Been There Done That
Date Venue Location Tickets
A Lou Rawls tribute Jan. 18th Typhoon SantaMonica Jay Jackson, Paul McDonald's Big Band, Les McCann and myself, Lee Hartley
| Dates 2015
THE INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF MUSIC
Amazing Photos of our Nov. 5th Les McCann Day Event.
Les McCann - Keys and Vocals
John Bolivar - Sax and Flute
Bob Magnuson - Bass
Allan Phillips -Keys and Congas
Duncan Moore - Drums
Lee Hartley - Vocals and Tambourine
Lee and Les McCann
88.3 Jazz Radio Fundraiser
Lafayette Hotel San Diego
5pm to 7:30 pm
Lee's Jazz Duo
October Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd
Every 1st Friday and Saturday of the month
Morongo Casino Cielo Restaurant upstairs
Cabazon, Ca. 92230
7PM to 10PM
800 252 4499 ext. 6
October Saturday 10th
Lee with Jimmy McConnell and his 16 piece Big Band
Owner NY Jets - Seth Cartwright
The Cork Bar and Grill
The Cork (Formerly The Townhouse)
6835 La Tijera Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90045
310 410 9200
5 PM to 8 PM
Lee with Ted Herman's Big Band
October 11th and every Sunday
2 shows - Lee's on at 6 PM
5:45 pm Dance lessons
The Indian Wells Resort Hotel Hwy 111
Indian Wells, Ca. 92210
760 345 6466 Cover charge
Lee with Ladd McIntosh and his Big Band
October 31st Halloween
September 23rd, 2015
Jimmy Maks Jazz Club
Les McCann's 80th Birthday Celebration Gig
An All Star Tribute to Howard Rumsey with
∂r. Les McCann &
Lee Hartley's Band of All Stars. At the Sheraton LAX
Dr. Les McCann
Dr. Abraham Laboriel, Sr
Protégé Christopher Astoquillca
Stars are aligned to Shine.
3 to 4pm Grand Ballroom
The Sheraton LAX
6101 West Century Blvd
Tickets 562 200 5477
May 09, 2015 Lee Hartley at Lyric Theater, KY
Celebrating Les McCann receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kentucky.
Sundays 6 to 8 PM Indian Wells Resort Hotel 760 356 7466 ext. 7584
Hwy 111 Indian Wells, Ca Lee Hartley with Ted Herman's Big Band Starting Feb 15th
every Sunday except the 2nd Sunday of the month
Feb 6,7,14 7 to 10 PM Morongo Casino
Cielo Restaurant upstairs
Feb 8 1 PM Soho Jazz Club
Santa Barbara, Ca
Dec 7 6 to 8 PM Indian Wells Resort Hotel 760 356 7466 ext. 7584
Dec 28 Hwy 111 Indian Wells, Ca Lee Hartley with Ted Herman's Big Band
Dec 17 9:15 to 10:15 PM Caffè Vivaldi http://caffevivaldi.com/
32 Jones Street Lee Hartley and The Joe Alterman Band
Greenwich Village, NY 10014
Dec 20th 6 to 7:30 PM Cornelia Street Cafe http://corneliastreetcafe.com/
29 Cornelia Street Lee Hartley and The Joe Alterman Band
Greenwich Village, NY 10014
Jul 12 Typhoon Santa Monica Airport 310-390-6565 reservation
9:30 PM & 11:30 PM $15.00 cover
May 31 The Lyric Theatre Les McCann's Home town Lee Hartley and Les McCann
Lexington, KY The Les McCann School For the Arts Celebration
05 Oct Radisson, LAX Los Angeles No Cover
310-670-9000 6225 W. Century Blvd
Living Legend Les McCann, World Renown Alphonse Mouzon on drums, Llew Matthews who was Nancy Wilson's Musical conductor, Larry Holloway from Ernestine Anderson's Band will all Join Lee for this Rare event at the Radisson LAX Event. Make your reservations. 7:30 & 9:15 Shows No Cover / 3 hour Free Parking ~ PLEASE SEE MORE INFORMATION BELOW ~
Oct 6th - Indian Wells Hotel $10 Cover
Oct 18 Touring Lexington, KY
See Flyers Below for details!
DON'T MISS THIS SHOW!
Oct 19 Touring Cincinnati, Ohio
Honoring Les McCann
Oct 25 Jimmy Maks Portland, OR
Oct 26 Touring Bend, OR
Oct 27 Indian Wells Resort Ted Herman's Big Band
Nov 03 Indian Wells Resort Ted Herman's Big Band
Dance Lessons 5:15
Big Band Shows 6-8 PM
Nov 09 Vitello's See Flyer Below for details!
DON'T MISS THIS AMAZING SHOW!
Nov 17 Indian Wells Resort Ted Herman's Big Band
Nov 24 Indian Wells Resort Ted Herman's Big Band
Dec 31 Typhoon Santa Monica Airport 310-390-6565 reservation
list of past tour dates, photos, reviews, and promos
Live Jazz: The Paul McDonald Big Band, Les McCann, Lee Hartley
and Jay Jackson at Typhoon
By Don Heckman
Monday night was a great night for jazz at Typhoon. As it often is in the open spaces of this warm and amiable club on the fringe of Santa Monica Airport. I’d often intended to show up for one of the room’s frequent Monday night big band programs but never quite got around to it.
Not until last Monday night, that is, when my good friend Norton Wright, who has done some reviewing for iRoM, convinced me that I should write about the Paul McDonald Big Band in performance at Typhoon.
I was further convinced when I saw that the program would also include a set by the incomparable Les McCann and his frequent companion, singer Lee Hartley. The deal was locked when Norton and his wife Suzy picked us up and did all the driving.
An up front table (maybe 5 or 6 feet from the saxophones in the McDonald Band), provided plenty of good angles for Faith’s camera work. Add to that the feeling of nostalgia I experienced, so close to the saxophone section. Inevitably, it called up memories of the years I spent, from late teens to my early twenties, playing in similar (if not nearly as adept) saxophone sections.
But the musical pleasures of the McDonald Band reached way beyond nostalgia, from note one to the final coda. Whether they were generating roaring, full ensemble shouts, articulate exchanges of riffs between sections, or featuring hard swinging, inventive individual soloing.
Big band nights are not hard to find in Los Angeles, usually featuring a line up of prime players – their presence and their skills reflecting the high quality of Southland players – whether well known or not. The McDonald Big Band is no exception. Seated up close it was easy for me to focus on their accuracy, musicianship, ensemble togetherness and collective sense of swing.
The Band’s performance was further enhanced by McDonald’s arrangements, which captivated the best of the ensemble’s qualities. Starting with a full range of colorful charts, McDonald led his players through a set that never stopped filling Typhoon’s wide spread room with all that’s great about big band jazz.
The McDonald Big Band reached its peak with a gripping medley of music from the musical West Side Story arranged with meticulous care by McDonald. It was the musical high point of an evening with many memorable high points. At its best, McDonald’s West Side Story arrangement was an impressive example of the unlimited potential of big band jazz arrangements in the hands of writers such as MacDonald, Bill Holman, Johnny Mandel and many others. I’ve always felt that the big jazz band was the American symphony orchestra of the 20th and 2st century, an instrumentation that continues to possess limitless creative potential, when placed in the right hands.
The McDonald set also dedicated a part of the program to a celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Singer Jay Jackson led the way, joining the McDonald players with a swinging mixture of rhythm and song. Jackson’s versatility was present in a full selection of tunes, from blues to ballads. In some of the best moments in the set, he came together with the band in dynamic passages vividly reminiscent of Joe Williams with the Basie band.
And the evening’s performance ended, perfectly, with a brief set from Les McCann and singer Lee Hartley. McCann sang from a wheel chair, but there was no reduction in his ability to play a keyboard or sing a song, And his last tune, inevitably, was his classic “Compared To What.” Partnering with Hartley and her gorgeous, soaring voice, he easily persuaded the audience to join in the repetitions of the song’s familiar chorus.
Les McCann sings with Lee Hartley and the Paul McDonald Big Band
It was the perfect ending for a memorable night of music. So memorable that we’ll soon be making many return visits to Typhoon, with its amiable vibe, its Island cuisine and its great jazz.