Doc Wendell’s Prescription for Ultimate Bebop: Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie’s “Diz ‘N Bird At Carnegie Hall” (Blue Note)

    By Devon Wendell I simply cannot write about jazz or music in general without doing a piece on Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. After all, these pieces are written out of love, and Bird and Dizzy were my initial introduction to the world of jazz and possibly still my favorites of all time.… Read More Doc Wendell’s Prescription for Ultimate Bebop: Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie’s “Diz ‘N Bird At Carnegie Hall” (Blue Note)

Picks of the Week in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City, London, Copenhagen and Tokyo

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 23 & 24 (Mon. & Tues.) Manhattan Transfer and Take 6.  The two most masterful vocal ensembles of the past few decades get together for the first time. No wonder it’s called “The Summit” as they perform at the start of a national tour. Catalina Bar & Grill… Read More Picks of the Week in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City, London, Copenhagen and Tokyo

CD Review: Cheryl Bentyne “Let’s Misbehave – The Cole Porter Songbook”

Cheryl Bentyne “Let’s Misbehave – The Cole Porter Songbook” (Summit Records) By Brian Arsenault You come back from cancer knowing you are mortal — you are therefore human — so Cole Porter’s ability to “cover the human condition” seems so right for Cheryl Bentyne, long of Manhattan Transfer. And it is. Thoughtful, playful, wry, romantic,… Read More CD Review: Cheryl Bentyne “Let’s Misbehave – The Cole Porter Songbook”

Live Jazz: Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl

By Tony Gieske The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra nestled under the royal purple proscenium of the Hollywood Bowl as if the two were meant for each other. And the band rang with delight like wedding bells. The bandleader, Wynton Marsalis, stood up occasionally at his post in the trumpet section to announce a number,… Read More Live Jazz: Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl

News:”A Celebration of Love and Life in Honor of James Moody” — Tonight at the Blue Note

By Fernando Gonzalez Saxophonist James Moody, who died on December 9, 2010 of pancreatic cancer, was not only an extraordinary musician, but also a man of uncommon grace and generosity.  Tonight, his life will be honored at the Blue Note in New York City in “A Celebration of Love and Life In Honor of James… Read More News:”A Celebration of Love and Life in Honor of James Moody” — Tonight at the Blue Note

Picks of the Week: Aug. 24 – 29

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 24. (Tues.) Sarah Chang.  The gifted young violinist takes on the fascinating musical demands of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Slatkin,  plays the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5.  The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 24. (Tues.)  Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 24 – 29