Live Jazz: Alan Broadbent At Zipper Concert Hall, Los Angeles.

By Norton Wright Los Angeles, CA. Trying to review a performance of pianist Alan Broadbent is like trying to describe lightning in a bottle. Broadbent’s playing is electrifying, so charged with power, substance, and beauty that descriptions like “swinging,” “groovy,” “funky,” etc. are wholly inadequate. On Saturday night at the elegant and so well-suited Zipper… Read More Live Jazz: Alan Broadbent At Zipper Concert Hall, Los Angeles.

Live Music: Dori Caymmi at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

By Cathy Segal-Garcia Los Angeles, CA.  Here I am, sitting in the Kirk Douglas Theatre, waiting for the world-renowned guitarist/vocalist/composer/arranger/producer, Dori Caymmi, to come out to start the show. A beautiful theatre, slanted up seating, with a medium large stage on the floor, the newest and most intimate of Center Theatre Group’s family of theatres.… Read More Live Music: Dori Caymmi at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

Keeping It Real: A Minority(?) Opinion From Norton Wright

A few weeks ago we published a commentary from Brick Wahl regarding today’s jazz clubs, the musicians who perform in them, and the audiences who come (or don’t come) to hear them.  Click HERE to read Brick’s entire post.  In many respects, the commentary was directed at the musicians themselves.  We’ve had many responses –… Read More Keeping It Real: A Minority(?) Opinion From Norton Wright

Live Jazz: The Antonio Sanchez Quartet at a Jazz Bakery Moveable Feast

By Michael Katz “Migration,” the name of the quartet led by drummer Antonio Sanchez, seemed an adept name for a group headlining the latest in the Jazz Bakery’s Moveable Feast Series. The Bakery, which was uprooted from its Westside home, is on a peripatetic journey which has taken it to downtown, Hollywood and points in… Read More Live Jazz: The Antonio Sanchez Quartet at a Jazz Bakery Moveable Feast

Live Jazz: The Grammy Museum Salutes the Jazz Bakery, with Hubert Laws, Alan Bergman, Tierney Sutton, Bill Henderson, Mike Melvoin, Kenny Burrell, Jeff Garlin, Alan Broadbent and more

By Michael Katz Perhaps you came from a musical family. Perhaps you remember those holiday dinners, when your mother would proudly call you and your siblings to gather around the piano and sing, strum or toot what you’d recently studied when the other kids were out playing ball. Now, close your eyes and pretend that… Read More Live Jazz: The Grammy Museum Salutes the Jazz Bakery, with Hubert Laws, Alan Bergman, Tierney Sutton, Bill Henderson, Mike Melvoin, Kenny Burrell, Jeff Garlin, Alan Broadbent and more

Live Jazz: Triple Play (Bill O’Connell, Dave Valentin and Munyungo Jackson) at the Jazz Bakery

by Michael Katz It’s opening night, mid-week, mid-recession, early pandemic. A sparse but good-natured crowd has gathered at the Jazz Bakery to see Triple Play, a Latin jazz trio featuring pianist Bill O’Connell, flutist Dave Valentin and percussionist Munyungo Jackson.  O’Connell and Valentin have been playing together for nearly thirty years, but the first set… Read More Live Jazz: Triple Play (Bill O’Connell, Dave Valentin and Munyungo Jackson) at the Jazz Bakery

Live Jazz: The Ron Carter Trio (with Russell Malone and Mulgrew Miller)

By Michael Katz There were plenty of reasons to celebrate Friday night at the Jazz Bakery. For starters, there was the return of proprietor Ruth Price, back hosting the music with her trademark effervescence for the first time since a December auto accident. For another, there was the news she shared that the Bakery, whose… Read More Live Jazz: The Ron Carter Trio (with Russell Malone and Mulgrew Miller)

Here There & Everywhere: Herbie Hancock, The Hollywood Bowl and the Jazz Bakery

By Don Heckman There’s been some good news, bad news and in-between news this week out here on the Left Coast.  The good news is that the Los Angeles Philharmonic has appointed Herbie Hancock for a two year term as the new Creative Chair for Jazz, starting in 2010.  He replaces Christian McBride, who has… Read More Here There & Everywhere: Herbie Hancock, The Hollywood Bowl and the Jazz Bakery