Live Jazz: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman The performance by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band at Vitello’s Friday night was a hearty reminder of the decades when big bands were the stars of popular music.  Some of those bands – Count Basie, Duke Ellington – were firmly rooted in jazz.  Others – Sammy Kaye, Guy Lombardo – played music… Read More Live Jazz: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band at Vitello’s

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Live Music: Gershwin Across America, with Nancy Wilson, Monica Mancini, BeBe Winans, Jason Mraz and Annie Clark at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It was Gershwin night at the Bowl on Wednesday.  And there wasn’t a moment’s doubt about the identities of the real stars of the show.  Although the line up embraced a collection of singers ranging from BeBe Winans, Monica Mancini and Jason Mraz to Annie Clark and Nancy Wilson, I’m sure that… Read More Live Music: Gershwin Across America, with Nancy Wilson, Monica Mancini, BeBe Winans, Jason Mraz and Annie Clark at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, the Roy Hargrove Big Band and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band at the Hollywood Bowl.

By Don Heckman Big bands are the symphony orchestras of American music. For nearly a century now, they have been heard — in almost every part of the world — playing jazz, swing, pop, classical, boleros, Indian musical film music, tangos and more. In their jazz band manifestation, they have produced some of the art… Read More Live Jazz: The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, the Roy Hargrove Big Band and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band at the Hollywood Bowl.

Picks of the Week: August 25 – 30

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 25. (Tues.) Placido Domingo and Yo-Yo Ma and the L.A. Philharmonic. What a combination. Domingo conducts Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Symphony No. 5 and Ma plays Dvorak’s controversial, but compelling, Cello Concerto. Hollywood Bowl (323) 850- 2000. – Aug. 25. (Tues.) Dana Bronson. Singer/pianst Bronson usually performs in cabaret and… Read More Picks of the Week: August 25 – 30

CD Review: The Big Phat Band

“Act Your Age” (Immergent) By Devon Wendell We jazz purists in pursuit of the next revolutionary original sound sometimes forget to curb our obsessive-compulsive enthusiasm and simply enjoy some fun music. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band’s multi-Grammy nominated album “Act Your Age” is simply fun – which may be exactly what we need during these turbulent times. Produced by… Read More CD Review: The Big Phat Band