November 7, 1990 |
In many ways it was what you would call a jam session: fine players getting together to play tunes they've played millions of times. But what raised the level of pianist Terry Trotter's second set Monday at Sherman Oaks' Le Cafe from mundane to majestic was the exceptional quality of the musicians and their empathy for each other.
July 20, 1992 |
Trumpeter/singer Jack Sheldon doesn't exactly look like a jazz musician. A comedian, maybe, or possibly a bus driver or a bartender. But his eyes give him away. Performing at Maxwell's on Friday night, Sheldon had that loopy gaze, that sense of peering through space into another plane of reality that so often characterizes jazzmen at work.
October 22, 2001 |
Friday nights at Spazio in Sherman Oaks are quickly becoming a time to hear first-rate jazz piano performances. As with the attractive venue's Tuesday night guitar sessions, the Friday programs--which this month have already featured Gerald Wiggins and Mike Melvoin--offer the opportunity for a personal connection with the music-making process.
August 20, 1990 |
Larry Carlton is back and looking good. More than two years after he was shot in the neck by an unknown gunman, the guitarist shows no signs of the trauma he suffered in his voice and left arm. Any questions to the contrary were quickly dispatched at his Universal Amphitheatre concert Saturday night when Carlton opened his set with a whimsical, hard-swinging vocal on "Crazy Momma."
August 28, 1995 |
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That must be Natalie Cole's new motto if her performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday was any indication. In almost every detail it was a direct rewrite of her appearance last September at the Greek Theatre. The obvious question, of course, is: Does her act need fixing? And the answer is: In some respects no, in others, yes.
April 24, 2003 |
A couple of things are guaranteed to take place at any given performance by guitarist Larry Carlton: A good portion of the program will consist of blues, in a variety of forms. And everything will be delivered with a buoyant, upbeat sense of swing. On Tuesday, in his opening set at Catalina Bar & Grill, Carlton delivered on both counts, starting with a brisk minor blues and adding variations along the way.
August 22, 1990 |
Larry Carlton is back and looking good. More than two years after he was shot in the neck by an unknown gunman, the guitarist shows no signs of being hampered by the injuries to his voice and left arm. Any questions to the contrary were quickly dispatched at his Universal Amphitheatre concert Saturday night when Carlton opened his set with a whimsical, hard-swinging vocal on "Crazy Momma."
November 15, 1989 |
Jazz clubs go, like the recently-departed Loa in Santa Monica, but, thankfully, jazz clubs come, too. In particular, the very high-tech St. Mark's Hotel (23 Windward Ave., Venice), and the chatty, neighborhood-ish Drake's (330 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale), both of which have recently added jazz-based formats. St. Mark's, which opened about a month ago, is offering bands--mostly jazz but sometimes blues/rock--Wednesdays through Saturdays at 10 p.m.
January 1, 1996 |
A Salute to Nancy Wilson, held Friday at the Century Plaza hotel, honored the jazz-pop vocalist in the best possible way as a parade of fine singers displayed the song stylist's influence on their own styles while interpreting the material Wilson made famous over the years.
February 25, 1999
Celia Cruz has favored nightclubs such as the Conga Room and the House of Blues in recent years, but no small room could contain the pipes power represented by the salsa matriarch and the evening's co-star, Nuyorican diva India. The L.A. Sports Arena concert also features one of Latin pop's hot newcomers, Puerto Rican merengue singer Elvis Crespo. * Celia Cruz, India and Elvis Crespo, Los Angeles Sports Arena, 3939 S. Figueroa St., 8 p.m. $40. (213) 748-6136.