz: Chris Botti at the Greek Theatre

Q & A: Norton Wright, Fine Art Painter, Television Producer and Lover of Jazz

By Don Heckman Fine art painter and television producer aren’t exactly career terms that are often heard in the same sentence.  Not even in the wildly multi-hyphenate world of Los Angeles.  Add to that the description “life long jazz fan” and the combination becomes even more unlikely.  But not completely.  Because all those labels –… Read More Q & A: Norton Wright, Fine Art Painter, Television Producer and Lover of Jazz

Here, There & Everywhere: Artie Shaw and the Missing Prophets

By Don Heckman The jazz commentators have been rattling their cages a lot lately over the subject of jazz’s possible demise. Or, if not that, its diminishing relevancy.  Reading the various takes on the subject — some upbeat, others dire – brought to mind a couple of perceptions about jazz that have come my way… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Artie Shaw and the Missing Prophets