A reminder that Pinocchio’s Italian restaurant in Pasadena, on north Lake, has been featuring jazz for a long time. On the first Saturdays of the month it’s guitarist Scott Detweiler performing. On the second Saturday of the month catch the Donovan-Muradian group. This is a terrific jazz group who have guests dropping by to play straight ahead jazz. No cover and the food is very good. It’s a great jazz destination....
Also in the Pasadena area; The Barkley features jazz every Sunday, from 9-11pm. No cover…We also heard that Edwin Mills, located in an alley in Old Town also has jazz on tap. Sorry, we have no details on these places but it’s easy to check out in Pasadena’s weekly newspaper or online....
These are new CDs which feature L.A. based musicians: Drummer Peter Erskine and the Dr. Um Band, Second Opinion features John Beasley on keyboards, Bob Sheppard on saxes and flutes, Benjamin Sheppard on basses and Peter Erskine on drums and percussion. The material was composed by Erskine and Beasley, except for Victor Young’s “Street of Dream,” Henry Mancini’s “Dreamsville” and “Willow Weep For Me” by Ann Ronell…Erskine is also releasing Peter Erskine New Trio In Praise of Shadows which features Vardan Ovsepain-keyboards, Damian Erskine-electric bass and guests Artyom Manukyan on cello and Judd Miller whistles on one track. Ovsepian arranged all the material, which was influenced by Japanese elements. Some might recognize the pop tune “Sukiyaki” which was heard back in the 1960’s. Check out these CD/s which were created by our local heroes….
Jonathan Karrant live at the Purple Room
in Palm Springs
Song-stylist Jonathan Karrant returns to the stage at the Purple Room to weave his magic with his warm and rich soulful voice as he performs an evening of "Songs From the Heart". "Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get only with what you are expecting to give which is everything" (Katharine Hepburn) And that is just what Jonathan does with this musical journey of love songs.
Jonathan's album, "On and On" hit #4 in jazz charts. He has received honors thoughout the states including; the 2014 New York City Jazz Cabaret Honors and, in 2015, he was voted "Best Singer" for the Bravo California Awards. Also, in 2016 Jonathan was named one of the top 12 rising jazz vocalists in New York. He has study the art of performance under the direction of Marilyn Maye and Kurt Elling.
"A voice, romantic without being cloying, warm but not forced, Karrant carries these songs with an emotional weight that make it seem at times as if he had written them himself. Just listen to his jazzy makeover of the Beatles' eternally beautiful "In My Life" and hear the yearning in his singing." -Jazz Corner
"Jonathan Karrant works straight out of the American songbook with a level of manly confidence and jazz suave and bonhomie that was patented by Mel Torme himself." -The Reader magazine
Friday, February 10th, 2017
Dinner: 6:30pm Showtime: 8:00pm
Located at: Purple Room
1900 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Phone: (760) 322-4422