Edward Kane

Edward Kane

The Long Beach Jazz Festival is an event remarkable for the way it involves and reflects the community it serves. It is not designed for jazz purists; popular artists are booked, players that can project a certain vibe and know how to create and sustain a good groove. The musical fare is heavy on smooth jazz, R&B and Latin jazz. The audience that turns out for the festival is down with that and, as the musicians booked are among the best those genres have to offer, anybody with an open mind, ear
Wayne Shorter stands as one of the living giants of jazz, a towering presence over the last half-century of the music both as a saxophonist and a composer. With his seventieth birthday coming on August 25th, a celebration entitled "Wayne Shorter: Life & Music" was held at the Hollywood Bowl as part of the Wednesday Night Jazz Series. Performing alongside Mr. Shorter were his working quartet--bassist John Patitucci, drummer Brian Blade and Danilo Perez on Piano--the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under
Southern California area fans of avant-garde improvised music received a rare treat on Monday night when New York reed player Rob Brown gave his first area solo performance on alto saxophone and flute, followed by the first public performance by the locally based free jazz trio of Dan Clucas, Henry Grimes and Rich West, the trio marking a further chapter in Mr. Grimes' incredible comeback story. The evening was part of the Line Space Line series curated by Chris Heenan and Jeremy Drake, a series
It is always a pleasure to spend a summer evening at the Hollywood Bowl, especially when that evening features three great blues singers with ties to Los Angeles. The Bowl’s annual jazz series kicked off on July 9th with a concert featuring Etta James, Keb’ Mo’ and Ernie Andrews, each with their own individual approach to the blues. While Los Angeles and Southern California may lack the blues cachet of, say, Chicago and the Mississippi Delta, you couldn’t tell that by the masterful performances
29.01.2011

Soul at the Bowl

Published in Concert Reviews
The 25th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival was held over a picture-perfect weekend in mid-June at the venerable Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Featuring a who’s who line-up of performers befitting the historic nature of both the event and venue, it is all the more remarkable-and encouraging-that one of the most engaging performances of the first day came from neo-soul singer Lizz Wright, two years younger at age 23 than the festival itself. Ms. Wright’s enchanting blend of jazz and soul grabbed the a
29.01.2011

Alto Madness

Published in Concert Reviews
The Frank Morgan & Sonny Fortune Quintet featuring George Cables is one of the more intriguing units currently on the road. Certainly any one of those names would jump out at you from the page of your local newspaper’s calendar section--Morgan, the legendary bop alto saxophonist and survivor, Fortune, the musical seeker whose fiery sax (this time an alto) has informed so many diverse projects through the years, and Cables, as good an accompanist as there is on piano--the presence of three such a
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