Last Wednesday, Bill Cosby announced that the 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival will be his last as emcee; Cosby has fronted the event since 1979, missing only 1985, 2005 and Day Two of 2004. If this is…
Richard S. Ginell
One-shot concert became an annual hit
Esperanza Spalding is one extravagantly gifted young woman. She has stage presence, sings well, plays electric and acoustic double bass like a demon, writes and arranges most of her own material, has…
Philip Glass's Ninth Symphony was played on the West Coast for the first time Thursday night with a celebrated fellow graduate from the minimalist school, John Adams, leading the co-commissioning Los…
Multi-star bands like Quincy Jones' Global Gumbo All-Stars, Spectrum Road and the Cookers highlight the 34th edition of the Playboy Jazz Festival, set for June 16-17 at Hollywood Bowl.
At last, Ravi Shankar fans were rewarded for their patience and perseverance, for the road to this concert was long and torturous.
It's doubtful that anyone else could assemble the kind of cast that Quincy Jones did for a long-overdue retrospective of his improbable career at Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night.
Looking at the classical CD business in 2011, some may wonder whether there still is a classical CD business.
Blue Note. The two words resonate in music theory -- an ever-so-slightly flatted third that gives a blues tune its bluesy color -- and in recording history, a record label that for decades set the…
Joni Mitchell's Hollywood Bowl program came through as subdued, relaxed and even melancholic ambience.
What is global soul? Rickey Minor, in league with Stevie Wonder and a wildly diverse lineup of nine acts from here, there and everywhere, tried to deal with that question in a big, potentially…