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
By Don Heckman The row of stretch limos lined up inside the mini-mall at the top of Beverly Glen Tuesday night made it instantly clear that some sort of special event was taking place at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. As it was. Frank Sinatra’s name in the title of any musical event lends a unique cachet,… Read More Live Music: Robert Davi Sings Sinatra at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Mike Finkelstein Los Angeles. On Saturday night, Don Henley played the Greek Theatre backed by an eight piece band (two guitars, two keyboardists, two female backups singers, bass and drums) and a seven piece horn section. It was a no frills affair on a rather Spartan stage, but one that allowed him to play… Read More Live Rock: Don Henley at the Greek Theatre
By Michael Katz Jazz has always attached itself to the popular musical idioms of the day, from Tin Pan Alley to the Beatles and even (gasp) hip hop. But Wednesday night’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl highlighted a reverse aspect, Joni Mitchell’s mid-seventies adaptation of jazz into her own style of songwriting and performance. Make… Read More Live Jazz: Joni’s Jazz with Herbie Hancock and an All-Star Ensemble at the Hollywood Bowl
By Mike Finkelstein In 1976, at the peak of his popularity, Peter Frampton once mentioned that, “There is no tomorrow until I play today.” On Saturday night at the Greek Theater Peter Frampton played for three hours, putting the music at a premium, in one of the more memorable performances one could hope to get… Read More Live Rock: Peter Frampton at the Greek Theatre
By Mike Finkelstein On Friday night a not quite sold out, but certainly revved up, Greek Theater audience was treated to a most appealing double bill of high profile American Latino rock bands. Beginning their impressive career well over three decades ago, Los Lobos first blazed the trail that Los Lonely Boys now walk. … Read More Live Rock: Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos at the Greek Theatre
By Tony Gieske I’d like to thank a guy on YouTube who saved me the trouble of thinking up a lead for this review of Phil Upchurch’s set at Vitello’s the other night. “One of the few guitarists to take really scary chances when playing and leave you on the edge of your seat,” the… Read More Live Jazz: Phil Upchurch and Sonya Maddox-Upchurch at Vitello’s