Picks of the Week: December 1 – 7 in L.A. and Beyond

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 3. (Wed.) Corky Hale and Eloise Laws. Pianist/harpist and all around music master Hale gets together with the engaging, Laws family vocalist Eloise for an evening of prime time music making. Her appropriate title for the evening is “Sisters! A Salute to the Great Women of Jazz, featuring… Read More Picks of the Week: December 1 – 7 in L.A. and Beyond

CD Review: Helen Sung “Anthem For A New Day” (Concord Jazz Records)

By Devon Wendell Pianist and composer Helen Sung has quickly established herself as a jazz veteran over the past decade, performing and recording with icons such as; Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, T.S. Monk, Lonnie Plaxico, and Terri Lyne Carrington to name a few. She is one of the most consistently brilliant recording artists… Read More CD Review: Helen Sung “Anthem For A New Day” (Concord Jazz Records)

Live Jazz: Charles Lloyd and Bill Frisell in a CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman Charles Lloyd made one of his rare Southland appearances Saturday night a Royce Hall in a CAP UCLA (Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA) concert. And, as often happens with the iconic jazz saxophonist and flutist, one couldn’t help but wish that Lloyd would leave his Santa Barbara home for… Read More Live Jazz: Charles Lloyd and Bill Frisell in a CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall

Live Jazz: The 54th Monterey Jazz Festival — Friday Night

By Michael Katz Monterey, California.  The weather was chilly and overcast for the opening of the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival Friday night, but it did nothing to dampen the spirits of jazz fans who were treated to a superb series of performances. There was anticipation in the air from the opening chords, as Featured Performer… Read More Live Jazz: The 54th Monterey Jazz Festival — Friday Night

Picks of the Week: Jan. Feb. 1 – Feb. 6

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 1. (Tues.)  Jules Day.  The rising young jazz singer performs an evening of new, original music from her latest CD, Day Dreams.  Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. – Feb. 2. (Wed.)  Teka and Aaron Serfaty.  “Brazilian Jazz.” Guitarist/singer Teka and percussionist Serfaty team up with pianist Otmar… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. Feb. 1 – Feb. 6

Jazz Review: The Charles Lloyd Quartet at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

By Tony Gieske Charles Lloyd was mesmerizing  everybody in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center Saturday night, and the place was full. The former Howlin’ Wolf sideman is an expert at this, nor was he in the least hampered by his own sidemen. On the contrary, young star Jason… Read More Jazz Review: The Charles Lloyd Quartet at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast