Film: “The Girls in the Band”

By Don Heckman “She plays good for a girl.” Or, somewhat more pejoratively, “She plays good for a chick.” Both phrases have been heard repeatedly, in varying forms, since the early days of jazz. Over the many decades in which talented female instrumentalists (playing everything from horns to drums to keys) have been trying, often… Read More Film: “The Girls in the Band”

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Q & A: Norton Wright, Fine Art Painter, Television Producer and Lover of Jazz

By Don Heckman Fine art painter and television producer aren’t exactly career terms that are often heard in the same sentence.  Not even in the wildly multi-hyphenate world of Los Angeles.  Add to that the description “life long jazz fan” and the combination becomes even more unlikely.  But not completely.  Because all those labels –… Read More Q & A: Norton Wright, Fine Art Painter, Television Producer and Lover of Jazz

Picks of the Week: April 12 – 19

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 13 – 15. (Mon. – Wed.) Chris Potter’s Underground. Potter continues to successfully assert that there’s something to say on the post-Coltrane tenor saxophone. Jazz Bakery (310) 271-9039.  www.jazzbakery.com   – April 16. (Thurs.) Kendra Shank. Shank’s appropriately titled, ear-grabbing new album ‘’Mosaic” includes a selection of material… Read More Picks of the Week: April 12 – 19