Edward Kane

Edward Kane

The Chick Corea Elektric Band's engagement last week at Catalina Bar & Grill was, as always, a popular ticket at the Hollywood venue. The keyboardist always played to a full house at the club's previous location, and the tables were just as full at Catalina's larger, new room; the only difference is that there seemed, thankfully to be more breathing room in between them. The Elektric Band offered this crowd a lengthy and challenging suite of songs from their ambitious new Stretch/Concord release
There are those artists who find a comfortable niche and work within it in for the better part of their productive lives. Others spend their careers seeking new sounds and means of expression. Which group does David Sanchez fit in? Well, consider this: his recent engagement at Boston's famed Regattabar was billed as a party celebrating the release of his latest CD Coral, but the show I saw featured compositions and arrangements that were even newer than that. The David Sanchez Quartet pla
The story of David "Honeyboy" Edwards reads like the history of the blues itself. Born in Shaw, Mississippi in 1915, he not only witnessed such originators of the Delta blues style Charley Patton firsthand but also performed as a young man with such historic players as Robert Johnson and "Big" Joe Williams. He was recorded by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1942 and has lived in Chicago for the last forty years. With each passing year Honeyboy's pre-eminence as a living master of the f
The 17th edition of the popular Long Beach Jazz Festival closed today on a successful and funky note with a veteran-heavy lineup including Roy Ayers, George Duke and Poncho Sanchez along with saxophonist Steve Cole, soulful crooner Kem, local legend Al Williams & the Jazz Society with Niki Haris and 2004 Jazz Search winner Julie Burrell. The annual three day event once again drew over 35,000 Jazz and R&B fans from all over Los Angeles County and Southern California to Rainbow Lagoon Park overloo
Today marks the long-awaited release of Karrin Allyson's latest CD, Wild For You. For most jazz lovers this will be the first opportunity to hear this new music, but several lucky fans here in Los Angeles were lucky enough to get a preview of her new material during her engagement at Catalina Bar & Grill in late May. Fronting a quintet consisting mainly of her long term bandmates, Ms. Allyson captivated the crowd with an enchanting mix of jazz standards, Brazilian ballads and songs from 1
For the last two weeks of April, and not for the first time, the Jazz Bakery in Culver City was the place to be in Los Angeles County if you wanted to hear world class jazz. From the 20th to the 25th the club hosted the great vocalist Andy Bey and his quartet in an all-too-rare California appearance, followed by a five day engagement with the mixture of grace and power that is the Larry Coryell Trio that began on April 27th. Both artists are touring behind particularly strong new releases and, w
Tonight was a special night at Clancy's Crab Shack in Glendale, one in which everyone had something to celebrate. The club was marking its first full year of presenting live jazz and reveled in presenting, in the person of legendary saxophonist James Moody, perhaps its most prestigious performer to date. For Moody & his wife Linda, it was an auspicious date as well, coinciding with their fifteenth wedding anniversary.

Moody, a young 79, leading a superb rhythm section consisting of such vete

There’s nothing quite like an evening of holiday music to get you into the spirit of the season and, if the musicians are as good as the Klezmer Conservatory Band and the setting as compelling as the breathtaking new Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles, it doesn’t even matter if the holiday that the music belongs to-in this case Chanukah-isn’t the exact same one that you are slated to celebrate. In fact, it just makes the night that much more memorable and exciting. The KCB’s Oy, Chanukah
Southern California is noted for its periods of craziness, and right now certainly seems to be one of them. Still trying to make sense of the tragicomedy of the statewide recall election and the ascendancy of the Governator, the Southland has been further challenged by strikes affecting the area’s largest grocers and public transit authority and, last but far from least, a series of wildfires that has taken lives, destroyed homes and devastated thousands of acres of forest in five different coun
Bay Area jazz singer Jennifer Lee recently came down to Los Angeles to give a performance celebrating the release of her debut CD J-Walkin' at Catalina's Bar & Grill. Leading a drummer-less trio, Ms. Lee's nearly two-hour set naturally highlighted numbers from that collection and was most interestingly included several bossa novas and folk songs sung convincingly in the original Portuguese. Rounding out the group quite capably were saxophonist Tripp Sprague, guitarist Steve Cotter and bas