Picks of the Week: June 8 – 13

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 8. (Tues.) Guitar night with John Pisano. Tuesdays are always great nights for jazz when the veteran guitarist Pisano jams with some of his most gifted six string compatriots. This week, he exchanges riffs with busy studio guitarist Mike Anthony, backed by the solid bass support of Chris… Read More Picks of the Week: June 8 – 13

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Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 22

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 16. (Mon.) Devon Wendell, Kevin Kelly and Tyler Kidd.    Blues on the loose, featuring iRoM’s own “Doc” Wendell playing electric and acoustic guitars and harmonica.  A chance to hear the reviewer in action.   The Viper Room.  (310) 652-7869. – Nove. 16. (Mon.)  Elvis Schoenberg’s Orchestre Surreal.  Schoenberg’s… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 22

Picks of the Week: August 25 – 30

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 25. (Tues.) Placido Domingo and Yo-Yo Ma and the L.A. Philharmonic. What a combination. Domingo conducts Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Symphony No. 5 and Ma plays Dvorak’s controversial, but compelling, Cello Concerto. Hollywood Bowl (323) 850- 2000. – Aug. 25. (Tues.) Dana Bronson. Singer/pianst Bronson usually performs in cabaret and… Read More Picks of the Week: August 25 – 30

Picks of the Week: April 12 – 19

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 13 – 15. (Mon. – Wed.) Chris Potter’s Underground. Potter continues to successfully assert that there’s something to say on the post-Coltrane tenor saxophone. Jazz Bakery (310) 271-9039.  www.jazzbakery.com   – April 16. (Thurs.) Kendra Shank. Shank’s appropriately titled, ear-grabbing new album ‘’Mosaic” includes a selection of material… Read More Picks of the Week: April 12 – 19

CD Review: A Little Bit of Stomp, A Little Bit of Whomp

by Casey Dolan Rudder “Matorning” (Nineteen-Eight Records) Most rock listeners will not know who the hell these guys are, coming up, as they do, from the modern jazz ranks. That’s an injustice and just ridiculous. Rudder should be major. This is neither jazz in the strict sense nor rock, nor any of the conventional notions… Read More CD Review: A Little Bit of Stomp, A Little Bit of Whomp

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

By Don Heckman When three musicians have been playing together as long as Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette have, it’s not unreasonable to expect a certain amount of repetitiveness to surface in their performances.  Even the Duke Ellington Orchestra, for all its vaunted longevity, spent a good deal of its onstage time playing… Read More Live Jazz: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at Royce Hall