Live Jazz: The Clare Fischer Big Band at Typhoon

By Michael Katz Santa Monica, CA.  Anyone who has followed the Latin jazz scene in Southern California is well acquainted with the work of Clare Fischer. The keyboardist and composer, who passed away in January, 2012, left a trove of compositions, including “Pensitiva” and “Morning” and a large jazz ensemble that his son, Brent, has… Read More Live Jazz: The Clare Fischer Big Band at Typhoon

Live Jazz: The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Tony Gieske When the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra starts a set, John Clayton likes to have it sound a strong — never loud — chord that is shockingly  lovely and foreshadows the rich and sonorous banquet of sound that is about to be served up. This he did at Vibrato Tuesday, and the night… Read More Live Jazz: The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Live Jazz: Clare Fischer’s Clarinet Choir at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Tony Gieske The main thing about Clare Fischer’s Clarinet Choir is its unprecedented sound, the freshest thing in reed literature since the Four Brothers sound devised by Shorty Rogers and Ralph Burns for Woody Herman’s band, which we all know from the unforgettable “Keen & Peachy.” Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Serge Chaloff, and Al… Read More Live Jazz: Clare Fischer’s Clarinet Choir at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.