News: The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival Final Line Up.

By Michael Katz The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival announced its complete schedule yesterday, adding Tony Bennett and Michael Wolff (leading his Cal Tjader tribute band) to a program already rich with stars that include Pat Metheny, Showcase Artist Jack DeJohnette, Esperanza Spalding, Trombone Shorty, Bill Frisell and Artist-in-residence Ambrose Akinmusire. More on all that later.… Read More News: The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival Final Line Up.

Picks of the Week: Feb. 14 – 19

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 14. (Tues.)  Nedra Wheeler.  Bassist/vocalist Wheeler is a convincing performer as an instrumentalist and a singer. and she’ll no doubt be in rare form with the backing of  Lanny Hartley, piano, Clarence Webb, saxophone and Munyungo Jackson, drums.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400. – Feb. 15. (Wed.)  Spanky… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 14 – 19

Jazz With An Accent: New CDs from Vince Mendoza, David Murray Cuban Ensemble and Sammy Figueroa

By Fernando Gonzalez Vince Mendoza Nights of Earth (Horizontal) Set to a generous, wide-angled perspective, and paced by smart, observant details, Nights on Earth plays like The World According to Vince. In some ways, it suggests a personal summation of his career thus far: a deep knowledge of American music vernacular and European classical music,… Read More Jazz With An Accent: New CDs from Vince Mendoza, David Murray Cuban Ensemble and Sammy Figueroa