Toots Thielemans Passes

By Don Heckman The death yesterday of the brilliant multi-jazz instrumentalist Toots Thielemans ends the remarkable career of one of the jazz world’s incomparable artists. I was fortunate as a jazz journalist to have heard Toots in performance  and occasionally interviewed him over four or more decades. His guitar was brisk and swinging, often more… Read More Toots Thielemans Passes

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NEW YORK WEEKEND: SINGER/SONGWRITER/PIANIST ELLA LEYA PERFORMS SUNDAY NIGHT AT JOE’S PUB

By Don Heckman Singer/songwriter and pianist Ella Leya makes her New York debut at Joe’s Pub on Sunday night.  It’s a rare performance by a gifted artist who should not be missed. “It’s the voice of Ella Leya that first grabs you,” wrote the Los Angeles Times in reviewing her first album releases. “Simmering with… Read More HIGHLIGHT OF THE NEW YORK WEEKEND: SINGER/SONGWRITER/PIANIST ELLA LEYA PERFORMS SUNDAY NIGHT AT JOE’S PUB

State of Mind: The LA Times and the Business of Culture

by Casey Dolan It’s almost too obvious what must be said about the recent promotions at the Los Angeles Times in Calendar. The media news and job resource website, http://www.mediabistro.com/, says “It’s not about slashing jobs so…we like it,” but even a cursory examination of the dual appointments of Sallie Hofmeister and Craig Turner should raise some… Read More State of Mind: The LA Times and the Business of Culture