Q & A: Maria Schneider at the Ojai Music Festival

By Don Heckman Maria Schneider, composer, bandleader, and avid birdwatcher, has followed one of the jazz world’s most unique creative pathways since she arrived in New York, fresh out of college, in the mid-‘80s.  Although she studied and worked closely with Gil Evans, her composition style, from the beginning, has been her own.  For years,… Read More Q & A: Maria Schneider at the Ojai Music Festival

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