Live Jazz: “A Night at the Beats” with Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman, John Handy, Kurt Elling, Michael McClure, Exene Cervenka and others at Disney Hall

By Michael Katz Disney Hall and the LA Phil continued their West Coast Left Coast series Tuesday night with A Night at the Beats, featuring two fine jazz ensembles, two classic West Coast poets and two singers from divergent backgrounds. A slight disclaimer before I go further: I was seated in the so-called “Orchestra View”… Read More Live Jazz: “A Night at the Beats” with Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman, John Handy, Kurt Elling, Michael McClure, Exene Cervenka and others at Disney Hall

Picks of the Week: Dec. 7 – 13

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 8. (Tues.)  Dominick Farinacci.  Trumpeter Farinacci’s debut U.S. CD, Lovers, Tales and Dances, announced the arrival of an impressive new young jazz artist.  He makes one of his rare Southland appearances for one night only.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.    (310) 474-9400. – Dec. 8. (Tues.) Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman,… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 7 – 13

Live Jazz: The Bob Mintzer Big Band at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Don Heckman Full time big bands are in short supply these days.  True, the ghost bands, bearing the names of Swing Era leaders tour the arts centers of America.  And a few stable ensembles work to keep the instrumentation alive — some as institutional entities (the Jazz Orchestra of Lincoln Center, the Chicago Jazz… Read More Live Jazz: The Bob Mintzer Big Band at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.