“But, Can You Sing Me a Song” By Roger Crane “Song Scout” I discovered jazz thanks to a hip girlfriend named Jennie. She thought that I was “like way too square, man” and, sometime, in the ‘50s, the pretty, zoftig Jennie took me to The Haig, (a small club with a big sign) to see… Read More In Praise of Gerry Mulligan, Lester “Prez” Young and Melodic Jazz
By Devon Wendell Many jazz aficionados like myself have been waiting for a live box set like this one for most of our lives and it’s finally here. Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 consists of 4 CDs featuring 20 years of Miles Davis performances (8 shows in total) showcasing Miles… Read More CD Review- Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (Columbia/Legacy)
Summer at the Ocean and a Box of Chocolates By Brian Arsenault The Michael Treni Big Band Pop-Culture Blues My favorite piece on Pop-Culture Blues is “Summer Blues.” Maybe because it’s still summer, the very heart of it. The tune begins on a languorous afternoon with a beverage — perhaps several — looking at the… Read More Record Rack: The Michael Treni Big Band, Hadiza Dockeray
By Michael Katz When Wynton Marsalis led his star-studded Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra onto the stage at a sold-out Disney Hall last night, he was greeted so warmly that you could sense the mutual appreciation before the first note was played. That feeling lasted throughout a memorable evening, underpinned by the band’s roots in… Read More Live Jazz: Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Disney Hall
By Mike Katz When Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” became a runaway hit, it was 1959 and I was in the third grade. By the time I started seriously listening to jazz, in the late sixties, Brubeck’s original quartet had broken up and the jazz scene was in a flux. Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis were… Read More An Appreciation: Remembering Dave Brubeck
By Don Heckman Wednesday was another one of those mid-week jazz nights in L.A. A lot of choices about what to hear, with the usual freeway determinants – traffic and/or distance – playing a role in where to go. But I also was in the mood to hear something a little unusual. And Ron Kalina’s… Read More Live Jazz: The Ron Kalina Quartet at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Fernando Gonzalez Catching up with some interesting/mind-expanding/beautiful/provocative (and by now not so) new releases … Mario Adnet More Jobim Jazz (Adventure Music) Brazilian guitarist Mario Adnet’s exquisite follow up to Jobim Jazz (Adventure Music, 2007) not only pays tribute to Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, but also composer and arranger Moacir Santos (whom Adnet… Read More Jazz With an Accent: CD Reviews
By Tony Gieske Every once in a while you get to hear some straight no rocks saxophone playing, and such was on tap, or perhaps uncorked would be a better term, when Dale Fielder played Vibrato on Friday. He did the whole set on baritone saxophone. So it was fresh sound all the way, not… Read More Live Jazz: Dale Fielder at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Bill Holman – Willis to his friends – is making one of his too-rare performances with his big band tonight in the up close and personal environs of Vitello’s. For fans of big band jazz, it’ll be an opportunity to hear some music from a composer/arranger who is arguably one of the… Read More Q & A: Bill Holman — Composer, Arranger, Bandleader