Live Jazz: The Bill Cunliffe Big Band and Quartet with Harry Allen at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Bill Cunliffe’s accomplishments are many. Not only is he a world class jazz pianist, composer and arranger. He’s also acknowledged for his many skills by his musical compatriots. He’s been honored with a Grammy Award, a Down Beat Award, multiple Grammy nominations, and several Emmy nominations. Add to that a winner’s award… Read More Live Jazz: The Bill Cunliffe Big Band and Quartet with Harry Allen at Vitello’s

Live Music; Natalie Cole and Chucho Valdes at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It’s no mystery that singer Natalie Cole has followed in the musical footsteps of her extrordinary father, pianist/singer Nat “King” Cole. Along the way, she’s won nine Grammy Awards after 21 nominations. Her 1991 album Unforgettable, which included an interactive duet, with her late father, on the song “Unforgettable,” triggering the granting… Read More Live Music; Natalie Cole and Chucho Valdes at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: Charlie Haden, Larry Goldings and Tri-Tone Asylum at Castle Press

By Don Heckman Pasadena CA.  It was a night to remember.  A jazz concert in a printing company. The machine-filled Castle Press in Pasadena, to be precise.  With some of the performers positioned on a stage that consisted of a 460-ton printing press.   Add to that the party-like atmosphere, with listeners scattered across folding chairs… Read More Live Jazz: Charlie Haden, Larry Goldings and Tri-Tone Asylum at Castle Press

Live Jazz: A Busy Friday Night at Vitello’s and the Out Take Bistro

By Don Heckman Studio City, CA.  Sometimes a music reviewer just has to do a lot in a single night – often unexpectedly.  As I did on Friday.  Even though it hadn’t actually started out that way. My schedule for the evening originally included a stop at Vitello’s  to hear the Bill Cunliffe big band… Read More Live Jazz: A Busy Friday Night at Vitello’s and the Out Take Bistro

Live Jazz: The Clare Fischer Big Band at Typhoon

By Michael Katz Santa Monica, CA.  Anyone who has followed the Latin jazz scene in Southern California is well acquainted with the work of Clare Fischer. The keyboardist and composer, who passed away in January, 2012, left a trove of compositions, including “Pensitiva” and “Morning” and a large jazz ensemble that his son, Brent, has… Read More Live Jazz: The Clare Fischer Big Band at Typhoon