Live Jazz: Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Let’s start with full disclosure: I haven’t always been a fan of B-3 organ jazz.  But what I’ve realized over the years is that the problem hasn’t been the instrument, but a few of the instrument’s players. All of which was fully clarified last night at Vitello’s with the stellar performance of… Read More Live Jazz: Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart at Vitello’s

Video of the Day: “Jazz Dispute” by Jeremiah McDonald,the Weeping Prophet

“Jazz Dispute” by Jeremiah McDonald, a film-maker and actor who identifies himself as the “Weeping Prophet,” has been going viral on YouTube since 2006.  If you haven’t seen it, now’s the time.  Starting with the Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie recording, “Leap Frog,” McDonald creates a brilliantly mimetic, one-man musical pantomime.  And in doing so he captures… Read More Video of the Day: “Jazz Dispute” by Jeremiah McDonald,the Weeping Prophet

Live Jazz: The John Daversa Quartet at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Don Heckman There’s a lot to be said for the kitchen at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.  The cuisine is not only haut, it’s also tasty, diversified and appealing.  Just like the music.  And there’s a lot to be said for that, too. Combined, they make for memorable evenings. The club’s Music Director and resident bassist,… Read More Live Jazz: The John Daversa Quartet at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

CD Reviews: Machito, Bobby Sanabria, Arturo O’Farrill, Pedro Giraudo

Big Band with a Latin Accent,Then & Now. By Fernando Gonzalez El Padrino (Fania/Codigo) Machito The big band occupies a special place in Latin Jazz history. For starters, in the 1940s and ‘50s, the orchestras led by Tito Puente, Tito Rodríguez and Machito, the real life Mambo Kings, not only defined a certain sound, putting… Read More CD Reviews: Machito, Bobby Sanabria, Arturo O’Farrill, Pedro Giraudo

Live Jazz: Deborah Pearl sings her Benny Carter songs at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman The vast accomplishments that made Benny Carter a jazz icon are far too numerous to mention here.  Suffice to say that he was a brilliant instrumentalist (on saxophone, trumpet and more), a gifted composer/arranger for everything from small jazz bands to symphonic orchestras, the creator of a string of Swing Era big… Read More Live Jazz: Deborah Pearl sings her Benny Carter songs at Vitello’s