By Norton Wright Los Angeles, CA. Trying to review a performance of pianist Alan Broadbent is like trying to describe lightning in a bottle. Broadbent’s playing is electrifying, so charged with power, substance, and beauty that descriptions like “swinging,” “groovy,” “funky,” etc. are wholly inadequate. On Saturday night at the elegant and so well-suited Zipper… Read More Live Jazz: Alan Broadbent At Zipper Concert Hall, Los Angeles.
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills opens their 2015-2016 season of dance programming on October 1-3 with: Twyla Tharp: a 50th Anniversary Celebration, a program of new work by Ms. Tharp, co-commissioned by The Wallis (in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Joyce Theatre,… Read More The 2015-16 Season of Dance and Classical Music at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills
By Don Heckman Eliane Elias is back in L.A. tonight, performing at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. And that’s great news for lovers of fine jazz vocalizing. And lovers of fine jazz piano. And lovers of both talents in the same artist. Which is what audiences experience at an Eliane Elias performance. Wish we… Read More Vocal Jazz Highlight of the Week In Los Angeles: Eliane Elias in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast Tonight
By Don Heckman Los Angeles. Jackie Ryan made one of her far too rare Southland appearances on Saturday night. The program was a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musicians Institute featuring Ryan with the stellar backing of tenor saxophonist Rickey Woodard, pianist Tamir Hendelman, drummer Dean Koba and bassist Alex Frank. That’s an impressive… Read More Live Jazz: Jackie Ryan in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musicians Institute
By Don Heckman “I just do it.” That was the brief comment I received from young pianist/composer Emily Bear when I spoke to her after her Wednesday night performance at the Musicians’ Institute. Four little words. In response to my query about her orchestral composition “Santa Fe.” How, I wondered, had she developed the skills… Read More Live Music: Emily Bear in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musician’s 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
By Cathy Segal-Garcia Los Angeles, CA. Here I am, sitting in the Kirk Douglas Theatre, waiting for the world-renowned guitarist/vocalist/composer/arranger/producer, Dori Caymmi, to come out to start the show. A beautiful theatre, slanted up seating, with a medium large stage on the floor, the newest and most intimate of Center Theatre Group’s family of theatres.… Read More Live Music: Dori Caymmi at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast
By Michael Katz Ruth Price brought The Jazz Bakery back to its once and future home in Culver City this weekend, and Westsiders gratefully filled the Kirk Douglas Theatre to capacity Saturday night for a stunning performance by Brazilian composer/singer/guitarist Dori Caymmi. Caymmi boasts a family lineage that predates the samba and bossa nova movement… Read More Live Brazilian Music: Dori Caymmi at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast
By Brick Wahl Just realized there are still comments bouncing around on this. Don Heckman’s got clout…. My whole point in that original rant is that if things continue as they are there will be no place left to play. The jazz scene has shrunk by at least two thirds in the past ten years.… Read More Brick Wahl: Keeping It Real 2
A few weeks ago we published a commentary from Brick Wahl regarding today’s jazz clubs, the musicians who perform in them, and the audiences who come (or don’t come) to hear them. Click HERE to read Brick’s entire post. In many respects, the commentary was directed at the musicians themselves. We’ve had many responses –… Read More Keeping It Real: A Minority(?) Opinion From Norton Wright