Review by Michael Katz Photos by Bonnie Perkinson Hollywood CA. One happy problem with an eight hour music fest that runs uninterrupted through the shifting temperatures of a near-summer’s day at the Hollywood Bowl is a lineup so strong you don’t want to leave your seat. That was the occasion on Saturday, Day 1 of… Read More Live Jazz: The 35th Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Day #1
By Michael Katz Los Angeles, CA. Looking back over the year’s worth of live performances I covered, mostly in jazz, is a bittersweet experience. There are surely enough terrific moments to fill a column, but in a city with L.A.’s diversity of talent, you can’t help wishing for more. Our club scene is struggling, with… Read More Live Music: 2012 in Review
By Don Heckman Listening to Rick Braun perform at Vitello’s Thursday night, I was reminded of the long jazz history of trumpet players who also sing. Start with Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie. Don’t forget Bunny Berigan, Clark Terry and Jack Sheldon, And, since the release of his Rick Braun Sings With Strings,… Read More Live Jazz: Rick Braun Upstairs at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman When Herbie Hancock, now a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and one of the world’s best known jazz artists, decreed that Monday, April 30 would be International Jazz Day, the response was a series of celebratory musical events around the globe. The most visible featured Hancock with a stellar array of artists, starting with… Read More Here, There and Everywhere: The Celebration of International Jazz Day at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Michael Katz There are moments when all the ways we like to consider ourselves here in LA — multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, the whole big melting pot simmering under a golden sun – get reflected in something bigger and make us think, “Hey, maybe that really IS us.” Friday was such a night in Westwood… Read More Live Jazz: Hugh Masekela at Royce Hall
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 7. (Tues.) Misha Piatigorsky and Sketchy Black Dog. Winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Composers’ Competition, Piatigorsky applies his adventurous composition and piano playing skills within the offbeat string quartet sounds of the Sketchy Black Dog. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com (310) 474-9400. – Feb. 7. (Tues.) Guitar Night. … Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 6 – 12
By Michael Katz The trumpet has long been jazz’s signature instrument, from Buddy Bolden and Louis Armstrong through Miles and Dizzy, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry and Freddie Hubbard. It seems like there is a cornucopia of fine trumpeters today; here are four recent releases from some greater and lesser known players. Wynton Marsalis “He and… Read More CD Reviews/Jazz: Marsalis, Masekela, Roditi, Jones