Picks of the Week: August 4 – 10 in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, New York City, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Moscow and Tokyo

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 5. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar Night. The official release party for Pat Kelley‘s new CD, Overtones 4 Two Guitars. With Pisano, Kelley, Kendall Kay, drums, and John Belzaguy, bass. Viva Cantina. (818) 845-2425. – Aug. 5 & 6. (Tues. & Wed.) The Gypsy Allstars. If you like the… Read More Picks of the Week: August 4 – 10 in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, New York City, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Moscow and Tokyo

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Q & A: Nathan East

By Devon Wendell Nathan East’s long, illustrious career has firmly established him as one of the world’s top bass players and an impressive composer.  Recently I had the chance to speak with with him about his latest release with the group Fourplay, “Let’s Touch The Sky,” as well as some of the high points in… Read More Q & A: Nathan East

Live Music: Herbie Hancock Seven Decades: The Birthday Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman Herbie Hancock celebrated his 70th birthday Wednesday night with a stage full of musicians eager to share in the festivities, as well as a near capacity crowd of equally enthusiastic listeners spread across the far limits of the Hollywood Bowl. That’s a bigger event than most of us can hope for at… Read More Live Music: Herbie Hancock Seven Decades: The Birthday Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl

CD Review: The Big Phat Band

“Act Your Age” (Immergent) By Devon Wendell We jazz purists in pursuit of the next revolutionary original sound sometimes forget to curb our obsessive-compulsive enthusiasm and simply enjoy some fun music. Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band’s multi-Grammy nominated album “Act Your Age” is simply fun – which may be exactly what we need during these turbulent times. Produced by… Read More CD Review: The Big Phat Band