Lee Prosser

Lee Prosser

The Steve Turre Sextet descended on the Pabst Theatre stage and delivered an evening of jazz not soon to be forgotten. Plentiful were the reasons that made this a memorable show. Articulate and infectious describes both the music and Mr. Turre's commentary between numbers. An All-Star band flexed their musical muscles throughout two sets of hard-driving jazz. Extremely democratic leading the band, Turre may have spent less time soloing than anyone else in the group. Everyone took multiple solos,
Musicians of 13 different nationalities, within a total of 28 bands, performed at the annual Jazz à Liège at the Palace of Congress Center in Liège, Belgium. Headlining the 2-day event was Scott Hamilton, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Charles Lloyd, the W.D.R. Big Band with blues guitarist, Robben Ford, and Jeanne Lee with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra.

Straight ahead, swinging and always fresh, Scott Hamilton took the stage with Brian Lemon piano, Dave Green - double bass and Steve Brown drums. I was a

Dee Dee Bridgewater has the jazz world standing on its ears. With the passing of many grand dames of jazz such as Ella and Sarah, and her credited Grammy award-winning CD Dear Ella in 1998, Dee Dee Bridgewater is becoming a legend in her own time. With gracious charm and a synergy all her own, Dee Dee captures the essential core of jazz, delighting audiences with imaginative vocal explorations. Such was the case at Jazz à Liège.

Some spectators traveled hours just to see her perform and they

It's a World-Music world these days, as musical influences from around the globe permeate and expand the genres of jazz, pop, rock, blues and everywhere else, and the du Maurier International Jazz Festival Vancouver is never one to lag behind.

The always adventurous programming ears of Artistic Director Ken Pickering have lead him to seek out the new sounds and cutting edges of jazz as they're making their way into the musical stream, and he often books them long before they've broken big. (C

Amidst the splendor and power of the Hawaiian island of Maui, perched royally on Kaanapali Beach, jazz entrepreneurs John and Rebecca Rozenberg set a stage once again by bringing the ultimate jazz festival to aficionados from around the world. May 27th and 28th, 2000 saw the Maui Music Festival kick off once again with headliners Nestor Torres, Norman Brown, David Benoit, Peter White, Scott Wilkie, Acoustic Alchemy, Dave Koz and Jeffrey Osborne packing two days of solid, smooth vibes into the ag
The North Sea Jazz Festival (NSJF) in The Hague, Netherlands is the largest indoor jazz festival in the world. Within these walls, where Miles, Mingus, Blakey, Dizzy, Duke and Ella all performed, North Sea's 25-year history is a celebration of a century of great jazz performances. More importantly, North Sea breathes new life into jazz, not only presenting the old and trusted, but the avant garde as well. It is this spirit that keeps jazz alive and moving. The most amazing thing is the realizati
Jimmy Smith and his quartet offered a rousing wrap-up Sunday night to their week-long stint at Catalina’s. The Jimmy Smith Quartet has the supreme confidence of musicians who’ve been playing for 40-plus years. These guys don’t have to practice anymore -- they know their instruments so well that they can just play.

Unfortunately, the audience didn’t get to hear much of Jimmy Smith’s renowned organ playing, as he spent most of his time wisecracking and left the solos (except a few five-second t


Oregon at the Bakery

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The members of Oregon may be getting older and balder, but this band’s music is still as fresh as it was 30 years ago. The four musicians (three of them original members) have an obvious joy for their unique jazz style, and they continually develop new sounds. This week, May 9-14, Oregon played at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City.

It’s inevitable that Oregon be compared with easy-listening jazz, due to the instrumentation (heavy on the soprano sax) and the optimistic, relaxed sensibility of the

The Plas Johnson trio played May 27th and 28th at the Jazz Spot in Los Feliz, with special guest Herman Riley joining in on Saturday night. Johnson and Riley dueled on their tenor saxes with a range of blues and jazz standards. The audience enjoyed the old-time blues sax sound with the organ shivering underneath it, and clapped and called out, "take it, Plas!" and "tell me 'bout it!"

Riley complements Johnson nicely; he knows how to play just behind the beat to make it really swing. This subt


Bill Watrous Quartet

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Bill Watrous brought his trombone and his quartet Shelly Berg (piano), John Leitham (bass), and Randy Drake (drums) to the Jazz Spot April 21st and 22nd for a wonderfully varied, virtuosic performance. Standards such as "You Don’t Know What Love Is" led into originals such as "El Cajon," a spoof on Johnny Mandel’s tribute to Al Cohn. The quartet served up both "Girl From Ipanema" and "Close Enough for Love" in a uniquely happy double-time.

In slower ballads, Watrous reveled in a mellifluous l