Live Music: Keith Jarrett performs solo at Walt Disney Concert Hall

By Michael Katz Keith Jarrett and Disney Hall were a perfect match Tuesday night. It wasn’t just the pristine acoustics of the hall, its warm interiors surrounding Jarrett’s solo piano. An adoring capacity house brought him back for three encores, even coaxing Jarrett to converse gently with them on several occasions. The performance itself was… Read More Live Music: Keith Jarrett performs solo at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Live Jazz: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman One of the unlikely words that came to mind Wednesday night while hearing Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette in a UCLA Live concert at Royce Hall was “playful.”  That, plus “groove-driven,” “entertaining” and a few more. Why unlikely?  Not because those qualities haven’t always been present in what was originally… Read More Live Jazz: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at Royce Hall

Picks of the Week: Oct. 24 – 30

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 26. (Wed.)  Goran Bregovic Wedding and Funeral Orchestra.  Sarajevo’s wildly eclectic bandleader Bregovic leads an orchestra that combines Roma gypsy music, a brass band, strings, a male choir, Bulgarian back-up singers and traces of rock into an inimitable evening of mind-bending music.   Disney Hall.   (323) 8502000. – Oct.… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 24 – 30

Jazz CD Review: Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden “Jasmine”

By Fernando Gonzalez Keith Jarrett / Charlie Haden Jasmine (ECM) Back in early 2007, pianist Keith Jarrett agreed to participate in a documentary film about old friend Charlie Haden. The reunion led to some unexpected, informal duet playing (they hadn’t played together in more than 30 years), and the results moved Jarrett to invite Haden… Read More Jazz CD Review: Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden “Jasmine”

Live Jazz: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman When three musicians have been playing together as long as Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette have, it’s not unreasonable to expect a certain amount of repetitiveness to surface in their performances.  Even the Duke Ellington Orchestra, for all its vaunted longevity, spent a good deal of its onstage time playing… Read More Live Jazz: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at Royce Hall