Live Jazz: Alan Broadbent At Zipper Concert Hall, Los Angeles.

By Norton Wright Los Angeles, CA. Trying to review a performance of pianist Alan Broadbent is like trying to describe lightning in a bottle. Broadbent’s playing is electrifying, so charged with power, substance, and beauty that descriptions like “swinging,” “groovy,” “funky,” etc. are wholly inadequate. On Saturday night at the elegant and so well-suited Zipper… Read More Live Jazz: Alan Broadbent At Zipper Concert Hall, Los Angeles.

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 at the Hollywood Bowl: John Williams — “Maestro of the Movies” — conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an Evening of Film Music.

By Don Heckman The high point of the John Williams: Maestro of the Movies concert at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night didn’t actually arrive until the encore, when the “Maestro” conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in his stirring music for Star Wars.  And that was no surprise to many members of the capacity – more… Read More Live Music at the Hollywood Bowl: John Williams — “Maestro of the Movies” — conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an Evening of Film Music.

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