A Twist of Doc: The 2013 NAMM Convention Performance Highlights

 By Devon “Doc” Wendell The 2013 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) convention took place in Anaheim California between Thursday, January 24th and Sunday, January 27th. Despite throngs of inebriated metal heads roaming the Anaheim streets, instrument booths in the convention hall, and thousands of music merchants packed into the Anaheim Convention center like sardines,… Read More A Twist of Doc: The 2013 NAMM Convention Performance Highlights

Live Jazz: The Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble at Vitello’s

By Tony Gieske Billy Childs comes right out and admits it: He was inspired by Laura Nyro.  He liked her collaboration with Alice Coltrane on Christmas and the Beads of Sweat. And so he formed the Jazz Chamber Ensemble, which also has at its nucleus, piano, acoustic guitar, and harp. A version of this he… Read More Live Jazz: The Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble at Vitello’s

Live Jazz: The 54th Monterey Jazz Festival — Friday Night

By Michael Katz Monterey, California.  The weather was chilly and overcast for the opening of the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival Friday night, but it did nothing to dampen the spirits of jazz fans who were treated to a superb series of performances. There was anticipation in the air from the opening chords, as Featured Performer… Read More Live Jazz: The 54th Monterey Jazz Festival — Friday Night

Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 21

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 16. (Tues.)  Johnny Mandel Big Band. Multiple Grammy winner, gifted composer/arranger/songwriter Mandel is one of the Southland’s true musical treasures.  This rare appearance with a big band serves as an early celebration of his 85th birthday on November 23.   Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400.  – Nov. 16. (Tues.) … Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 21

Live Jazz: Denise Donatelli at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman One of Denise Donatelli’s most unique characteristics as a jazz singer is her confident willingness to perform in complex musical settings with stellar jazz instrumentalists.  Her new CD, When Lights Are Low, is a good example.  Like her previous release, What Lies Within, it includes arrangements by Geoffrey Keezer that virtually translate… Read More Live Jazz: Denise Donatelli at Vitello’s