Live Music: Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl with Patti Austin, John Legend, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry

By Don Heckman Pop and rock music ruled Saturday at the Opening Night of the Hollywood Bowl season with the introduction of the 2013 inductees into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame – Patti Austin, John Legend, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. Nothing wrong with that line-up for music fans with a pop/rock orientation.  And… Read More Live Music: Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl with Patti Austin, John Legend, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry

Live Jazz: The Mike Lang Trio at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman It’s easy to take many musicians for granted.  The musicians, that is, who create the infinite array of melodies, textures and rhythms that are the soundtrack of daily life.  On television and film screens, Muzak, iTunes, videogame music tracks, favorite CD collections, and so on. “Studio musicians,” they’re called, usually with a… Read More Live Jazz: The Mike Lang Trio at Catalina Bar & Grill

Live Jazz: The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (Day 1)

By Michael Katz So here we are again, nestled under the oaks at the Garden Stage at the Monterey Fairgrounds, listening to a young saxophone player named Ben Flocks send sweet solos into the misty evening. It’s barely 6:30 on Friday night, friends old and new are gathering around the metal benches whose backs, like… Read More Live Jazz: The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (Day 1)