This post is part of the Jazz Journalists Association’s international “Blogathon.” By Don Heckman It’s always a significant event when a new room for jazz opens. Whether it’s small or large, daily or weekly, it’s still something to acknowledge, at a time when existing music venues are struggling to survive and new arrivals are in… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Jazz at the Federal
There’s been some thoughtful discussion lately here on iRoM about the interaction between musicians and audiences. A lot of it was focused on performers’ obligations to their listeners. Check out Brick Wahl’s Keeping It Real 1, and Keeping It Real 2 and Norton Wright’s Keeping It Real: A Minority Opinion, along with the readers’ comments,… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Have You Ever Wondered?
By Don Heckman The 2012 Grammys are in, and once again there’s not much sound of surprise in the results. Certainly nothing in the same ballpark as last year’s Best New Artist award for Esperanza Spalding. That’s not to say that any of the wins were undeserved. Because they all were the products of gifted… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The 2012 Jazz Grammy Winners
A Christmas Jazz Tale by Don Heckman ‘Twas the night before Christmas and the gig was running late; No sugar plums, no candy canes, just another overtime club date, Holidays are work days in a jazz musician’s life, A chance to make some extra bucks to take home to the wife. Chanukah’s underway, Kwaanza starts… Read More The Holidays 2011
By Don Heckman Christmas caroling was a regular seasonal activity in my young life. Growing up in an Eastern Pennsylvania rust belt city, singing carols while slip-sliding our way across icy sidewalks was as necessary to the holiday as going to Mass on Christmas eve. In a way, it was an equally necessary counter to… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Sing! Sing! Sing!
By Don Heckman Here’s my annual, continual and growing list of the many musical reasons I have to be thankful. * * * * * – Every note Charlie Parker ever played. – Ditto for Louis Armstrong. – Bebop, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, Ray Brown, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Clifford Brown and more.… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Music I’m Thankful For
By Don Heckman Looking at the videos of police using pepper spray on U.C. Davis demonstrators, and using violent tactics on protestors elsewhere, has triggered a whole bunch of distant memories. As has much of the media coverage of the Occupy movement as it has grown in size and intensity around the country. The goals… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” — 44 years later and still timely
By Don Heckman Charlie O’s closed Wednesday night. It happened without anticipation, and without warning. My first awareness of the bad news came with an email from Jo-Ann Ottaviano, who has been running the club – along with her brother Mike – since the death of her husband, Charlie Ottaviano in 2008. It arrived at… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Closing of Charlie O’s
By Don Heckman Barbara Morrison is one of the great treasures of jazz in Southern California. And everywhere else, for that matter. Her ability to cross easily from jazz to blues to pop and beyond is a constant musical pleasure. Add to that her dynamic presence, her emotion-grabbing storytelling abilities and her warm personal demeanor. … Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Barbara Morrison Needs Help
By Don Heckman The Playboy Jazz Festival returns to the Hollywood Bowl this weekend for the 33rd time with another celebration of America’s great musical art. And the Festival’s long, remarkable string of successes, over the course of more than three decades, is best described by Playboy’s founder, Hugh Hefner. “I’ve had a lot of… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Guitars Galore at The Playboy Jazz Festival