Jason Moran, in a Monkish mood @ CAP UCLA

“The horn is blowing according to what the drummer is playing, you know?” –Thelonious Monk to Hall Overton, 1959 Thelonious Monk’s 1959 Town Hall concert was an artistic landmark and a personal triumph for the iconoclastic pianist and composer. His pieces, conceived for the small ensemble format, had been orchestrated for the evening by the ...

REVIEW: Golden-voiced Jack Jones, a golden performer

Irvine Barclay Theatre, where we have enjoyed so many wonderful dance performances, hosted a super-special treat Saturday evening, a show by the master pop and jazz song stylist, Jack Jones. Jones was in his living room. A boffo performer, the guy settled into the theater’s intimate quarters with an ease and control that reflected his ...

Awake to the world, with Jacaranda

The onslaught of bad, breaking news has us numbed. Howling winds, gushing waters, marauding mass murderers, predators of pretty movie stars, all pummel our sensitive souls.  That’s where the artistic director of Jacaranda music has stepped into the breach. In launching AWAKE, Jacaranda’s 15th season, Patrick Scott is pushing back against the bad noise, and replacing ...

Don’t back down, Jason Aldean. With Tom Petty.


Motown magic to Malibu: Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves @ Pepperdine 1

It’s difficult to witness the decay of present-day Detroit and reckon that the city was a booming factory town in the 1960s. While Detroit’s auto manufacturers put America in the driver’s seat, Motown Records flooded dance floors and came as close to dominating Top 40 radio as any domestic record label in history. Berry Gordy, ...

Jack Jones: a lot of livin’ (and singin’) to do

Frank Sinatra called Jack Jones, “one of the major singers of our time.” Mel Torme said he is “the greatest ‘pure’ singer in the world.” George Chakiris who himself recorded four memorable albums at Capitol Records recently said, “He has a wonderful voice and he never stopped working on it. The last time I saw ...

The friendship of cowboy singers

Music · Visual arts
The arts “get to us” in so many different ways. There may be something about the turbulence of the past week, a time of saber-rattling, that has particularly touch our nation at the passing away of a gentle spirit named Glen Campbell. Here in Los Angeles, the Autry Museum of the American West issued a ...

Review: Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour, Hollywood Bowl 2012

editor’s note: Guest writer Richard Ginell contributes a Daily Variety review (published June 24, 2012) of the final concert at the Hollywood Bowl by Glen Campbell (1936 – 2017). One correction; “Ghost On The Canvas” would not be his last album; two more were to follow. Presented by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.Band: Glen Campbell (TJ ...

Mission: Possible! Lalo Schifrin 85th birthday concert 2

Film · Music
Musicians at Play, Music Fund Los Angeles, and Varèse Sarabande are honored to present Lalo Schifrin’s 85th Birthday Concert at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. The evening will be hosted by Robert Townson. Guest Conductor Chris Walden will lead an all-star big band in celebrating Lalo’s life, artistry, and esteemed body of work.  Lalo ...

1791 was a very good year, says the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Not loving 2017? The Los Angeles Philharmonic has a solution for that. Our symphony orchestra is offering a visit to Walt Disney Concert Hall — that’s already a nice escape — with an added fillip, the delicious prospect of traveling back in time. The year is 1791, the final one of Mozart’s life. It was ...