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.
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
By Don Heckman Dave Frishberg brought his one man show to L.A. last week for a nonstop performance of nearly two hours in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast. Seated at a darkly shining piano positioned in solitary splendor at the center of the vast, enveloping stage of the Kirk Douglas Theatre, the balding, bespectacled Frishberg… Read More Live Jazz: Dave Frishberg in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast
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
By Tony Gieske Elliot Deutsch brought in a one-size-fits-all big band Thursday night for the Vitello’s cavalcade of same, and while the output could hardly be described as tedious, it did not break any sound barriers. Not that it wasn’t plenty loud. But it’s better to adumbrate what it wasn’t than what it was. It… Read More Live Jazz: The Elliot Deutsch Big Band at Vitello’s
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
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