By Don Heckman Bill Holman – Willis to his friends – is making one of his too-rare performances with his big band tonight in the up close and personal environs of Vitello’s. For fans of big band jazz, it’ll be an opportunity to hear some music from a composer/arranger who is arguably one of the… Read More Q & A: Bill Holman — Composer, Arranger, Bandleader
By Tony Gieske From all the things I’d been hearing about the Bob Mintzer Big Band — a New York guy! — a Yellowjacket! — I thought I should bring my mind-plugs to Vibrato Tuesday to keep my head from bursting. But no! On first acquaintance, Mintzer turned out to have a gentle tenor saxophone… Read More Live Jazz: The Bob Mintzer Big Band at Vibrato
By Don Heckman Grammy Award-winning pianist/composer/arranger Bill Cunliffe put all his talents on display Saturday night for an early celebration of the holidays. All of which made for a broad tapestry of musicians spread across a jam-packed stage, a full house audience and a virtually non-stop program of music. The opening set was devoted to… Read More Live Jazz: The Bill Cunliffe Quartet and Big Band at Vitello’s
By Tony Gieske Waiting for the great Chris Walden band to begin its performance at Vibrato Tuesday, that old Louis Jordan classic “Coleslaw” kept going through my head. Down in Arkansas They call it coleslaw… It wasn’t because of anything on the dinner plates on the tables of the waiting listeners; you don’t order coleslaw… Read More Live Jazz: The Chris Walden Band with Tierney Sutton at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.