Jazz With An Accent: Drummin’ Back Out Into the World — CDs by Arturo O’Farrill and Ginger Baker

By Fernando Gonzalez Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra The Offense of the Drum (Motema) Maestro Mario Bauzá — trumpeter, saxophonist and music director of Machito and His Afro- Cubans, direct link between Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo and a key figure in blending jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms — scoffed at the label Latin… Read More Jazz With An Accent: Drummin’ Back Out Into the World — CDs by Arturo O’Farrill and Ginger Baker

Live Jazz: The Vijay Iyer Trio, Quartet, and Sextet at Royce Hall

By Devon Wendell Vijay Iyer has been one of the most acclaimed pianists and composers in modern jazz for over 15 years, combining be-bop influences with avante-garde jazz, classical, electronic music, and even rock and pop, in a powerful and distinctive manner. At a CAP UCLA/Angel City Jazz Festival program at Royce Hall Sunday, Iyer… Read More Live Jazz: The Vijay Iyer Trio, Quartet, and Sextet at Royce Hall

Picks of the Week: April 25 – April 30

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 25. (Wed.)  Corky Hale and Freda Payne.  A Salute to Billie Holiday’s Birthday.  Lovely Freda Payne has a convincing way with the musical riches of the Holiday legacy.  And  the versatile pianist/harpist Hale, once Lady Day’s accompanist, provides the perfect setting.  Catalina Bar & Grill.   (323) 466-2210. –… Read More Picks of the Week: April 25 – April 30

Picks of the Week: Feb. 14 – 19

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 14. (Tues.)  Nedra Wheeler.  Bassist/vocalist Wheeler is a convincing performer as an instrumentalist and a singer. and she’ll no doubt be in rare form with the backing of  Lanny Hartley, piano, Clarence Webb, saxophone and Munyungo Jackson, drums.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400. – Feb. 15. (Wed.)  Spanky… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 14 – 19

Q & A: Don Lucoff — Jazz Media Expert and Managing Director of the Portland Jazz Festival

By Don Heckman Don Lucoff’s DL Media company has been one of the jazz world’s primary public relations and marketing consultants since 1988.  In addition to a more than two decade association with Blue Note, Lucoff has worked with virtually every major and independent record label as well as a stellar list of individual jazz… Read More Q & A: Don Lucoff — Jazz Media Expert and Managing Director of the Portland Jazz Festival

Picks of the Week: Nov. 9 – 14

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 9. (Tues.)  Roy Gaines and His Orchestra.  “Tuxedo Blues” Guitarist/blues singer Gaines’ resume includes stints with Ray Charles, Chuck Willis, Bobby “Blue” Bland and others.  The Living Blues “Comeback Artist of the Year,” he’s still in rare form.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 9 – 13. … Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 9 – 14