Live Jazz: Jackie Ryan at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Studio City CA.  Jackie Ryan’s appearance at Vitello’s Monday night was one of the most musically gripping performances of recent memory.  Listening to her two extended sets of songs before an enthusiastic, packed house crowd, I found myself wishing that the entire evening had been videotaped. Why? In part for the pleasure… Read More Live Jazz: Jackie Ryan at Vitello’s

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Live Jazz: The Johnny Crawford Orchestra and the Bill Cunliffe Septet at a free Playboy Jazz Festival Community Event in Beverly Hills

by Devon Wendell The 32nd annual Playboy Jazz Festival season kicked off with a free concert in Beverly Hills featuring Bill Cunliffe and his Septet, and the Johnny Crawford Orchestra — a pair of diverse acts preserving pivotal traditions in jazz history. Opening the program, Grammy-winning pianist/arranger/composer Cunliffe and his players performed a set almost… Read More Live Jazz: The Johnny Crawford Orchestra and the Bill Cunliffe Septet at a free Playboy Jazz Festival Community Event in Beverly Hills