Live Jazz: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band At Walt Disney Concert Hall

By Norton Wright Los Angeles, CA.  It was SHOWTIME at Disney Hall on Saturday night as Gordon Goodwin’s 18-piece Big Phat Band performed like an inextinguishable stick of dynamite, exploding number after number in its featured hour-long set marking KJazz Radio’s third annual benefit concert. The recipient of the 2015 GRAMMY Award for “Best Large… Read More Live Jazz: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band At Walt Disney Concert Hall

Live Music and More: Allessandra Belloni’s Tarantata Spider Dance at Redcat

by Jane Rosenberg With her compelling stage presence, throaty mezzo, and raging tambourine, Allessandra Belloni is a force of nature. Through Southern Italian folk music, chant, and dance, Belloni and her company explored the sound and movement world of tarantella trance dancing at Disney Hall’s Redcat. Tarantella traces its roots back to Greco-Roman times. The… Read More Live Music and More: Allessandra Belloni’s Tarantata Spider Dance at Redcat

Live Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group at Disney Hall conducted by John Adams

By Jane Rosenberg   Los Angeles. Like a Prospero calling forth the winds, John Adams set the accomplished artists of the LA Phil New Music Group to blowing, gusting, darting, and flying Tuesday night at Disney Hall. Billed as a theatrical evening, two of the pieces, Frankenstein!! and the U.S. premiere of Hommage à Klaus… Read More Live Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group at Disney Hall conducted by John Adams

Live Music: Liza Minnelli at Walt Disney Hall

By Don Heckman Los Angeles. Liza Minnelli’s performance at Disney Hall Tuesday night was dramatically different from her most recent previous Southland appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in August of 2012. Reviewing that show, I wrote that “it was her convincing dramatic abilities as well as her ever-dependable ability to tell a story, rather than… Read More Live Music: Liza Minnelli at Walt Disney Hall

Live Jazz: The 60th Anniversary of Jazz at Massey Hall and the Newport Jazz Festival at Disney Hall

By Don Heckman A pair of memorable jazz celebrations filled Disney Hall Saturday night with an enthusiastic crowd of listeners. Both segments of the performance were dedicated to 60th anniversaries. The first was a rare musical re-imagining of the 1953 Massey Hall (Toronto) performance that featured the brilliantly iconic quintet of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie,… Read More Live Jazz: The 60th Anniversary of Jazz at Massey Hall and the Newport Jazz Festival at Disney Hall

Live Jazz: “A Tribute To Miles” with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Sean Jones at Disney Hall

By Devon Wendell Los Angeles, CA. Any tribute to Miles Davis really goes against Miles’ core belief in always growing and never looking back at past ideas and concepts.  But when you gather five musicians (three of whom — Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Marcus Miller — played with Miles) who are constantly  pushing themselves… Read More Live Jazz: “A Tribute To Miles” with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Sean Jones at Disney Hall

Live Jazz: Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Disney Hall

By Michael Katz When Wynton Marsalis led his star-studded Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra onto the stage at a sold-out Disney Hall last night, he was greeted so warmly that you could sense the mutual appreciation before the first note was played. That feeling lasted throughout a memorable evening, underpinned by the band’s roots in… Read More Live Jazz: Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Disney Hall