Edward Kane

Edward Kane

The Pike Bar & Fish Grill is a friendly neighborhood bar and restaurant located in my little corner of Long Beach. A nice, comfortable place to have a beer and eat seafood, with a great sign featuring a giant octopus and the establishment's name out front. I've always liked The Pike--it just doesn't happen to be a place where I expect to hear world-famous musicians live in person. Yet, that was exactly what happened last Saturday, when local legend Carlos Guitarlos and ex-Eric Clapton/Shakespear

The Marsalis family deserves its notoriety as a jazz dynasty. The four sons of the fine New Orleans pianist Ellis Marsalis represent a great generation of jazz musicians. But while they may have a fair claim as the first family of jazz, they aren't the music's first great family. Long before Wynton & Branford Marsalis made their mark as outstanding musicians, the brotherhoods of Percy, Jimmy and Albert ("Tootie") Heath and also Hank, Thad and Elvin Jones were already wel

29.01.2011

Guitar Boogie

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The Rockin' Blues Revue tour made its final stop at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The attractive lineup included three outstanding performers from different generations (and offering three different interpretations) of the blues. These were John Mayall, the Godfather of the British Blues, the jazz-inflected Robben Ford, and Eric Bibb, a modern acoustic blues player somewhat in the mold of Keb Mo and Taj Mahal. The local jaz
29.01.2011

Pat Metheny and....

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Pat Metheny's concert at Disney Hall in Los Angeles was billed as featuring a trio performance with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez and a quartet that added the wonderful saxophonist David Sanchez. The longer than two-hour, intermission-less concert included those permutations as well as a solo performance by the guitarist to open the show and a duet between Metheny and David Sanchez. All of the segments were musically brilliant, though as a matter of taste I imagine each m
29.01.2011

Come Ride With US

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The concert pairing of the 21st century editions of the Sun Ra Arkestra and the MC5 might at first glance strike some observers as a retro kind of gig. After all, the two groups do have a history of performing together that goes back to the late 1960s. Of course, I'm speaking of outside observers here; surely no one who was present at Royce Hall on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles when the DKT/MC5 and Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen touched d
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