Live Jazz: Bonnie Bowden and Bill Jones at Leisure Village, Camarillo

By Norton Wright New to the L.A. jazz scene is the all-singing, intensely swinging, dynamic duo of “Bonnie & Bill.” That’s Grammy-nominated Bonnie Bowden and songster Bill Jones of Fox TV’s Glee staging their own jazz show of over 20 songs backed by Pat Longo’s Hollywood Big Band last weekend at the Leisure Village Auditorium… Read More Live Jazz: Bonnie Bowden and Bill Jones at Leisure Village, Camarillo

Live Jazz: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey at Disney Hall

By Don Heckman Who would have thought that Tuesday night’s Disney Hall performance by jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli would wind up in a singalong with the entire audience joining in on “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” The answer is anyone who’s ever seen Pizzarelli, his trio, and his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, in… Read More Live Jazz: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey at Disney Hall

Picks of the Week: Dec. 19 – 25

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 19. (Mon.)  The Klezmatics.  Somewhere between Eastern European Jewish music, ecstatic Middle Eastern sounds and the rhythmic lift and improvisations of jazz is the territory in which the Klezmatics practice their musically creative magic.  Disney Hall. – Dec. 20. (Tues.) Jessica Molaskey and John Pizzarelli.  A Swingin’ Christmas.… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 19 – 25

Jazz CD Review: John Pizzarelli “Rockin’ In Rhythm”

John Pizzarelli Rockin’ In Rhythm (Telarc) By Don Heckman John Pizzarelli’s recordings have almost always reached well beyond the level of simply jamming a few tunes with his quartet.  His thematically oriented tributes to Richard Rodgers, Nat “King’ Cole, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and Bossa Nova, among others, have been superb settings for his singing,… Read More Jazz CD Review: John Pizzarelli “Rockin’ In Rhythm”