Live Blues: Buddy Guy, the Funky Meters and Quinn Sullivan at the Hollywood Bowl

By Michael Katz Hollywood, CA. “I’m 74 years young,” sings Buddy Guy, “and there ain’t nothin’ I haven’t done.” After a few verses, Buddy admits to being 77, but the extra few years haven’t diminished anything, most importantly his ability to engage an audience. Dressed in his trademark polka dot shirt, Guy’s voice is clear… Read More Live Blues: Buddy Guy, the Funky Meters and Quinn Sullivan at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: The Chick Corea/Stanley Clarke Trio with Hubert Laws at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Michael Katz Let’s start with this: Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, an acoustic jazz trio, a nightclub appearance. Fill out the trio with an energetic young drummer, Marcus Gilmore, grandson of Roy Haynes, no less. Enough? Hardly. Make it a quartet with Hubert Laws sitting in on flute. Jam an appreciative overflow crowd into the… Read More Live Jazz: The Chick Corea/Stanley Clarke Trio with Hubert Laws at Catalina Bar & Grill

Live Jazz: Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Disney Hall

By Michael Katz When Wynton Marsalis led his star-studded Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra onto the stage at a sold-out Disney Hall last night, he was greeted so warmly that you could sense the mutual appreciation before the first note was played. That feeling lasted throughout a memorable evening, underpinned by the band’s roots in… Read More Live Jazz: Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Disney Hall

Live Jazz: John Pisano’s Guitar Night with Graham Dechter

By Michael Katz There were generations bumping into each other Tuesday night, both on the stage and in the crowd at Lucy’s 51 in Toluca Lake, the current home of John Pisano’s Guitar Night.  Much of that is by design. For fifteen years, Pisano has been bringing guitarists from anywhere and everywhere to share an… Read More Live Jazz: John Pisano’s Guitar Night with Graham Dechter

Live Jazz: The Monterey Jazz Festival All Stars at the Valley Performing Arts Center

By Michael Katz Northridge, CA.  There were lots of good vibes, not to mention some friendly apparitions, circulating through the Valley Performing Arts Center Wednesday night, as the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars brought their tour to the campus of Cal State Northridge. The sextet, which had closed the curtain on the 55th MJF last September,… Read More Live Jazz: The Monterey Jazz Festival All Stars at the Valley Performing Arts Center