Live Jazz: The 54th Monterey Jazz Festival — Saturday

By Michael Katz Monterey, California.  Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival was a journey through eras, river basins, continents, climate zones, you name it. Mostly the volume was turned up, but if you navigated carefully, you could find some quiet pools for reflection amidst the soul, funk and a respectable helping of jazz, too. For… Read More Live Jazz: The 54th Monterey Jazz Festival — Saturday

Picks of the Week: Feb. 8 – 14

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 8. (Tues.)  The John Daversa Progressive Big Band. Trumpeter/composer/arranger  Daversa takes the big band instrumentation into fascinating new musical areas.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Feb. 8. (Tues.)  Lianne Carroll.   BBC Jazz Award winner Carroll, who accompanies her vibrant vocals with equally dynamic piano playing, makes her… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 8 – 14

Picks of the Week: Jan. Feb. 1 – Feb. 6

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 1. (Tues.)  Jules Day.  The rising young jazz singer performs an evening of new, original music from her latest CD, Day Dreams.  Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. – Feb. 2. (Wed.)  Teka and Aaron Serfaty.  “Brazilian Jazz.” Guitarist/singer Teka and percussionist Serfaty team up with pianist Otmar… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. Feb. 1 – Feb. 6

Picks of the Week: Jan. 5 – 9

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 5. (Wed.)  Tierney Sutton Band.  Vocalist Sutton doesn’t just sing with a band; she brings her songs alive in an intimate, creative, musical companionship.  And the results are always fascinating.  Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Jan. 6. (Thurs.)  Elliot Deutsch Big Band.  Trumpeter Deutsch celebrates his birthday leading his… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 5 – 9

Jazz Review: The Charles Lloyd Quartet at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

By Tony Gieske Charles Lloyd was mesmerizing  everybody in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center Saturday night, and the place was full. The former Howlin’ Wolf sideman is an expert at this, nor was he in the least hampered by his own sidemen. On the contrary, young star Jason… Read More Jazz Review: The Charles Lloyd Quartet at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast