By Devon Wendell Many jazz aficionados like myself have been waiting for a live box set like this one for most of our lives and it’s finally here. Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 consists of 4 CDs featuring 20 years of Miles Davis performances (8 shows in total) showcasing Miles… Read More CD Review- Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (Columbia/Legacy)
By Devon Wendell The Playboy Jazz Festival presented its second free community concert at The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Mall on Sunday June 2nd with two artists (Patrice Rushen and Ndugu Chancler) who have a very special, long time musical partnership and chemistry, along with special guest, guitar session master Paul Jackson Jr., and Bassist… Read More Live Jazz: The Playboy Jazz Festival Free Concert At Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Presents 1+One, with Patrice Rushen, Ndugu Chancler, Paul Jackson Jr. and The Harmony Project Jazz Ensemble.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 34 (Wed.) Sally Kellerman. Hot Lips herself, in action. But Sally’s a one of a kind vocalist, too, bringing interpretive magic to everything she sings. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Oct. 24. (Wed.) Gabriel Johnson. Emerging jazz trumpeter Johnson has been praised by Clint Eastwood and Chris Botti, and… Read More Picks of the Week – Oct. 24 – 28
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 27. (Tues.) Keith Jarrett Solo. It’s improvisation at its most illuminating whenever Jarrett takes one of his remarkable excursions into the world of total creative spontaneity. Disney Hall. (323) 850-2000. There will also be two additional solo dates as part of this Spring tour. The first is Sunday,… Read More Picks of the Week: March 27 – April 1
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 6. (Mon.) Candi Sosa: Bolero Meets Jazz. Cuban born singer Sosa finds surprisingly compatible musical linkages between jazz and the lyrical Latin ballad style. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – June 7. (Tues.) Jennifer Leitham Trio. Bassist/singer Leitham celebrates the release of her DVD, The Real Me Live!, the chronicle… Read More Picks of the Week: June 6 – 12
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 31. (Tues.) Bruce Cockburn and Jenny Scheinman. Versatile guitarist/composer Cockburn performs selections from his latest album, Small Source of Comfort, with the aid of eclectic violinist Scheinman. The El Rey. http://www.theelrey.com (323) 936-6400. – May 31. (Tues.) Wayne Bergeron Big Band. One of the jazz world’s finest, most… Read More Picks of the Week: May 31 – June 5
By Don Heckman Bill Cosby’s irrepressible personality has been such a vital element at the Playboy Jazz Festivals that the event seemed to lose its spark in the one year in which he took a hiatus. In addition to his role as master of ceremonies, his all-star Cos of Good Music band has become one… Read More Q & A: Bill Cosby, Jazz and the Playboy Jazz Festival
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 9. (Mon.) Bill Holman Big Band. Holman is arguably one of the great, innovative arranger’composers of his – or of any – generation. With big band nights becoming difficult to maintain in the current economy, here’s a rare opportunity to hear Holman’s amazing charts up close and personal.… Read More Picks of the Week: March 9 – 15