By Don Heckman Los Angeles Nov. 7. (Wed.) John Proulx CD Release Party. Pianist/singer Proulx celebrates the release of his new CD, The Best Thing For You, In addition to a stellar back up band, Proulx’s guest artists include singer Sara Gazarek and pianist Bill Cunliffe. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. – Nov. 8.… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 7 – 11
By Don Heckman When Herbie Hancock, now a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and one of the world’s best known jazz artists, decreed that Monday, April 30 would be International Jazz Day, the response was a series of celebratory musical events around the globe. The most visible featured Hancock with a stellar array of artists, starting with… Read More Here, There and Everywhere: The Celebration of International Jazz Day at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 25. (Mon.) The Saxtet. A cluster of L.A.’s finest jazz saxophonists get together. Dave Angel, Gene Cipriano, Phil Feather, Roger Neumann, Bob Carr, Dave Koonse, Kendall Kay. Charlie O’s. (818) 989-3110. – Jan. 25. (Mon.) Larry Goldings Organ Night. It’s boogaloo night this time, with a dance floor… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 25 – Jan. 31
By Fernando Gonzalez Panama City, Panama. The 7th Panama Jazz Festival, celebrated in Panama City January 11-16, concluded Saturday with a free, outdoor concert at Plaza Catedral, in front of the historic cathedral in Old Panama City. What started only a few years ago as a Quixotic adventure by Panamanian pianist, Grammy winner and educator… Read More Live Jazz: The 7th Panama Jazz Festival
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 2. (Tues.) Drummer Willie Jones III’s band, with special guest pianist Eric Reed. A summit encounter between a pair of the Southland’s finest home-grown jazz artists. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. – June 2. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar Night. Pisano trades licks with the fast-fingered, but ever-lyrical… Read More Picks of the Week: June 1 – 7
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 16 & 17. (Mon. & Tues.) Uri Caine Trio. Caine’s crossover blends of jazz and classical music are among the wonders of contemporary music. Jazz Bakery. Jazz Bakery (310) 271-9039. http://www.jazzbakery.com.0-317-4292 310-317-4292 – Mar. 17. (Tues.) Josh Nelson Trio. Nelson has quickly moved from the position of emerging… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 16 – 22