Here, There & Everywhere: Sheila Jordan at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Sheila Jordan was in town last weekend for a two night gig at Vitello’s.  Any appearance by Sheila is a significant event for jazz fans.  And this one was no exception. On Friday, she teamed up with singer/author Ellen Johnson for a combined words and music event.  Johnson read a few passages… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Sheila Jordan at Vitello’s

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Here, There & Everywhere: The 33rd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival Artist Line-Up

By Don Heckman It’s no mystery that producing the Playboy Jazz Festival – a two day event for 18,000 listeners (each day) with eight straight hours of music – is a different task from what it was thirty or forty years ago.  After all, at that time it was possible to program schedules including the… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The 33rd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival Artist Line-Up

Here, There & Everywhere: “Smigly” returns

By Don Heckman I’ve written before about Allen Mezquida’s remarkable animated character Smigly — an Everyman for the 21st century.  Not only is Mezquida an imaginative visual artist, he’s also an impressive jazz alto saxophonist. In this latest installment of Smigly’s adventures, titled “Noise,” the little guy discovers how difficult it is to live life… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: “Smigly” returns

Here, There & Everywhere: Allen Mezquida’s “Smigly”

By Don Heckman Allen Mezquida is a fine jazz alto saxophonist.  But he’s more than that -– talented and imaginative in a field that is, he says, “a unique way to also present my jazz music.” That field is animation.  And Mezquida, a brilliant animator, has created a character – an irresistible character – named… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Allen Mezquida’s “Smigly”