By Don Heckman There was a strikingly diversified array of jazz at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night – a program signifying the L.A. Phil’s desire to present America’s improvisational music in its many varied manifestations, all of them intriguing in one way or another. Appropriately the headline act was veteran pianist/composer Herbie Hancock, who has… Read More Live Jazz: Herbie Hancock, Gregory Porter and the Robert Glasper Experiment at the Hollywood Bowl
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 23. (Tues.) The Postal Service. The electropop band – featuring Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello – celebrate their 10th anniversary. Greek Theatre (323) 665-5857. – July 24. (Wed.) Dave Damiani and the No Nonsense Orchestra. Vocalist and leader Damiani sings with the colorful sounds and swinging rhythms of… Read More Picks of the Week: July 23 – 28.
Review by Michael Katz Photos by Bonnie Perkinson Hollywood CA. One happy problem with an eight hour music fest that runs uninterrupted through the shifting temperatures of a near-summer’s day at the Hollywood Bowl is a lineup so strong you don’t want to leave your seat. That was the occasion on Saturday, Day 1 of… Read More Live Jazz: The 35th Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Day #1
By Don Heckman Ron Carter made one of his far too rare Southland appearances Saturday night in a CAP UCLA performance at Royce Hall. His quartet starred in a long show that also included an extended set by the Robert Glasper Trio. As the most recorded bassist in jazz history, it would be hard to… Read More Live Jazz: The Ron Carter Quartet and the Robert Glasper Trio at Royce Hall.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 34 (Wed.) Sally Kellerman. Hot Lips herself, in action. But Sally’s a one of a kind vocalist, too, bringing interpretive magic to everything she sings. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Oct. 24. (Wed.) Gabriel Johnson. Emerging jazz trumpeter Johnson has been praised by Clint Eastwood and Chris Botti, and… Read More Picks of the Week – Oct. 24 – 28
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 11. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar Night. It’s a Los Angeles jazz institution, combining veteran guitarist Pisano with some of the Southland’s (and the world’s) finest guitarists. This week, he’s trading riffs with Pat Kelley. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Oct. 11 – 13. (Tues. – Thurs.) HIT Week. Italian… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 11 – 16
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
By Michael Katz In 1995 I decided on a whim that it might be fun to drive up the coast and see the Monterey Jazz Festival. A bunch of my favorites were performing there: Chick Corea, Gene Harris, Toots Thielemans and John Scofield. I hadn’t been to the Monterey Peninsula since a family trip in… Read More A Guide to the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 7. (Wed.) Quincy Jones Band featuring the Global Gumbo All-Stars and Friends. No one knows how to put together an evening of immensely entertaining music as well as Quincy Jones. And he’s assembled one of his characteristically spectacular programs for an event that easily promises to be one… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept 5 – 11
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 18 (Wed.) Bill in Brazil. Grammy-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe, always unpredictable, displays his fascination with Brazilian music. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – May 18. (Wed.) John Proulx Trio. Pianist/singer Proulx mixes his crisp piano styings with the gentle vocals of his Chet Baker-inspired singing. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400.… Read More Picks of the Week: May 17 – 22