Live Music: The Great American Songbook is Alive and Well at Catalina Bar & Grill with Barbara Morrison, Stephanie Haynes and Jackie Ryan

 By Roger Crane Los Angeles.  In 2013 jazz pianist, Keith Jarrett, who issued a series of albums that featured the standards, was asked “What do standards mean to you and why have you recorded so many?” Jarrett replied, “First of all, they are anything but standard by today’s standards. But they are exceptional.” These exceptional… Read More Live Music: The Great American Songbook is Alive and Well at Catalina Bar & Grill with Barbara Morrison, Stephanie Haynes and Jackie Ryan

LIve Jazz: Stephanie Haynes and the Karen Hammack Trio Upstairs at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Stephanie Haynes was back last night.  Back from years in Las Vegas, performing again at a premiere Los Angeles jazz club as she so often did in the closing decades of the 20th century.  In those remembered evenings, she could be heard at such now-departed venues as Spazio or the Jazz Bakery. … Read More LIve Jazz: Stephanie Haynes and the Karen Hammack Trio Upstairs at Vitello’s

Picks of the Week: Sept. 18 – 23

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept 19. (Wed.) Catharine Russell.  Her resume includes gigs and recordings with the likes of Paul Simon, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Michael Feinstein.  But she’s very much the “real thing” according to critic Nat Hentoff.  And why not?  Her father, pianist Luis Russell, was Louis Armstrong’s music director.  Catalina… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 18 – 23