Live Jazz: Highlights from the 36th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival At The Hollywood Bowl

By Devon Wendell So it’s that time again folks; another annual Playboy Jazz Festival has come and gone. As most of us know, the first rule when attending the festival is that we pissed off jazz enthusiasts must check our inner jazz- purist at the security gate before the festivities begin because you could actually… Read More Live Jazz: Highlights from the 36th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival At The Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: The 36th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman What is there to say about a Festival that loses its way? It’s a question that kept running through my mind during the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl. That’s not to challenge the quality of the sounds beamed from the Bowl stage to a capacity… Read More Live Jazz: The 36th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Music: Gershwin Across America, with Nancy Wilson, Monica Mancini, BeBe Winans, Jason Mraz and Annie Clark at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It was Gershwin night at the Bowl on Wednesday.  And there wasn’t a moment’s doubt about the identities of the real stars of the show.  Although the line up embraced a collection of singers ranging from BeBe Winans, Monica Mancini and Jason Mraz to Annie Clark and Nancy Wilson, I’m sure that… Read More Live Music: Gershwin Across America, with Nancy Wilson, Monica Mancini, BeBe Winans, Jason Mraz and Annie Clark at the Hollywood Bowl

Picks of the Week: Aug. 24 – 29

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 24. (Tues.) Sarah Chang.  The gifted young violinist takes on the fascinating musical demands of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Slatkin,  plays the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5.  The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 24. (Tues.)  Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 24 – 29