Live Music: Jason Moran in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musicians Institute

The Most Exciting (Jazz?) Pianist On The Planet? By Norton Wright Hollywood CA.  Has there ever been a jazz pianist like Jason Moran? Not Jarrett, Evans, Corea, Brubeck, Peterson — not even George Russell — not even Moran’s mentors, Jaki Byard and Thelonious Monk. As with Jackson Pollock in the visual arts, Jason Moran may… Read More Live Music: Jason Moran in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musicians Institute

Picks of the Week: Nov. 21 – 25

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 23. (Fri.)  Chuck Manning-John Daversa Quartet.  Saxophonist Manning and trumpeter Daversa get together for an evening of adventurous improvisation.  They’re backed by Pat Senatore, bass and Dick Weller, drums.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.  (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 23. (Fri.)  Deana Martin.  Yes, she’s Dean Martin’s daughter.  But Deana has… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 21 – 25

CD Review: Greg Lewis “Organ Monk: Uwo in the Black”

Greg Lewis  Organ Monk: Uwo in the Black By Brian Arsenault Listening to jazz genius Thelonious Monk has always made me anxious after about eight minutes, confirming son Kurt’s belief that I am a music primitive.  Interestingly, however, it’s Greg Lewis’ composition on the second track of Organ Monk: Uwo in the Black, not surprisingly… Read More CD Review: Greg Lewis “Organ Monk: Uwo in the Black”

Picks of the Week: Oct. 11 – 16

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 11. (Tues.)  John Pisano’s Guitar Night.  It’s a Los Angeles jazz institution, combining veteran guitarist Pisano with some of the Southland’s (and the world’s) finest guitarists.  This week, he’s trading riffs with Pat Kelley.  Vitello’s.     (818) 769-0905. – Oct. 11 – 13. (Tues. – Thurs.)  HIT Week.  Italian… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 11 – 16