For Last Minute Shoppers Only (We Need All the Help We Can Get) By Brian Arsenault Peggy Duquesnel All I Ask For Christmas (CD Baby) There’s a real neat Christmas music album that for whatever reason I didn’t get around to reviewing. Peggy Duquesnel’s All I Ask For Christmas is the complete package. You get… Read More Brian Arsenault’s Short Takes: CDs and DVDs from Peggy Duquesnel, Roy Orbison, Julie Cain and Favorites from 2013
Of Spirits Bright By Brian Arsenault The feast of Holiday music this year is as abundant as Tiny Tim’s Christmas table. After Scrooge woke up and saw the light, of course. Here are four shining stars to guide us home to Christmas. Tim Warfield Tim Warfield’s Jazzy Christmas (Undaunted Music) Tim and a whole bunch… Read More Christmas CDs: Tim Warfield, New York Voices, Jonathan Butler, Karrin Allyson
TriBeCaStan New Songs From the Old Country (Evergreene Music) By Brian Arsenault I’m a bit late getting to this gem and it is one. A rare gem that perhaps could only come out of New York — especially the “TriangleBelowCanalSt.” — where there is as much diversity as just about anywhere in the world. Diversity… Read More CD Review: TriBeCaStan’s “New Songs From the Old Country”
A Christmas Jazz Tale by Don Heckman ‘Twas the night before Christmas and the gig was running late; No sugar plums, no candy canes, just another overtime club date, Holidays are work days in a jazz musician’s life, A chance to make some extra bucks to take home to the wife. Chanukah’s over, Kwaanza starts… Read More A Christmas Jazz Tale
. . “Love came down at Christmas; love all lovely, love divine; love was born at Christmas, stars and angels gave the sign.” – Christina Rossetti . . . To read more Quotations of the week click HERE.
By Don Heckman On the way home from Disney Hall Sunday, the traffic on the 101 magically – and unexpectedly — opened up, and we suddenly realized we could reach Vitello’s just in time to catch the second set by the Ron Jones Jazz Influence Orchestra. Call it an unusual sequence – from the Christmas… Read More Live Jazz: The Ron Jones Jazz Influence Orchestra with April Williams at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman Studio City, CA. Jazz performances don’t get any more up close and personal than the bi-weekly appearances of Cat Conner and Gene “Cip” Cipriano at the Out Take Bistro in Studio. City. At their performance on Friday night, singer Conner and saxophonist/clarinetist Cipriano, with the aid of guitarist Jim Fox, were comfortably… Read More Live Jazz: Cat Conner and Gene “Cip” Cipriano at the Out Take Bistro