Monterey Jazz Festival 2016

By Michael Katz For the multitudes of jazz fans on the West Coast and beyond, the third weekend of September is the highlight of the year. The 59th annual Monterey Jazz Festival was a perfect antidote to the ever-acrimonious political miasma we find ourselves in. An oasis of joy and spirituality, MJF 59 was three… Read More Monterey Jazz Festival 2016

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Live Jazz: The John Proulx Trio at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By James DeFrances Bel Air, CA.  Piano legends from years gone by came to mind during John Proulx’s show Tuesday night at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz etc. If you’d have blinked you may have thought Art Tatum or Thelonious Monk were caressing the mighty grand piano on that stage. Proulx’s emotive playing style is… Read More Live Jazz: The John Proulx Trio at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Live Jazz: the 35th Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl (Day #2)

Review by Devon Wendell Photos by Bonnie Perkinson Hollywood, CA.  For the most part, it’s not just the music that has made The Annual Playboy Jazz Festival a Los Angeles summer tradition, but instead, it’s the music combined with the ever present party atmosphere.  And this year was no different. Amidst the clouds of pot… Read More Live Jazz: the 35th Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl (Day #2)

Live Music: Emily Bear in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musician’s Institute.

By Don Heckman “I just do it.”  That was the brief comment I received from young pianist/composer Emily Bear when I spoke to her after her Wednesday night performance at the Musicians’ Institute. Four little words.  In response to my query about her orchestral composition “Santa Fe.”  How, I wondered, had she developed the skills… Read More Live Music: Emily Bear in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musician’s Institute.

Live Music: Robert Davi at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Don Heckman Robert Davi made a return visit to Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc., Wednesday and Thursday nights.  And, once again, Herb Alpert’s elegant jazz club was overflowing with enthusiastic listeners eager to hear singer/actor Davi’s engaging tribute to Frank Sinatra. The timing couldn’t have been better. Wednesday, December 12, was Old Blue Eyes’ 97th birthday. … Read More Live Music: Robert Davi at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.