By Don Heckman There were only two musicians on stage Saturday night in a CAP UCLA performance at the University’s cozy Schoenberg Hall. But no more were needed. The musical encounter between pianist Fred Hersch and guitarist Julian Lage offered a definitive display of jazz improvisation at its finest. Hersch’s long, musically rich career has… Read More Live Jazz: Fred Hersch and Julian Lage at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall
BY DON HECKMAN The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra opened its new season with a bang Sunday night at Royce Hall. A bang, that is, along with a lot of other unlikely orchestral sounds that surfaced during the premieres of a pair of new compositions. But more on that later. Typically for the LACO, it was… Read More Live Music: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at Royce Hall
By Michael Katz The 2010-2011 UCLA Live season came to a rollicking end Thursday night, with a tandem performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band. Casual observers of the scene might have expected the two bands to play separately, as bluegrass music and trad jazz don’t exactly seem a likely… Read More Live Jazz and Bluegrass: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band at Royce Hall.