A Twist Of Doc: Jazz Appreciation Month

By Devon (Doc) Wendell So April is Jazz Appreciation Month. I don’t know exactly what this means but I hope it will have a positive impact upon jazz and the jazz community. Jazz has really taken a beating from the outside world; from the false representation of jazz education in last year’s award winning film… Read More A Twist Of Doc: Jazz Appreciation Month

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CD Review: Dave Stryker’s “Messin’ With Mister T”

By Devon Wendell What could be better than guitarist Dave Stryker and his famed organ trio (Jared Gold: Hammond B3 organ, and McClenty Hunter: drums with Mayra Casales guesting on Percussion) paying tribute to Stryker’s ex-employee and mentor, the legendary tenor sax giant Stanley Turrentine? On Messin’ With Mister T (Strikezone), Stryker has assembled an… Read More CD Review: Dave Stryker’s “Messin’ With Mister T”

Bye Bye Bird From Hollywood: The 59th Anniversary of the Death Of Charlie Parker

By Devon Wendell When listening to “Dizzy Atmosphere” recorded live on September 29th, 1947, with Dizzy Gillespie at Carnegie Hall, it’s hard to believe that tomorrow, March 12th, Bird will have been dead 59 years. In that solo alone, Bird captured the future, present, and the entire history of jazz in a frenetically beautiful but… Read More Bye Bye Bird From Hollywood: The 59th Anniversary of the Death Of Charlie Parker

A Twist of Doc – An Appreciation: The 43rd Anniversary Of The Death Of Jimi Hendrix

 By Devon Wendell September 18th, 2013 and all I can think about is Jimi. How his music and legacy has haunted me my entire life. Jimi Hendrix died 43 years ago today, over 5 years before I was even born. Yet every feedback drenched note, cascading soulful ballad, and harrowing wammy-bar dive bomb has almost… Read More A Twist of Doc – An Appreciation: The 43rd Anniversary Of The Death Of Jimi Hendrix

Record Rack: Gerald Clayton, Steve Kuhn and Roberta Piket

Pianos On The Loose By Don Heckman  Gerald Clayton: Life Forum (Concord Music) I’ve been listening to and marveling at the playing of Gerald Clayton since he was displaying all the makings of a unique jazz artist while still a teen-ager.  Now 28, with three Grammy nominations, his credentials have been thoroughly established, and never… Read More Record Rack: Gerald Clayton, Steve Kuhn and Roberta Piket

Live Jazz: Rudresh Mahanthappa with Indo-Pak Coalition and Gamak at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman At first glance, Saturday night seemed to offer one of the intriguing jazz events of the season: alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa appearing with his groups Indo-Pak Coalition and Gamak in a CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall.  Over the past decade, Mahanthappa, a second generation Indian American, has received significant recognition from… Read More Live Jazz: Rudresh Mahanthappa with Indo-Pak Coalition and Gamak at Royce Hall