Picks of the Week: Sept. 4 – 9

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 5. (Wed.)  Blues Night: B.B. King and the Tedeschi/Trucks Band.  A great program, with a banquet of blues running the gamut from the masterful B.B. King to the Tedeschi/Trucks Band, with their spicy servings of blues, soul, rock and funk.  The Hollywood Bowl.   (323) 850-2000. – Sept. 5.… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 4 – 9

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Live Jazz: Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman Catalina Bar & Grill was packed to the gills Tuesday night.  If there was an empty seat anywhere in the big, comfortable L-shaped room, it was hard to locate.  Why such a crowd for a mid-week night?  Easy answer: The band on stage consisted of a trio that can pretty much be… Read More Live Jazz: Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke at Catalina Bar & Grill

News: The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival Final Line Up.

By Michael Katz The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival announced its complete schedule yesterday, adding Tony Bennett and Michael Wolff (leading his Cal Tjader tribute band) to a program already rich with stars that include Pat Metheny, Showcase Artist Jack DeJohnette, Esperanza Spalding, Trombone Shorty, Bill Frisell and Artist-in-residence Ambrose Akinmusire. More on all that later.… Read More News: The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival Final Line Up.

News: THE 2012 MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL – FIRST LOOK

By Michael Katz I’ve made it no secret over the years that I consider The Monterey Jazz Festival one of the world’s great musical weekends.  This morning MJF, celebrating its 55th anniversary September 21-23, released a preview of its program:  Pat Metheny, Esperanza Spaulding,  Trombone Shorty and a new edition of the Monterey All-Stars highlight… Read More News: THE 2012 MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL – FIRST LOOK

Live Jazz: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman One of the unlikely words that came to mind Wednesday night while hearing Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette in a UCLA Live concert at Royce Hall was “playful.”  That, plus “groove-driven,” “entertaining” and a few more. Why unlikely?  Not because those qualities haven’t always been present in what was originally… Read More Live Jazz: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at Royce Hall

Picks of the Week: Oct. 24 – 30

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 26. (Wed.)  Goran Bregovic Wedding and Funeral Orchestra.  Sarajevo’s wildly eclectic bandleader Bregovic leads an orchestra that combines Roma gypsy music, a brass band, strings, a male choir, Bulgarian back-up singers and traces of rock into an inimitable evening of mind-bending music.   Disney Hall.   (323) 8502000. – Oct.… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 24 – 30

Live Music: Herbie Hancock Seven Decades: The Birthday Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman Herbie Hancock celebrated his 70th birthday Wednesday night with a stage full of musicians eager to share in the festivities, as well as a near capacity crowd of equally enthusiastic listeners spread across the far limits of the Hollywood Bowl. That’s a bigger event than most of us can hope for at… Read More Live Music: Herbie Hancock Seven Decades: The Birthday Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl