Live Jazz: Jackie Ryan in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musicians Institute

By Don Heckman Los Angeles. Jackie Ryan made one of her far too rare Southland appearances on Saturday night. The program was a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musicians Institute featuring Ryan with the stellar backing of tenor saxophonist Rickey Woodard, pianist Tamir Hendelman, drummer Dean Koba and bassist Alex Frank. That’s an impressive… Read More Live Jazz: Jackie Ryan in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musicians Institute

Short Takes: On Hungary Saving European Rock, a Finn in Berlin Out to Lynch, and A Well Suited Guitar Gem

By Brian Arsenault Hungarian Rhapsody Melody (The Poster Boy) If Poster Boy is the new “poster boy” for continental rock out of Europe, there may be hope. Only once on its CD Melody does the band succumb to the Eurocrap of weird little electronic sounds and then only mildly on “Traction.” The rest of the… Read More Short Takes: On Hungary Saving European Rock, a Finn in Berlin Out to Lynch, and A Well Suited Guitar Gem

Live Jazz: Justo Almario’s Afro-Colombian Ensemble and the Tamir Hendelman Trio in a Playboy Jazz Festival Free Community Concert at the Beverly Hills Civic Center

By Devon Wendell It was a beautiful sunny day at the Beverly Hills Civic Center on Sunday  for the 33rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival to present its first free community concert.  Two very diverse and skilled performers were on the bill, and KJAZZ’s Brad Williams was the host. The first act was award winning Israeli… Read More Live Jazz: Justo Almario’s Afro-Colombian Ensemble and the Tamir Hendelman Trio in a Playboy Jazz Festival Free Community Concert at the Beverly Hills Civic Center

Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 21

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 16. (Tues.)  Johnny Mandel Big Band. Multiple Grammy winner, gifted composer/arranger/songwriter Mandel is one of the Southland’s true musical treasures.  This rare appearance with a big band serves as an early celebration of his 85th birthday on November 23.   Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400.  – Nov. 16. (Tues.) … Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 21

Live Jazz: The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Tony Gieske When the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra starts a set, John Clayton likes to have it sound a strong — never loud — chord that is shockingly  lovely and foreshadows the rich and sonorous banquet of sound that is about to be served up. This he did at Vibrato Tuesday, and the night… Read More Live Jazz: The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.