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

Jazz Review: The Charles Lloyd Quartet at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

By Tony Gieske Charles Lloyd was mesmerizing  everybody in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center Saturday night, and the place was full. The former Howlin’ Wolf sideman is an expert at this, nor was he in the least hampered by his own sidemen. On the contrary, young star Jason… Read More Jazz Review: The Charles Lloyd Quartet at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

Live Jazz: Mose Allison at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

By Michael Katz Stop this world/Let me off/There’s too many pigs/At the same trough. Has there ever been a better time for Mose Allison? Quasi-repentant bankers being hauled before Congress while California and New York go broke,  health care parsed and bartered into a thousand call-me-in-2014 pages. For those of us Mose-a-holics, his lyrics pop… Read More Live Jazz: Mose Allison at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

Live Jazz: The Grammy Museum Salutes the Jazz Bakery, with Hubert Laws, Alan Bergman, Tierney Sutton, Bill Henderson, Mike Melvoin, Kenny Burrell, Jeff Garlin, Alan Broadbent and more

By Michael Katz Perhaps you came from a musical family. Perhaps you remember those holiday dinners, when your mother would proudly call you and your siblings to gather around the piano and sing, strum or toot what you’d recently studied when the other kids were out playing ball. Now, close your eyes and pretend that… Read More Live Jazz: The Grammy Museum Salutes the Jazz Bakery, with Hubert Laws, Alan Bergman, Tierney Sutton, Bill Henderson, Mike Melvoin, Kenny Burrell, Jeff Garlin, Alan Broadbent and more

Live – Jazz: The Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble at the Jazz Bakery

By Don Heckman The countdown to the conclusion of the Jazz Bakery’s 16 year run in its Helms Bakery location continued Friday night with a performance typifying the venue’s consistently high quality programming. The Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble — with pianist Childs, guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist Scott Colley, harpist Carol Robbins, saxophonist/flutist Bob Sheppard… Read More Live – Jazz: The Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble at the Jazz Bakery

Live Jazz: Triple Play (Bill O’Connell, Dave Valentin and Munyungo Jackson) at the Jazz Bakery

by Michael Katz It’s opening night, mid-week, mid-recession, early pandemic. A sparse but good-natured crowd has gathered at the Jazz Bakery to see Triple Play, a Latin jazz trio featuring pianist Bill O’Connell, flutist Dave Valentin and percussionist Munyungo Jackson.  O’Connell and Valentin have been playing together for nearly thirty years, but the first set… Read More Live Jazz: Triple Play (Bill O’Connell, Dave Valentin and Munyungo Jackson) at the Jazz Bakery

Live Jazz: Eric Alexander and the David Hazeltine Trio at the Jazz Bakery

By Michael Katz If you were to see Eric Alexander on the street you would probably not envision a fiery lead saxophonist – more like a scrappy second baseman from the local community college. The youthful look is deceiving. Fortyish now, Alexander has matured into a hard swinging leader on the tenor. While he doesn’t… Read More Live Jazz: Eric Alexander and the David Hazeltine Trio at the Jazz Bakery