Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Over the Rainbow”

By Roger Crane What is left to say about the lovely and iconic “Over the Rainbow?” Well, some basics. The music is by Harold Arlen and the lyric by E. Y. “Yip” Harburg. As many of you know, it was written for and featured in the 1939 Judy Garland movie The Wizard of Oz. The… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Over the Rainbow”

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Live Jazz: A Tribute to Bill Henderson at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman Hollywood, CA.  The line waiting to get in to Catalina Bar & Grill at 7:30 Thursday night stretched all the way back to the jazz venue’s nearby garage.  And it was moving slowly.  But there was no sign of anyone leaving.  Not for this performance.  Not with a stellar assemblage of talented… Read More Live Jazz: A Tribute to Bill Henderson at Catalina Bar & Grill

Live Jazz: John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Vitello’s with Larry Koonse and Tom Warrington

By Don Heckman Last week, John Pisano’s Guitar Night celebrated its 14th anniversary of bringing weekly guitar jams to the Southland’s jazz audience.  And last night, Guitar Night kicked off its 15th year with the kind of evening that has made this long run series into such a vital jazz destination. In addition to the… Read More Live Jazz: John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Vitello’s with Larry Koonse and Tom Warrington