The Best Jazz Concerts to See in L.A. This Month
Angel City Jazz Festival
LACMA, UCLA, Redcat, Ford Amphitheatre
The theme of the fifth annual Angel City Jazz Festival is "artists and legends" which might as well be the theme for L.A.'s whole jazz scene in October. Legendary L.A. trombonist Phil Ranelin hits LACMA on Friday night while guitarist Anthony Wilson reprises the awesome trio he put together at his Blue Whale residency last April (organist Larry Goldings, drummer Jim Keltner) on the 6th at the Redcat. The 7th sees a long-awaited return from saxophonist Archie Shepp as part of a four-band line-up at the Ford. The following weekend sees guitarist Bill Frisell (13th) and pianist Vijay Iyer (14th) at Royce Hall. A truly amazing lineup.
Tues, Oct 9th
The Bad Plus
Midwestern jazz trio the Bad Plus must love playing the Mint. And who wouldn't? But they could certainly fill a bigger venue than that if they wanted. Nonetheless the frenetic trio, who found success on a lot of college radio station playlists with their interpretations of the rock canon (Bowie, Pixies, Blondie), have been pushing their own challenging compositions lately and with great effect. Pianist Ethan Iverson is also a lightning rod for debate on his blog (Do The Math) which only adds to their interesting combination of academia and goofiness.
Thurs, Oct 11th
Steinway Piano Gallery
Consumate professional Alan Broadbent left Los Angeles for the Big Apple about a year and a half ago, depriving our city of a great arranger and lyrical pianist. He came back this summer to twirl the baton for Diana Krall's Hollywood Bowl appearance. For this show, however, the Jazz Bakery will provide him with a fine piece of furniture to lay down a solo set of standards and originals. Few people can tackle the great American songbook like Broadbent. Expect a set of hushed reverie and unmatched delicacy.
Sat, Sun, Oct 13, 14
John Daversa Small Ensemble
Local trumpeter John Daversa seems to be everywhere. His big band makes a monthly date at the Baked Potato while his smaller ensemble regularly pops up amid the muddled mint crowd at Seven Grand. For this weekend of shows, Daversa will be celebrating the release of his newest album, "Artful Joy," with his small ensemble that includes saxophonist Robby Marshall and drummer Gene Coye. Daversa can make any ensemble sound like a large ensemble with a richness that few can match. Plus he's not afraid to get into the strange, with his electric valve instrument.