From "Baby, Baby All The Time" to "Get Out Of Town" Wexler cut a wide swath, alternating jazzy hipness on the former and dusky counsel on the latter.
Without a doubt, the ability to stay on pitch is a gift that one is born with and Judy Wexler is unerring in this facet of her musicianship.
Julie Kelly and Denise Donatelli, t
Doug MacDonald has assembled a most interesting group of musicians with instruments not often heard in Jazz ensembles. This eclectic mix was obviously well thought out by MacDonald beca
There are many vocalists with certain attributes that enable them to perform acceptably, Kelly goes beyond this. The magical quality of Nancy Kelly lies in the fact that she has all of the aforementioned attributes, plus the intangibles that make her the "compleat" performer and arguably the top vocalist on
Donatelli's tone is crystal clear, the key is adhered to in every song, remarkably she never goes off pitch which makes for a relaxed lis
It was no surprise that "Bernie's Tune" kicked the festivities off, with Hall leading the way. Her blazing solo was a tribute that Mr. Mulligan would have been most appreciative of. He must have been bestowing his heavenly blessing on the proceedings, because this swing fest got off the ground in a hurry.
The Tenor Saxophone wa
On "Straight No Chaser" Saunders and Huffsteter set Monk's theme with a blazing unison display. On the 4 bar trades, Frank Collett's Piano and the trumpets parried with each other in playfu
There were more chops on the bandstand at Michael D's Santa Rosa Jazz Club last night than at Schwartz's Meat market in Pomona. Carl Saunders is the best Trumpet player in jazz today and Ron Stout ranks right up there with him.
Put these two together and you have a spellbinding duo that is simply beyond description.. Notes flew around this Camarillo Jazz spot like a snowstorm in Moscow.
Whether caressing a ballad with intimacy and sensuality or shifting into dead red with a blazing rendition of "It's Alrigh
Michael D's Santa Rosa Jazz Club, Camarillo, Ca. September 27-28.. Lenore Raphael..Piano, Chris Colangelo..Bass, Tim Pleasant..Drums.
September the 27th. was the anniversary of Bud Powell's birth, and Lenore Raphael's interpretation of the legendary Pianist's music was done with love and affection and swung nicely, despite occasional forays into Monk-isms. Raphael has a very strong style that can become reflective in an instant. Alluding to Mo