by Roger Crane, the Song Scout BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION When Chelsea Clinton got married, her father, the jazz-loving Bill Clinton showed up with a recording of Frank Sinatra singing the Jerome Kern-Dorothy Fields’ “The Way You Look Tonight.” This was the ex-President’s choice for the Bride-Father dance. (“Good selection, Mr. President.”) Fred Astaire introduced this lovely, warm song in the… Read More Keeping the GAS (The Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “The Way You Look Tonight”
By James DeFrances Bel Air. Sunday night at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. one performer had the world on a string. That person was Seth MacFarlane and his name should ring a bell. MacFarlane has been the long time creator of Fox’s animated series Family Guy, as well as the brains behind the 2012 feature… Read More Live Music: Seth MacFarlane at Vibrato Grill Jazz..etc.
By Don Heckman Robert Davi conjured up more of his musical magic Thursday night at Vibrato. Backed by the sextet that supported him at the club last December, he once again celebrated the Frank Sinatra legacy of song, style and story telling. Although he may be best known for some of his high visibility roles… Read More Live Music: Robert Davi at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole (Concord Records) By Brian Arsenault Two versions of “Mona Lisa,” perhaps Nat King Cole’s most famous song, frame Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole. The first, opening the album, was recorded by “Lil” George Benson in 1951 after he won a singing contest at the age of… Read More CD Review: George Benson “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole”
By Don Heckman Studio City, CA. Sue Raney was at it again last night at Vitello’s, offering a pre-New Year’s Eve seminar in jazz singing. And, yes, I know the word “seminar” has an academic inference that doesn’t really capture the full quality of her performance. But there was no denying the effectiveness of Raney’s… Read More Live Jazz: Sue Raney at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman Every Tuesday morning, at an hour in which jazz is rarely heard, a remarkable event takes place in Northridge, in the upper reaches of L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. At Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, the Johnny Vana Big Band Alumni play a program of hard-swinging, big band classics for an audience… Read More Live Jazz: The Johnny Vana Big Band Alumni at Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant and Cantina