| Jan 20, 2014
| 10:00 PM
You can't talk about drummer Matt Wilson without talking about swing, that pulse of jazz that's been his specialty on more than 250 recordings as a sideman. Reconvening his longtime quartet, Wilson again shines with some unexpected help in keyboardist...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 5:07 PM
Guitarist Jim Hall, an understated yet profoundly influential presence on jazz guitar, died in his sleep Tuesday morning at his New York City home. He was 83.
Hall, whose career began in the '50s as part of the West Coast jazz scene with Jimmy Giuffre...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 3:27 PM
I had the good fortune of moderating a fascinating panel called, "On the Road: Traveling for Music and Festivals" at the L.A. Time Travel Show on Saturday. My panelists (who will be joining me again at noon Sunday) were Betto Arcos, host of KPFK's "Global...
| Jan 19, 2014
There's nothing like attending a concert while traveling. Not only do you experience great music, but you also catch a glimpse of local fashion, dances, drinks and customs. And isn't experiencing life like the locals what traveling is all about? Here's...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 11:54 AM
A selection of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows that lie ahead:
Robert Hurst at the Blue Whale
A onetime member of "The Tonight Show" band who has also been a part of Diana Krall's touring group, Detroit bassist Robert Hurst has an eclectic, richly...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 1:29 PM
You can't talk about modern jazz without talking about Charlie Haden.
The bassist who forged a woodsy backbone for groundbreaking recordings with Ornette Coleman and later went on to found the jazz program at CalArts, Haden has been in poor health since...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The old man crouches over a Steinway in the hotel lobby, a lifetime of musical mementos stacked above the keyboard — photographs, news clippings, old albums and CDs for sale.
Joe Vento is a gray-haired showman, a gregarious self-promoter who's...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 8:00 AM
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here’s who they picked:
Kelela | Singer-songwriter
With its spacey textures and shape-shifting grooves, Beyoncé's self-...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 7:27 AM
Yusef Lateef, a Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator who brought the sounds of world music to jazz and became one of the first jazz musicians to convert to the teachings of Islam, has died. He was 93.
Lateef died Monday at...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 2:18 PM
Unlike many beat-scene producers, Flying Lotus takes his time between albums. That doesn't mean he's not making a ton of music in the interim, however.
Today, the L.A. electro-jazz savant posted a free zip file with several dozen outtakes, remixes...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 10:00 AM
Liza Bercovici suspected something was up when a student at Gabriella Charter School approached her last week and said, "Happy birthday tomorrow, Miss Liza." So it was not a surprise the next day when the school's 400-plus students sang "Happy Birthday"...