December 30, 2012 |
AAt age 87, Roger Hall still loves to play the music of his youth, that larger-than-life big band sound that no longer commands respect among the casino bosses in this town. In an earlier life, he played in bands backing Nat King Cole, and Sammy Davis Jr. and the rest of the original Rat Pack. Yet with the city's backbeat overtaken by a new generation of bejeweled rappers and DJs, he found fewer places to blow his alto sax in a big band. One by one, restaurants like Peppers and the Italian American Club, which used to host bands, all closed down.
December 20, 2012
Make yours a happy holiday at a "Swingin' Christmas" with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Disney Hall. The popular swing revival band will turn Christmas classics such as "Jingle Bells" and "Blue Christmas" into big-band ragers that will have you tapping your toes in no time. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. Prices vary. (323) 850-2000, http://www.laphil.com.
October 27, 2012 |
What follows are a few random observations and notes about Bob Dylan's set at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night. --As a 15-song display of his work, Bob Dylan's show was unimpeachable. Few of his fans could complain about one that began, for example, with his saucy “You Ain't Goin' Nowhere” and ended with a frolic through “Blowin' in the Wind.” In between he played “Tangled Up in Blue,” “Love Sick,” "Make You Feel My Love," “All Along the Watchtower,” and “Desolation Row,” among others.
July 5, 2012
MUSIC The rollicking San Francisco-based ensemble Jazz Mafia brings a welcome dash of hip-hop energy to the big band tradition having collaborated with Ledisi, Digital Underground and Lyrics Born along with Bay Area jazz veterans such as guitarist Will Bernard. But for all the diverse sounds coursing through the group's veins there remains ample room for unfiltered improvisation. Grand Performances at California Plaza, 300-350 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. Free. http://www.grandperformances.org
June 18, 2012 |
As a jazz fan, you really have to savor the select moments of the Playboy Jazz Festival, which began its 34th installment Saturday at its longtime home, the Hollywood Bowl. Because as a stand-alone, multi-day barometer of the state of the music, the festival doesn't measure up to internationally known siblings such as Newport or Montreux - not that Playboy even tries (only by the most generous definition could some of the past weekend's acts, like Ozomatli, Sharon Jones and Robin Thicke, ever be considered "jazz")
June 14, 2012
For the record, 11:50 a.m., June 14 : This item states that the Playboy Jazz Festival takes place on Friday and Saturday. The actual days are Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17. A two-day celebration of jazz and the many sounds in its orbit, the 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival delivers its typical eclectic lineup, headed by jazz heavyweights including the Christian McBride Big Band, the Cookers, Grammy winner Terri Lyne Carrington and...