Live Jazz and World Music: the 9th Annual Filipino American Jazz & World Music Festival at Catalina Bar & Grill.

By Don Heckman The room was filled with an enthusiastic crowd at Catalina Bar & Grill Friday night for the 9th Annual Filipino American Jazz & World Music Festival. And with good reason. A long sequence of performances in the Festival once again underscored both the quality and the quantity of first rate Filipino and… Read More Live Jazz and World Music: the 9th Annual Filipino American Jazz & World Music Festival at Catalina Bar & Grill.

Record Rack: Barry Altschul, Troy Roberts, Renee Yoxon and Mark Ferguson

The Old, the Young and the Silver Tongue By Brian Arsenault Barry Altschul The 3Dom Factor   (TUM Records) On the occasion of his 70th birthday, Barry Altschul proves that the passing years haven’t slowed his drumming or dimmed his compositional skills. Economy of motion and precision of thought seemingly take the place of youthful exuberance… Read More Record Rack: Barry Altschul, Troy Roberts, Renee Yoxon and Mark Ferguson

Picks of the Week: Mar. 22 – 27

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 22. (Tues.)  Lisa McClowry.  Eclectic singer McClowry –nominated for International Vocalist of the Year in the 2011 Wave Awards — ranges freely across pop, rock, jazz and folk boundary lines.  She’ll be backed by a group that features guitarist/singer/Grammy winning songwriter Jim Peterik. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Mar.… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 22 – 27

Picks of the Week: Jan. 5 – 9

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 5. (Wed.)  Tierney Sutton Band.  Vocalist Sutton doesn’t just sing with a band; she brings her songs alive in an intimate, creative, musical companionship.  And the results are always fascinating.  Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Jan. 6. (Thurs.)  Elliot Deutsch Big Band.  Trumpeter Deutsch celebrates his birthday leading his… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 5 – 9

Live: The Monk Competition Finals

By Don Heckman Remember the name.  Jon Irabagon.  One of the smallest, most unassuming candidates in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition ran away with the first place prize Sunday night at Kodak Hall.  Although “ran away” doesn’t fully encompass either Irabagon’s accomplishment or the quality of his playing. Technical skill was a… Read More Live: The Monk Competition Finals