Jazz With An Accent: New CDs from Vince Mendoza, David Murray Cuban Ensemble and Sammy Figueroa

By Fernando Gonzalez Vince Mendoza Nights of Earth (Horizontal) Set to a generous, wide-angled perspective, and paced by smart, observant details, Nights on Earth plays like The World According to Vince. In some ways, it suggests a personal summation of his career thus far: a deep knowledge of American music vernacular and European classical music,… Read More Jazz With An Accent: New CDs from Vince Mendoza, David Murray Cuban Ensemble and Sammy Figueroa

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Live Jazz: KPFK 90.7’s First Annual Hero Award Tribute to Billy Higgins at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Tony Gieske You wouldn’t figure that an event honoring the late Billy Higgins would have drawn a full house to Catalina’s on a Sunday night. We here in musician-creamy Los Angeles understand that Higgins — always smiling! — was the go-to guy if you wanted to record with a cat who was there mainly… Read More Live Jazz: KPFK 90.7’s First Annual Hero Award Tribute to Billy Higgins at Catalina Bar & Grill

Picks of the Week: May 5 – 10

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 6. (Wed.) Seal with Peter Cincotti. Singer, songwriter and international celebrity Seal headlines a bill that also includes young jazz/cabaret artist Cincotti. The Nokia Theatre (213) 763-6030. http://www.nokiatheatrelalive.com. – May 6. (Wed.) The John Beasley and Pat Senatore Duo. Beasley’s adventurous excursions combine with Senatore’s solid time and… Read More Picks of the Week: May 5 – 10