Live Jazz: The Arturo Sandoval Big Band Performs for the California Jazz Foundation at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman Hollywood, CA.  “Let’s Give the Band A Hand” was the title for the jazz celebration at Catalina Bar & Grill Sunday night.  It was right on target.  The program was the annual fund-raiser for the California Jazz Foundation.  And the very worthy honoree was Catalina Popescu.  Both the CJF and Catalina have… Read More Live Jazz: The Arturo Sandoval Big Band Performs for the California Jazz Foundation at Catalina Bar & Grill

Live Music: Quincy Jones’ Global Gumbo All Stars at the Hollywood Bowl

By Michael Katz In 1970, when I started collecting jazz albums, one of my first was Quincy Jones’ Walking In Space.  I’d heard the title tune from the show Hair on the radio, along with the killer version of Benny Golson’s “Killer Joe.” I’d recognized many of the soloists: Hubert Laws, Freddie Hubbard, Toots Thielemans.… Read More Live Music: Quincy Jones’ Global Gumbo All Stars at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: The Ron Jones Influence Big Band at Vitello’s

By Tony Gieske The world’s longest running publicity stunt did not command the attention of everyone in Hollywood Sunday night. Disdaining the Oscar festivities was a discriminating crowd that filled the Upstairs room at Vitello’s out in the Valley to hear the Ron Jones Jazz Influence big band. Jones, a noted composer for off-beat television… Read More Live Jazz: The Ron Jones Influence Big Band at Vitello’s