Live Jazz: The Eric Reed Trio at Vitello’s

By Tony Gieske Eric Reed had stationed the grand piano at stage left at Vitello’s Saturday night so as to give his trio members equal exposure — Ralph Penland, the drummer, at stage right and Hamilton Price, his young bassist, in the middle, next to the keyboard. It was a little bit like a surgeon… Read More Live Jazz: The Eric Reed Trio at Vitello’s

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Live Jazz: The Willie Jones III Quartet at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Tony Gieske Willie Jones III brought a couple of familiar homies, Eric Reed and Trevor Ware, to Catalina’s Tuesday night to herald the release of his new CD.  But the guy who stole the show was his Mexican born trumpet player Gilbert Castellanos, who played faster than Arturo Sandoval, Dizzy Gillespie or Freddie Hubbard. … Read More Live Jazz: The Willie Jones III Quartet at Catalina Bar & Grill

Picks of the Week: April 20 – 26

By Don Heckman  Los Angeles  – April 20. (Mon.)  Phil Norman Tentet. Norman’s collective of L.A.’s premium players, performing briskly swinging charts recalls the buoyant West Coast jazz of the ’50s and ’60s.  Charlie O’s.  (818) 994-3058.  www.charlieos.com    – April 21. (Tues.)  Kristen Korb Sextet. She sings, she swings, she plays the bass and celebrates… Read More Picks of the Week: April 20 – 26