Q&A: Wayne Shorter and Daniel Rotem At The Playboy Jazz Festival

By Devon Wendell On Saturday, June 13th; Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and young players from The Monk Institute Of Jazz Performance Ensemble will be performing at the 37th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival taking place Saturday and Sunday at The Hollywood Bowl. I recently had the amazing opportunity to interview Wayne Shorter on his upcoming performance… Read More Q&A: Wayne Shorter and Daniel Rotem At The Playboy Jazz Festival

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Q&A: Arturo Sandoval at the Playboy Jazz Festival

By Devon Wendell Legendary jazz trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval and his big band will be performing at the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival this year at The Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 14th.  I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Mr. Sandoval on his upcoming performance at the festival and discuss his incredibly illustrious… Read More Q&A: Arturo Sandoval at the Playboy Jazz Festival

Q & A: Denny Zeitlin, Psychiatrist and Jazz Pianist (Part 1)

By Don Heckman Denny Zeitlin is a rare Renaissance man.  He’s been a practicing psychiatrist since the early ‘60s, and a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco since 1968.  His career as a highly praised jazz pianist has paralleled his psychiatric work.  After making his first recording in 1963, he… Read More Q & A: Denny Zeitlin, Psychiatrist and Jazz Pianist (Part 1)

Q & A: Denny Zeitlin, Psychiatrist and Jazz Pianist (Part 2)

By Don Heckman Denny Zeitlin is a rare Renaissance man.  He’s been a practicing psychiatrist since the early ‘60s, and a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco since 1968.  His career as a highly praised jazz pianist has paralleled his psychiatric work.  After making his first recording in 1963, he… Read More Q & A: Denny Zeitlin, Psychiatrist and Jazz Pianist (Part 2)

Q & A: Israeli Singer Noa (Achinoam Nini)

By Don Heckman Israeli singer/songwriter Noa, whose given name is Achinoam Nini, makes one of her rare Los Angeles appearances on Saturday night in a UCLA Live concert at Royce Hall.  Her remarkable resume encompasses performances and/or collaborations with artists reaching from Pat Metheny, Sting, Stevie Wonder and Andrea Bocelli to Lokua Kanza, Khaled and… Read More Q & A: Israeli Singer Noa (Achinoam Nini)