| Feb 6, 2011
Wynton Marsalis is explaining jazz to me by talking about my boots. He is coming to Walt Disney Concert Hall this weekend to play his ambitious new composition, "Swing Symphony," with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But before we get into musical details,...
| Aug 18, 2010
| 2:22 PM
For all of you summer lovers, at last you have been able to revel in the heat. The beginning of the week was exactly as August should be — HOT!
Last Saturday night a sliver of a moon shone brightly with the planet Jupiter twinkling nearby, when...
| Sep 14, 2010
| 10:17 AM
In 33 years of covering music for the Tribune — first as a freelancer and then as a staffer — I've chronicled great performances across the city and around the world.
Many are covered in my newest book, “Let Freedom Swing: Collected...
| Feb 23, 2011
| 1:49 PM
Once, jazz was primetime. While it is still in downtown New York — if you've got $80 for a one-hour set — in many places jazz's happiest homes are on off-nights: Mondays, Wednesdays and, most consistently, the Sunday brunch. Well, next time...
| Jul 17, 2011
Living in Los Angeles, one of the early joys of summer is running down the schedule at the Hollywood Bowl. Probably the most famed venue on the West Coast, the Bowl's sprawling, woodsy confines and nearly 18,000-person capacity can transform mere concerts...
| Aug 19, 2011
| 11:16 AM
When John Jorgenson, a laid-back, soft-spoken Californian who lives in Nashville, picks up a guitar, he can chicken pick, string together long, staccato Gypsy Jazz lines or rack up chorus after face-melting chorus of rock and blues licks like few other...
| Nov 23, 2011
Before she heads to DC to perfrom a free concert on November 23 at 6pm at the Kennedy Center - hip hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari hopped on the "Dunkin DOnuts studio on the run to talk about her realizing her dream after moving from Israel to the US and about...
| Oct 3, 2011
| 7:47 AM
Last week I was fortunate to go to the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Wichita Orpheum. The first thing I noticed that I had not heard at a concert in a long time is how the band was not blowing out speakers, pumping the...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 8:14 AM
NEW YORK — For a day or a weekend sparkling with the season's spirit, there's no topping the Big Apple, with a twinkling Norway spruce towering over the ice-skating rink at Rockefeller Center, story-telling department store windows and the...
| Sep 28, 2009
| 4:33 PM
If mainstream jazz has what could be considered an ambassador in 2009, it's Wynton Marsalis. A member of jazz royalty practically from the moment he could hold a horn, Marsalis rolled into the sprawling Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on......
| Oct 27, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Bill Cosby received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center last night. Among those on hand to salute the multitalented Cosby were comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Sinbad and Dick Gregory. Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson...
| Dec 19, 2008
The first weekend roster includes :
Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, Earth Wind & Fire, Wilco, Spoon, Erykah Badu, Irma Thomas, Orishas, Third World, Robert Cray, Etta James & the Roots Band, Mavis Staples, Drive-By...