Doc Wendell’s Prescription For Fat Girl: Fats Navarro Memorial No. 2: Nostalgia (Savoy)

By Devon Wendell For many occasional jazz listeners there are only 3 great trumpeters that come across their minds and lips, and they are of course Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and occasionally Louis Armstrong. For those of us obsessed with the music’s many genres and glorious history (like myself) the list is much longer and… Read More Doc Wendell’s Prescription For Fat Girl: Fats Navarro Memorial No. 2: Nostalgia (Savoy)

Record Rack: “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio” and “Ode to Thinking”

  By Brian Arsenault Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio  (Steve Barta Music) Arranged by Steve Barta But (Not Too) seriously, folks.  I am pretty far over my head reviewing Steve Barta’s new arrangement of Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio. For one thing, I don’t know Claude Bolling’s 1975 original… Read More Record Rack: “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio” and “Ode to Thinking”

Live Music: Barenaked Ladies, The Violent Femmes, and Colin Hay at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein Last Tuesday night, a good old-fashioned triple bill pulled into town at the Greek theater, a triple bill headlined by Barenaked Ladies, and supported by the Violent Femmes and Colin Hay. It seems that in recent times, acts don’t interact much on stage during one of these tours. They simply go onstage… Read More Live Music: Barenaked Ladies, The Violent Femmes, and Colin Hay at the Greek Theatre

The Song Scout: On “Dutchess” and Keeping the Boswells Alive

By Roger Crane Unlike earlier vocal groups The Boswell Sisters were truly three voices singing as one, acting and interacting with each other as musicians and not simply vocalists. And each was a superb musician, Martha played piano, Helvetia (Vet) played violin, banjo and guitar and Connie played cello, sax and guitar. Although their career… Read More The Song Scout: On “Dutchess” and Keeping the Boswells Alive

Live Jazz: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band At Walt Disney Concert Hall

By Norton Wright Los Angeles, CA.  It was SHOWTIME at Disney Hall on Saturday night as Gordon Goodwin’s 18-piece Big Phat Band performed like an inextinguishable stick of dynamite, exploding number after number in its featured hour-long set marking KJazz Radio’s third annual benefit concert. The recipient of the 2015 GRAMMY Award for “Best Large… Read More Live Jazz: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band At Walt Disney Concert Hall