Highlights of the Long Weekend: In Los Angeles

By Don Heckman – April 16. (Thurs.) The Mutter Bronfman Harrell Trio. Three international virtuosi – violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Lynn Harrell – apply their remarkable skills to a program of classic piano trios: Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 “Archduke” and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op.… Read More Highlights of the Long Weekend: In Los Angeles

Live Jazz: Omar Sosa at Auditorio Conde Duque in the XXVIII Festival Jazz Madrid

By Fernando Gonzalez Madrid.  A concert by Cuban pianist Omar Sosa suggests, at different times, an ever-changing combination of musical event, performance art, and religious ceremony. His solo show at the lovely new Auditorio Conde Duque in Madrid, on Tuesday, as part of the XXVIII Festival Jazz Madrid, certainly had plenty of those elements.  But… Read More Live Jazz: Omar Sosa at Auditorio Conde Duque in the XXVIII Festival Jazz Madrid

CD Review Jazz: Omar Sosa & the NDR Big Band

Omar Sosa & the NDR Big Band Ceremony (Ota) By Fernando Gonzalez Cuban pianist, percussionist, composer and arranger Omar Sosa has a distinct musical vision: a pan-African sound that connects African and neo-African cultures in Europe and the New World. Over nearly the past two decades, Sosa has pursued it with remarkable clarity and consistency,… Read More CD Review Jazz: Omar Sosa & the NDR Big Band

Picks of the Week: March 30 – April 5

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – March 30 (Mon.) The Frank Capp Juggernaut Big Band. It’s a juggernaut, all right – a hard driving, deeply swinging collection of L.A.’s finest players, working through the scintillating repertoire of the Great American Big Band Book. Charlie O’s. (818) 994-3058. http://www.charlieos.com – April 1. (Wed.) The Alan Broadbent… Read More Picks of the Week: March 30 – April 5