By Devon Wendell For those curious as to what Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters would sound like in 2014 sans Herbie; legendary drummer Harvey Mason’s latest album Chameleon would be the best example of that one of a kind jazz-funk style in a slightly more contemporary setting. Mason played drums on the original Head Hunters album in… Read More CD Review: Harvey Mason “Chameleon” (Concord Records)
By Don Heckman Maybe the drops of rain that were scattering across the seats at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night should have been a warning. Not that we were going to be driven away by a rare July thunderstorm. No. Although a few sprinkles persisted, there was no significant rainfall. But there was a program… Read More Live Music: Queen Latifah and Roy Ayers at the Hollywood Bowl.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 9. (Tues.) Michael Tilson-Thomas conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Mahler Symphony No. 2. “Resurrection.” With soprano Kiera Duffy, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – July 10. (Wed.) Queen Latifa. Roy Ayers. The 2013 jazz summer season at… Read More Picks of the Week: July 9 – 14
By Michael Katz One of my regrets from the Monterey Jazz Festival was missing guitarist Bill Frisell’s commissioned piece. So Saturday night’s performance in support of the Bill Morrison film The Great Flood at UCLA’s Royce Hall gave me the opportunity to experience another facet of Frisell’s diverse musical oeuvre The 75 minute film, presented… Read More Live Music and Film: Bill Frisell and “The Great Flood” at Royce Hall
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 14 & 15. (Tues. & Wed.) Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour. Cirque du Soleil. The music and lyrics of Michael Jackson are the foundation for a show that “immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down,” performed by the incomparable artists… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 14 – 19
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 4. (Wed.) Barry Manilow and July 4 Fireworks Spectacular. A high energy celebration of the 4th. With one soaring Manilow hit after another, a lot of patriotic music from the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Sarah Hicks. And the usual spectacular pyrotechnics. Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2040. – July… Read More Picks of a Holiday Week: July 4 – 8
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 29. (Wed.) Strunz & Farah. The dynamic guitar duo display their fast-fingered magic. Click HERE to read an iRoM review of a recent S&F appearance. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Sept. 29 – Aug. 3 (Wed. – Sun.) McCoy Tyner Quartet. The ever-exploratory Tyner, leads a group… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 28 – Oct. 3