Edward Kane

Edward Kane

Since being founded in 1985, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra has earned the title of Southern California's premiere big band. Tonight's performance at the Ford Amphitheatre, nestled in the Hollywood Hills, marked the group's 20th anniversary. The program featured a variety of congratulatory notes for the group, including a full-page, four-color one from a Diana and Elvis, whoever they might be. And that wasn't the only cause for celebration on the evening; as Jeff Hamilton explained from the
If there is any truth to the old saw that you can judge a man by the company he keeps, then George Duke will come out alright. The veteran keyboardist headlined the final evening of the Hollywood Bowl's 2005 jazz series, a presentation entitled An Evening of Jazz Sophistication with George Duke & Friends. Among Mr. Duke's friends performing this evening: Billy Cobham, Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Airto Moriera, Dianne Reeves and Joe Sample. On hand
The 18th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival was held on the weekend of August 12th-14th, 2005 under clear skies in Rainbow Lagoon Park. The yearly event is presented by Rainbow Promotions, who really lived up to its name by bringing an international line-up of musically and culturally diverse artists to this year's edition. Featured performers included Japanese pianist Keiko Matsui, South African trumpet legend Hugh Masekela, the British groove-meisters Down to the Bone and a special tribute to Ame
Tony Bennett, at age 79, remains the leading vocal interpreter of the Great American Songbook. Performing a concert titled Tony Bennett: The Art of Song at the Hollywood Bowl, the great singer seemed as ageless as the wonderful tunes he delivered. Opening the proceedings was a small version of the Los Angeles Philharmonic with a short set of early 20th century jazz under the baton and trumpet of Jeff Tyzik.

The worlds of jazz and concert music at times intersect, and the LA Phil has sh

Tonight's entry in the Hollywood Bowl's 2005 Jazz Series was co-titled as An Evening With Concord Records and A 75th Birthday Tribute To Ray Charles. The cream of the label's roster of artists were on hand, performing three sets. The bands of Gary Burton and Poncho Sanchez were each featured individually, while The Concord All-Star Big Band closed the evening out with a tribute to Charles under the baton of Quincy Jones. All three sets featured a variety of special guests, includin

The Hollywood Bowl is a deservedly legendary summer institution, a beautiful natural amphitheater nestled in the Hollywood Hills where great music is the norm. Each year, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association puts together an eclectic lineup of shows presenting not only its own orchestra, but some of the greatest musicians in the world representing all types of music. The Bowl is a treasure not only for patrons of classical music, but for fans of all jazz, pop, rock and the plethora of sty

Watching Chicago Blues Reunion perform last weekend in Hollywood, a term from the film industry came to my mind: this is a high-concept group. An ensemble cast of players from legendary blues bands like the Electric Flag, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Siegel-Schwall band and the backing bands of such greats as Howlin' Wolf, Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan, the Reunion is also just that, a gathering of old friends from the Chicago blues scene of the early 1960s. That sense of camaraderie came throu
The music of Marta Gomez is honest in its beauty and directness and maybe just a little deceitful in its complexity, seeming simpler than it actually is. The Colombian singer and songwriter seems to be using simple forms and language to express the world around her, but there is an awful lot of craft going into it and, making their first West Coast appearance last month at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, it was obvious that she and her band play with tremendous technical ability. Their debut wa
A person’s 65th birthday is a special occasion; upon reaching such a milestone, a celebration is certainly in order. For some folks, turning 65 means an imminent retirement and the chance to finally get that senior discount at IHOP. Veteran soul singer and songwriter Leon Ware is a little different; having at last reached his golden years, not only is his career not winding down, it actually seems to be still gathering steam. His performance at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood on February 16th,
Jazz is sometimes referred to as American classical music, African-American classical music or some similarly tortured formulation. Of course, jazz ‘is’none of these things; jazz is jazz, and that really ought to be good enough. The form is its own unique entity, positioned in a place somewhere between popular music and concert music that allows its practitioners ample freedom to draw from either or both traditions. The second program in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2004-2005 Jazz at Walt Disn