Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning

“How Long Has This Been Going On?”   By Roger Crane, the Song Scout       BACKGROUND / DISCUSSION “How Long Has This Been Going On?” is an early song (1927) composed by the Gershwin brothers that expresses the delight of a first kiss. George was blessed to have a brother who was a… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning

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Live Jazz: Karrin Allyson at Catalina Bar & Grill

By James DeFrances Hollywood. The holiday season was in full swing Thursday night at Catalina’s Jazz Club in Hollywood with some good old fashioned yuletide cheer. 4-time Grammy nominee singer-pianist Karrin Allyson took center stage to entertain the eager crowd. Her show was a bit of a departure from a typical straight ahead jazz event… Read More Live Jazz: Karrin Allyson at Catalina Bar & Grill

Picks of the Week: Aug. 27 – Sept. 2

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 27. (Mon.)  Jason Marsalis Quartet. He may be the youngest member of the illustrious Marsalis jazz family, but drummer/vibraphonist Jason has already established his own impressive musical identity.  Catalina Bar & Grill.  (323) 466-2210. – Aug. 28 & Aug. 30/ (Tues. & Thurs.)  Carmina Burana. German composer Carl… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 27 – Sept. 2

Live Jazz: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey at Disney Hall

By Don Heckman Who would have thought that Tuesday night’s Disney Hall performance by jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli would wind up in a singalong with the entire audience joining in on “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” The answer is anyone who’s ever seen Pizzarelli, his trio, and his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, in… Read More Live Jazz: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey at Disney Hall

Picks of the Week: Oct. 24 – 30

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 26. (Wed.)  Goran Bregovic Wedding and Funeral Orchestra.  Sarajevo’s wildly eclectic bandleader Bregovic leads an orchestra that combines Roma gypsy music, a brass band, strings, a male choir, Bulgarian back-up singers and traces of rock into an inimitable evening of mind-bending music.   Disney Hall.   (323) 8502000. – Oct.… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 24 – 30