By Devon Wendell I simply cannot write about jazz or music in general without doing a piece on Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. After all, these pieces are written out of love, and Bird and Dizzy were my initial introduction to the world of jazz and possibly still my favorites of all time.… Read More Doc Wendell’s Prescription for Ultimate Bebop: Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie’s “Diz ‘N Bird At Carnegie Hall” (Blue Note)
By Devon Wendell On Saturday, June 13th; Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and young players from The Monk Institute Of Jazz Performance Ensemble will be performing at the 37th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival taking place Saturday and Sunday at The Hollywood Bowl. I recently had the amazing opportunity to interview Wayne Shorter on his upcoming performance… Read More Q&A: Wayne Shorter and Daniel Rotem At The Playboy Jazz Festival
By Don Heckman It’s easy to take many musicians for granted. The musicians, that is, who create the infinite array of melodies, textures and rhythms that are the soundtrack of daily life. On television and film screens, Muzak, iTunes, videogame music tracks, favorite CD collections, and so on. “Studio musicians,” they’re called, usually with a… Read More Live Jazz: The Mike Lang Trio at Catalina Bar & Grill
BY DON HECKMAN One of the great pleasures of attending a Chick Corea performance is the anticipatory awareness that his omnivorous musical interests will always bring something new and compelling to every show. On Saturday night at the gorgeous new Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN, he did it again, this time in the company… Read More Live Music: Chick Corea, Gary Burton and the Harlem String Quartet at the Valley Performing Arts Center
By Don Heckman Wednesday was another one of those mid-week jazz nights in L.A. A lot of choices about what to hear, with the usual freeway determinants – traffic and/or distance – playing a role in where to go. But I also was in the mood to hear something a little unusual. And Ron Kalina’s… Read More Live Jazz: The Ron Kalina Quartet at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Tony Gieske You wouldn’t figure that an event honoring the late Billy Higgins would have drawn a full house to Catalina’s on a Sunday night. We here in musician-creamy Los Angeles understand that Higgins — always smiling! — was the go-to guy if you wanted to record with a cat who was there mainly… Read More Live Jazz: KPFK 90.7’s First Annual Hero Award Tribute to Billy Higgins at Catalina Bar & Grill
CTI Records: The Cool Revolution Straight Up, Deep Grooves/Big Hits, The Brazilian Connection, Cool and Classic (Masterwork Jazz) By Fernando Gonzalez There was a time when jazz was the popular music of the land. But that was a long time ago on a planet far, far away. Here on earth, selling jazz has been a… Read More Jazz CD Review: “CTI Records: The Cool Revolution”
By Tony Gieske Anat Cohen brought her lovable quartet to Catalina’s for a swift Friday night performance, commemorating some kind of anniversary having to do with Benny Goodman and playing her clarinet with a deep, rich sound much like the King of — what’s this? — Swing. And swing she memorably did, assisted in no… Read More Live Jazz: Anat Cohen at Catalina Bar & Grill