Live Jazz: “A Tribute To Miles” with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Sean Jones at Disney Hall

By Devon Wendell Los Angeles, CA. Any tribute to Miles Davis really goes against Miles’ core belief in always growing and never looking back at past ideas and concepts.  But when you gather five musicians (three of whom — Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Marcus Miller — played with Miles) who are constantly  pushing themselves… Read More Live Jazz: “A Tribute To Miles” with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Sean Jones at Disney Hall

Picks of the Week: Aug. 23 – 28

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 23. (Tues.)  Clay Jenkins.  Good Signs  CD concert.  Trumpeter Jenkins celebrates the September release of his new CD with the stellar band on the album — guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist Tom Warrington and drummer Joe LaBarbera.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Aug. 24. (Wed.)  Alan Ferber Quartet. Versatile trombonist… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 23 – 28

CD Reviews/Jazz: Marsalis, Masekela, Roditi, Jones

By Michael Katz The trumpet has long been jazz’s signature instrument, from Buddy Bolden and Louis Armstrong through Miles and Dizzy, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry and Freddie Hubbard. It seems like there is a cornucopia of fine trumpeters today; here are four recent releases from some greater and lesser known players.  Wynton Marsalis “He and… Read More CD Reviews/Jazz: Marsalis, Masekela, Roditi, Jones