Live Jazz: The Ravi Coltrane Quartet and the Christian McBride Trio in a UCLA Live Concert at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman The performances by the Christian McBride Trio and the Ravi Coltrane Quartet at Royce Hall Saturday night provided a fascinating prologue to Sunday’s Grammys.  A prologue that revealed some of what was largely missing the next day in the granting of the awards. Start with the fact that the McBride and Coltrane… Read More Live Jazz: The Ravi Coltrane Quartet and the Christian McBride Trio in a UCLA Live Concert at Royce Hall

Live Jazz: The 53rd ANNUAL MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL (Day 3)

By Michael Katz Sunday promised to be a scintillating day of music, with several can’t miss attractions at the Garden Stage sandwiched between the afternoon and evening programs at the other venues. The early afternoon shows are annually dedicated to student bands, from the high school vocal ensembles to the Cal State Northridge band. The… Read More Live Jazz: The 53rd ANNUAL MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL (Day 3)

Live Jazz: The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (Day 2)

By Michael Katz Saturday afternoon will long be remembered for Trombone Shorty’s march on Monterey. To say he stole the show doesn’t do him justice. It’s like calling Gen. Sherman a cat burgler. But I’ll try and set the stage, as the afternoon started innocently enough… JOHN FIRMIN & THE NOCTURNE BAND I always try… Read More Live Jazz: The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (Day 2)