A Twist of Doc: The 2013 NAMM Convention Performance Highlights

 By Devon “Doc” Wendell The 2013 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) convention took place in Anaheim California between Thursday, January 24th and Sunday, January 27th. Despite throngs of inebriated metal heads roaming the Anaheim streets, instrument booths in the convention hall, and thousands of music merchants packed into the Anaheim Convention center like sardines,… Read More A Twist of Doc: The 2013 NAMM Convention Performance Highlights

Picks of the Week: March 6 – 11

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 6. (Tues.)  John Pisano’s “Guitar Night.” Pisano takes his ever-entertaining, ever-popular  “Guitar Night” to a new venue.  To celebrate the move, the featured guest is veteran guitarist Mundell Lowe.  Lucy’s 51. Toluca Lake.  (818) 763-5200. Mar. 6. (Tues.)  The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet.  Guitarist Bergara and his crew bring… Read More Picks of the Week: March 6 – 11

Live Jazz: The Nat Adderley Jr./Longineu Parsons Quintet at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Tony Gieske You can’t get much more down home than this: The Nat Adderley Jr. and Longineu Parsons quintet playing the music of Cannonball and Nat Adderley. At Catalina’s Tuesday night, the young Adderley, who made his bones as the musical director for Luther Vandross, played piano with mucho soul, not to mention deep-seated… Read More Live Jazz: The Nat Adderley Jr./Longineu Parsons Quintet at Catalina Bar & Grill

Live Jazz: The Willie Jones III Quartet at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Tony Gieske Willie Jones III brought a couple of familiar homies, Eric Reed and Trevor Ware, to Catalina’s Tuesday night to herald the release of his new CD.  But the guy who stole the show was his Mexican born trumpet player Gilbert Castellanos, who played faster than Arturo Sandoval, Dizzy Gillespie or Freddie Hubbard. … Read More Live Jazz: The Willie Jones III Quartet at Catalina Bar & Grill

Picks of the Week: Dec. 7 – 13

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 8. (Tues.)  Dominick Farinacci.  Trumpeter Farinacci’s debut U.S. CD, Lovers, Tales and Dances, announced the arrival of an impressive new young jazz artist.  He makes one of his rare Southland appearances for one night only.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.    (310) 474-9400. – Dec. 8. (Tues.) Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman,… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 7 – 13