Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning -“You Don’t Know What Love Is”

By Roger Crane, the Song Scout Background/Discussion Surprisingly, two top jazz standards “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and “I Remember April” were both written for 1941 slapstick Abbott and Costello movies “You Don’t Know What Love Is” was dropped from Keep ‘em Flying before the movie was released but performed by vocalist Carol Bruce… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning -“You Don’t Know What Love Is”

Live Jazz: The Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble at Vitello’s

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

Live Music: Robert Davi Sings Sinatra at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

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.

Live Jazz: Joni’s Jazz with Herbie Hancock and an All-Star Ensemble at the Hollywood Bowl

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

Live Rock: Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos 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

Live Jazz: Chris Botti, Bobby McFerrin and the Yellowjackets at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman Chris Botti made his third consecutive L.A. appearance in July Wednesday night.  This time, he was at the Hollywood Bowl, following July concerts in 2009 and 2010, almost to the day, at the Greek Theatre. And this performance, like the earlier ones, defined why Botti has become the music world’s best selling… Read More Live Jazz: Chris Botti, Bobby McFerrin and the Yellowjackets at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: Deborah Pearl sings her Benny Carter songs at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman The vast accomplishments that made Benny Carter a jazz icon are far too numerous to mention here.  Suffice to say that he was a brilliant instrumentalist (on saxophone, trumpet and more), a gifted composer/arranger for everything from small jazz bands to symphonic orchestras, the creator of a string of Swing Era big… Read More Live Jazz: Deborah Pearl sings her Benny Carter songs at Vitello’s