January 7, 1998 |
So what else is new? The Grammy jazz nominations follow a familiar pattern of making safe choices, largely chosen from the major label lineup of Blue Note, Verve, Columbia, Warner Bros., RCA, JVC, GRP and Concord. Within this context, the best contemporary performance category again presents some of the strongest selections, with albums from Randy Brecker, Lee Ritenour, Patrice Rushen, Joe Sample and Grover Washington Jr. Very little smooth jazz there.
November 30, 1986
Who still in this age gives real value for money? In an April 6 article describing Scotland's Age of Enlightenment and the Edinburgh Festival, writer Elisabeth Inglis quoted the U.K. Scottish Connection's name, run by Margaret Reilly. We contacted them direct and enjoyed one of our best vacations ever. Being met at Edinburgh Airport was so reassuring. Our four-day, three-night tour of Scotland's capital city, surrounding countryside, beautiful castles and gardens was a dream come true.
January 30, 1995 |
Welcome to the most insincere commercial endeavor since the Hallmark Card, the inglorious celebration that signals the decline of Western civilization. The NFL's frivolous finale somehow has inched its way into the collective American consciousness like a national holiday. As tradition would have it, the game was a turkey. Leading up to Sunday's XXIXth edition wasn't much better with a marked increase in pimping of all sorts of products, gizmos and promotions.
July 30, 1988 |
Denny Zeitlin, one of more unusual hyphenates (psychiatrist-pianist) in town this weekend, opened a three-night stint at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood on Thursday evening with a first set that was as close to perfect as one could hope to find. Working in a trio with bassist Joel DiBartolo and drummer Peter Donald, Zeitlin showed himself to be a deft talent in a variety of jazz modes.
August 14, 1989 |
Playing for a full house liberally sprinkled with admiring fellow pianists, Tommy Flanagan opened Friday (and closed Sunday) at the Loa. At 59, Flanagan has reached a level of acceptance as the musicians' musician. His professorial mien belies his often bop-directed style, understated yet always authoritative. He leans toward lesser-known songs mainly by the be-bop pioneers: J. J.
July 9, 1992 |
The First Family of jazz continues to spread its wings. Tuesday at Catalina, making its initial appearance outside New Orleans, the Delfeayo Marsalis sextet, which continues through Sunday, made its bow. A key figure in the 27-year-old trombonist's support group is the drummer, Jason Marsalis, 15, Delfeayo's youngest brother. Just as surely as brother Wynton drew his main inspiration from Miles Davis, Delfeayo found his chief influence in J.J. Johnson, the father of modern jazz trombone.
December 15, 1986 |
At best, things were a bit difficult to figure out Friday evening at the Wiltern Theater as "Jazzvisions," a jazz video series by Jack Lewis and Lorimar-Telepictures, concluded taping with a program promising the "Jazz Souls" of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" and the Roaring '20s as conceived by arranger Bill Potts. Featuring a 21-man all-star band conducted by composer Johnny Mandel, the program provided plenty of "Porgy and Bess" and nothing of the Roaring '20s.
January 1, 1990 |
Closing out the old year with appropriate brio, Catalina's presented over the weekend the inspiring trio of pianist Cedar Walton, augmented by the tenor saxophone of Harold Land. Never one to pull punches, Walton opened his first set Friday with his vivid perennial "Cedar's Blues," spinning myriad variations at uptempo on the age-old 12-bar pattern. Drummer Billy Higgins, a Walton regular, showed his customary wit and alacrity in a series of nimble breaks.
September 2, 1989 |
The appearance of Wayne Henderson's All Stars at Birdland West Thursday night in Long Beach did not work out quite as advertised. The often-ephemeral Freddie Hubbard, listed as one of the All Stars in the club's August schedule, was nowhere to be seen; neither was bassist Wilton Felder, also announced. Nor was it clear whether guitarist Phil Upchurch and bassist Nathan East were replacements for Hubbard and Felder or were the players described in the schedule as "Surprise Artists."
August 2, 1988 |
The word must be getting out--as it should--that one of the most attractive summer venues for jazz is the bright and airy Times Mirror Central Court of the County Museum of Art. Sunday afternoon an overflow crowd showed up to hear the Gordon Brisker big band perform in the second of this year's program of free jazz concerts.