Live Jazz: The John Proulx Trio at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By James DeFrances Bel Air, CA.  Piano legends from years gone by came to mind during John Proulx’s show Tuesday night at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz etc. If you’d have blinked you may have thought Art Tatum or Thelonious Monk were caressing the mighty grand piano on that stage. Proulx’s emotive playing style is… Read More Live Jazz: The John Proulx Trio at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Live Music: Queen Latifah and Roy Ayers at the Hollywood Bowl.

By Don Heckman Maybe the drops of rain that were scattering across the seats at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night should have been a warning.  Not that we were going to be driven away by a rare July thunderstorm.  No.  Although a few sprinkles persisted, there was no significant rainfall. But there was a program… Read More Live Music: Queen Latifah and Roy Ayers at the Hollywood Bowl.

Record Rack: Robin Bessier, Eliane Elias (and a few words for Boones the Cat)

Two Songbirds and the American Songbook  By Brian Arsenault The so-called American Songbook doesn’t get old.  It gets better.  Because artists of the day keep reinterpreting and expanding it.  The branches of the tree grow gracefully and the songbirds perch higher. Robin Bessier other side of forever (Whispering River) In  On the Road,  Sal Paradise… Read More Record Rack: Robin Bessier, Eliane Elias (and a few words for Boones the Cat)

Live Music: Michael Feinstein at the Valley Performing Arts Center

By Don Heckman Northridge, CA. One of the first times (and there were many) that I reviewed a Michael Feinstein performance was in 1991 for the Los Angeles Times. I described him then as a “reincarnation of a classic movie juvenile lead. Slicked-back Dick Powell hair, flashing Russ Columbo eyes, a smile that would charm… Read More Live Music: Michael Feinstein at the Valley Performing Arts Center