Live Jazz: Occidental Gypsy at Paschal Winery in Talent, Oregon

By Don Heckman The Siskiyou Music Project is offering a continuing flow of high level talent in the final weeks of its Summer schedule. On SMP’s Sunday night event at the Paschal Winery in Talent, Oregon, a packed house enthusiastically greeted the oddly titled but musically memorable jazz quintet Occidental Gypsy. In fact, the title… Read More Live Jazz: Occidental Gypsy at Paschal Winery in Talent, Oregon

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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

Jazz CD Review: Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu

Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu Chiaroscuro (ECM) By Fernando Gonzalez While perhaps best known for his work in the 70s and 80s with the still-occasionally-active group Oregon, guitarist and composer Ralph Towner also has a rich solo career that includes collaborations with Weather Report, Egberto Gismonti, Kenny Wheeler, and Jan Garbarek, among others, and duet… Read More Jazz CD Review: Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu

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