Picks of the West Coast Weekend: June 12 – 15

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 12. (Fri.) Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick. A pair of rock icons turn up the juice when Grammy winner Frampton encounters the high voltage of Cheap Trick. Click HERE to read a previous iRoM review of Frampton in action. The Greek Theatre.  (323) 665-5857. – June 12. (Fri.)… Read More Picks of the West Coast Weekend: June 12 – 15

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Live Jazz: The KJAZZ Summer Benefit Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall

By Don Heckman Los Angeles.  There was a full house, enthusiastic crowd in attendance Saturday night at Disney Hall for the KJAZZ benefit concert. As there should have been. The importance of FM radio station KJAZZ 88.1 to jazz fans cannot be under-estimated. I may not agree with the programming 100% of the time, but… Read More Live Jazz: The KJAZZ Summer Benefit Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Live Music: Jason Moran in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musicians Institute

The Most Exciting (Jazz?) Pianist On The Planet? By Norton Wright Hollywood CA.  Has there ever been a jazz pianist like Jason Moran? Not Jarrett, Evans, Corea, Brubeck, Peterson — not even George Russell — not even Moran’s mentors, Jaki Byard and Thelonious Monk. As with Jackson Pollock in the visual arts, Jason Moran may… Read More Live Music: Jason Moran in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musicians Institute

CD Review: Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran — “Hagar’s Song”

Hagar’s Song (ECM Records) By Brian Arsenault For his 75th birthday, Charles Lloyd has released a most beautiful album, Hagar’s Song, with pianist Jason Moran. Stated simply, if you listen to many albums over many months you will not find beauty of this recording’s equal. Perhaps Lloyd has reached a point in his lengthy and… Read More CD Review: Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran — “Hagar’s Song”

Picks of the Week: Nov. 21 – 25

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 23. (Fri.)  Chuck Manning-John Daversa Quartet.  Saxophonist Manning and trumpeter Daversa get together for an evening of adventurous improvisation.  They’re backed by Pat Senatore, bass and Dick Weller, drums.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.  (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 23. (Fri.)  Deana Martin.  Yes, she’s Dean Martin’s daughter.  But Deana has… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 21 – 25