Transcendent Jazz in the North
WAYNE SHORTER – a couple of corrections from his brief RIP last week. I forgot to mention that he was also a gifted composer (Footprints, Speak No Evil). He was known mainly for his tenor saxophone and occasionally played soprano but not alto.
CHARLES LLOYD 85TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION – It will be sooooo good. Lloyd is simply a melodic and creative master of the saxophone, a giant among the big names of the golden age of the horn, having disappeared for more than a decade but has come back stronger than ever. His two trios are just incredible. Lloyd AND pianist Gerald Clayton TOGETHER? It really doesn’t get much better than this. Sat, 8:00 pm, The Soraya, Northridge, $36-86,
HOT CLUB LOS ANGELES. Virtuoso, sometimes dizzying Hot Club-style 1930s gypsy swing jazz is not found anywhere else, and even if it was, it could not be so good. This show costs 50 bucks and is worth waiting for a whole year. These guys are masters, individually and collectively. You will find it hard to stop smiling all night. Mon, 9:00 pm, Cinema Bar, Culver City, no cover.
EM: Come see what you’ve been missing, one of the most talented and versatile performers in the whole damn incredibly talented city of angels. The best shows don’t always take place in arenas and trendy clubs, and you don’t always get what you pay for. Sometimes you get a lot more. This lady puts on a hell of a show. Tue, 9:30 pm, Harvelle’s, $10.
TODAY! – BOB MARLEY ONE EXPERIENCE OF LOVE – That’s why I recommend this exhibit, which I haven’t seen yet. Many Americans still don’t understand this, but Bob Marley was one of the greatest performers and musicians (no, not his guitar, his compelling, hypnotic, otherworldly vocal instrument)…ever. And his Wailers were phenomenal musically and his songs are considered some of the best. It is no coincidence that he was also an influential spiritual and political leader throughout the world.
Roger Steffens of Silverlake, the world’s biggest authority on Marley, if not reggae itself, tours every weekend at 1 and 3 o’clock, and he wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t. He cautions that this only applies to the “Island (label) years”, but that’s what most people are familiar with. Thu-Sun-Wed 11:00-20:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-22:00, Mon-Tue 11:00-17:30, Ovation Hollywood, $20-70.
PICASSO AT LAPIN AGILE” – I always knew that magic emanated from the Ruskin stage, and despite launching with a two-hour notice, at night when it was pouring rain, it seemed like they did it again. The shows are selling out. However, take into account that their reputation for excellence precedes them and that they have offered few shows over the last few years of COVID and we are missing a good Ruskin theatre. It also doesn’t hurt that this is an absurdist comedy about Einstein hanging out with Picasso in a Parisian cafe when they were both “relatively” unknowns, and it was written by this lovable and very talented goon Steve Martin. Fri, Sat 8:00 pm, Sun 2:00 pm, Ruskin Group Theater, Santa Monica Airport, $20-35.
TOLEDO DIAMOND – A unique, exciting, first-class number. There is nothing like it, it is the art of high performance and great fun. Degeneracy is seldom so well disciplined. Sun 9:30 pm Harvelle’s Santa Monica $12
LA FIL, DVORAK – I was hoping to catch something under the control of a rising star Susanna Mälkki and this program sounds amazing. Dvořák is an unusual and perhaps little-known composer who draws inspiration from the folk traditions of his homeland, and his inspired Slavic Dances may amaze you. Other part sounds equally sensual. When asked to describe Felipe Lara’s “Double Concerto” after the first rehearsal, Grammy-winning jazz vocalist and bassist Esperanza Spaulding called it “magical interdimensional space music”, while her partner Claire Chase is armed with a traditional flute and its double bass version, nicknamed “Big Bertha”. . Next Thursday, 8:00 pm, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, $55-190.
NEAREST ATTRACTIONS: RASKIN GROUP THEATER, PICASSO ON LAPIN EGIL, 3/17, 24, 25, 26, 31, 4/1, 2; TOLEDO DIAMOND, Harvelle’s, 3/19, 26, 4/2, 9, 16, 23, 30; HOT CLUB OF LOS ANGELES, Cinema Bar, 3/20, 27, 4/3, 10, 17, 24; EM, Harvelle’s, 3/21, 28, 4/4, 11, 18, 25; LA PHIL, SIBELIUS, TCHAIKOVSKY, Disney Hall, 3/30, 31; DEAD CAN DANCE, Greek Theatre, 4/1; HERBY HANCOCK, 4/2 Disney Hall; MUSE, Crypto.com Arena, 4/6; LA PHIL, SIBELIUS, BRAHMS, 4/7, 8; LIBRARY GIRL, Ruskin Theatre, 4/9; RICK SHI, Kinobar, 4/13; BLONDE, Greek Theatre, 4/19; IGGI POP, Regent, 4/20, Palladium 4/27; WILLY NELSON 90, Hollywood Bowl, 4/29, 30.
Charles Andrews listened to a wide variety of music, including over 3,000 live performances. He lived in Santa Monica for 37 years and would not live anywhere else in the world. Really. Send him love and/or reproach [email protected]
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