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John Heard has worked almost constantly in the jazz world, for over four decades appearing on over 150 albums and working with Benny Carter, Rashan Roland Kirk, Hampton Hawes, Tete Montoliu, Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Cal Tjader, Willie Bobo, the Gerald Wilson Big Band, Freddie Hubbard, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Milt Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Ahmad Jamal, Kenny Burrell, the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabakin Big Band, the Louis Bellson Big Band, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Art Pepper, George Cables, Harold Land, Frank Morgan, Dexter Gordon, Pharaoh Sanders and others. John is an accomplished jazz bassist and visual artist whose works display a mastery of form and improvisation. He began playing the bass at the age of fourteen and while still in High School in Pittsburgh at the age of sixteen he began his professional career in a band with Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Booker Ervin on sax, J.C

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Article: Extended Analysis

Unreleased Art: Volume 9 - Art Pepper & Warne Marsh At Donte's, April 26, 1974

Read "Unreleased Art: Volume 9 - Art Pepper & Warne Marsh At Donte's, April 26, 1974" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


When any previously unheard Art Pepper is released, the event bears a bit of context. Laurie Pepper's Volume 9 addition to her Unreleased Art series is the 3-CD box Art Pepper & Warne Marsh at Donte's April 26, 1974. It contains music from late in Pepper's fallow period between the releases of Intensity (Contemporary, 1960) and ...

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Article: Interview

Al Jarreau: Simple and Necessary Happiness

Read "Al Jarreau: Simple and Necessary Happiness" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan


There are very few jazz greats that make people who love this music smile in awe while witnessing their beautiful talent. Jazz is larger than life, and they all contribute to its greatness every day, whether it is from a small stage in the Village in New York, or from some old record, spinning while popping ...

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Article: Live Review

Denise Donatelli and Janis Mann at Charlie O's, May 20, 2011

Read "Denise Donatelli and Janis Mann at Charlie O's, May 20, 2011" reviewed by Chuck Koton


Denise Donatelli Charlie O's Van Nuys, CA May 20, 2011 The Los Angeles area is blessed with the presence of many talented vocalists--drawn, no doubt, by both the Mediterranean climate and the abundance of studio work. In May, a pair of transplanted East Coast songbirds, Denise Donatelli and Janis Mann, warbled their ...

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News: Performance / Tour

July Jazz at Charlie O's

July Jazz at Charlie O's

Come to Charlie O's for a birthday celebration for our own John Heard on the 3rd, a birthday celebration for Tom Ranier on the 13th, Sax Liberation Day with the Saxtet on the 29th. Listen to some Latin Jazz with the Jimmy Branly Quartet on the 28th, enjoy the Pinky Winters Quartet on the 22nd and ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Liberation Frequencies

Liberation Frequencies

Independence Day weekend has always been good for John Phillip Sousa but bad for jazz. Seems everyone is out picnicking and watching fireworks or at least drinking and playing with sparklers and not in the clubs, so we were pleasantly surprised to see such a strong run of stuff this week. Let's start with tenor Rickey ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Legendary John Heard Returns to Charlie O's

Legendary John Heard Returns to Charlie O's

John Heard has worked almost constantly in the jazz world, for over four decades appearing on over 150 albums. Heard's bass line has been the back bone working with Benny Carter, Rashan Roland Kirk, Hampton Hawes, Tete Montoliu, Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Cal Tjader, Willie Bobo, the Gerald Wilson Big Band, Freddie Hubbard, Count Basie, Sonny ...

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Article: Live Review

Summertime Jazz: Still Alive and Swingin' in Los Angeles

Read "Summertime Jazz: Still Alive and Swingin' in Los Angeles" reviewed by Chuck Koton


When the news hit that the Jazz Bakery's last shows (at least at its Culver City location) would take place at the end of May, I feared that a bleak summer lay ahead for Angeleno jazz lovers. Even the reassurances and optimism of the Bakery's long-time director, Ruth Price, about reopening at a new site, did ...

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News: Recording

Lew Tabackin - Rites of Pan

Lew Tabackin - Rites of Pan

Available for the first time on CD, Inner City Records is proud to announce the re-release of Lew Tabackin's 1977 album Rites of Pan. This album showcases Lew in a small group format, and is the first album on which he played exclusively flute. He is joined by Toshiko Akiyoshi on piano, who wrote two of ...

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News: Performance / Tour

"Charlie O's is the Best Jazz Club in L.A." -Clint Eastwood

"Charlie O's is the Best Jazz Club in L.A." -Clint Eastwood

JULY JAZZ at CHARLIE O's Charlie O's is the coolest place to be for the hottest jazz this July. We celebrate our own John Heard’s birthday with a big celebration on the 3rd, a birthday party for Slyde Hyde on the 5th, a birthday celebration for Ron Jones on the 12th with his 22 ...


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