Picks of the Week: June 12 – 16

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 12. (Wed.)  Julian Coryell.  He’s received an impressive guitar-playing legacy from his father, Larry Coryell.  But Julian has thoroughly developed a creative style of his own.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – June 13. (Thurs.)  Cindy Lauper.  30th Anniversary: She’s So Unusual Tour.  The inimitable Cindy Lauper celebrates the anniversary… Read More Picks of the Week: June 12 – 16

News: The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival Final Line Up.

By Michael Katz The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival announced its complete schedule yesterday, adding Tony Bennett and Michael Wolff (leading his Cal Tjader tribute band) to a program already rich with stars that include Pat Metheny, Showcase Artist Jack DeJohnette, Esperanza Spalding, Trombone Shorty, Bill Frisell and Artist-in-residence Ambrose Akinmusire. More on all that later.… Read More News: The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival Final Line Up.

News: THE 2012 MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL – FIRST LOOK

By Michael Katz I’ve made it no secret over the years that I consider The Monterey Jazz Festival one of the world’s great musical weekends.  This morning MJF, celebrating its 55th anniversary September 21-23, released a preview of its program:  Pat Metheny, Esperanza Spaulding,  Trombone Shorty and a new edition of the Monterey All-Stars highlight… Read More News: THE 2012 MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL – FIRST LOOK

Live Jazz: The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (Day 2)

By Michael Katz Saturday afternoon will long be remembered for Trombone Shorty’s march on Monterey. To say he stole the show doesn’t do him justice. It’s like calling Gen. Sherman a cat burgler. But I’ll try and set the stage, as the afternoon started innocently enough… JOHN FIRMIN & THE NOCTURNE BAND I always try… Read More Live Jazz: The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (Day 2)

Live Jazz: The Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl (Further Thoughts)

by Devon Wendell It’s become harder and harder to discern whether what has been designated as a “Jazz Festival” is aimed at die hard jazz aficionados — studying each chord change and nuance — or those music lovers who just want to dance to more commercially infectious R&B grooves and have fun. This was certainly the case at the 32nd… Read More Live Jazz: The Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl (Further Thoughts)

Live Jazz: The Playboy Jazz Festival, Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman The 32nd Playboy Jazz Festival wrapped a long weekend of music yesterday with yet another program perfectly illustrating the qualities that make it one of the world’s most engaging celebrations: tradition, youth, stylistic range and global diversity. Bill Cosby, the Festival’s irrepressible master of ceremonies and the leader of his own Cos… Read More Live Jazz: The Playboy Jazz Festival, Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl