Live Jazz: Celebrating Miles at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida

By Fernando Gonzalez Almost by definition, tribute concerts are safe gambits.  The honored figure provides a brand name, a ready-made repertoire, and a marketing narrative. Feature in the bill artists who were part of the honoree’ s career or were influenced by the master, stir and sell out the hall. Consider Celebrating Miles, the entertaining… Read More Live Jazz: Celebrating Miles at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida

Picks of the Week: Nov. 1 – 7

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 2. (Tues.)  John Pisano’s Guitar Night.  Brasil Night.  Pisano expands his usual two-guitar format into an evening simmering with the irresistible rhythms of Brazil. With Federico Ramos, guitar, Jose Marino, bass, Enzo Todesco, drums.  Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Nov. 3. (Wed.) Ornette Coleman.  Jazz in the post-bebop era… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 1 – 7

Live Jazz: Bitches Brew Remix at the Sunset Junction Festival

By Devon Wendell There have been many Miles Davis tribute bands over the years that have primarily focused on capturing Davis’ exact sound rather that the creative spirit and energy of the late musical pioneer.  This was not the case with the Mile Davis Bitches Brew Remix performance Saturday night at the Sunset Junction Festival.… Read More Live Jazz: Bitches Brew Remix at the Sunset Junction Festival

Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 22

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 16. (Mon.) Devon Wendell, Kevin Kelly and Tyler Kidd.    Blues on the loose, featuring iRoM’s own “Doc” Wendell playing electric and acoustic guitars and harmonica.  A chance to hear the reviewer in action.   The Viper Room.  (310) 652-7869. – Nove. 16. (Mon.)  Elvis Schoenberg’s Orchestre Surreal.  Schoenberg’s… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 22