I’m very pleased to be joining LA guitarist Don MacDonald and drummer Don Fraser for two nights at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen for the Jazz Festival. We’ll be serving up a night of hard swinging jazz and virtuoso improvisation from 8-10.
MacDonald has grown as a writer since his early days in Hawaii and throughout his years as a Los Angeles jazz staple since moving to access the mainland’s music opportunities in 1982. His reputation expands to the east coast, as well. As a guest artist and in various leader settings, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, at clubs in New York, Chicago and his native Philadelphia, as well as in Barcelona, Spain and Honolulu, Hawaii. He also merited recurring spots on three of L.A.’s own most well known jazz festivals, most recently (October 2013) to perform Barney Kessel’s “Some Like It Hot” concert portion of the L.A. Jazz Institute’s four-day “Jazz Themes from Hollywood.”
Live performances over time have included the usual A-Z list of both here and gone legendary associations: Stan Getz, George Shearing, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Brown, Buddy Rich, Dave McKenna, Scott Hamilton, Richard Groove Holmes, Jack McDuff, Bobby Vinton, Ray Charles and Rosemary Clooney, plus fellow guitarists Joe Pass and Herb Ellis. He has recorded with Ross Tompkins, Ray Brown, Jake Hanna, Hank Jones, Jack Sheldon, Bob Cooper, Art Hillary, Johnny Kirkwood, Plas Johnson, Snooky Young, Bill Holman, the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Lorez Alexandria and Ray Anthony, among others.