Jazz in L.A. is enjoying a modern renaissance, in which new players abound with innovative sounds. But sometimes it's OK to indulge in nostalgia. Take Alan Broadbent, who was a young disciple of Lennie Tristano, one of the great historical jazz pianists, and soon afterward found employment as the pianist for orchestrator Nelson Riddle. Broadbent became one of L.A.'s premier jazz symphonic sages, arranging for Natalie Cole and Diana Krall and earning Grammys. His talents were axiomatic in bassist Charlie Haden's Quartet West, a band steeped in nostalgia as its albums thematically revisited the Golden Age of Hollywood. It's only fitting the this solo piano performance is in a theater named for an Hollywood icon. Broad-bent's exquisite pianism allows us to pine for rosier days gone but not forgotten.
Thu., June 12, 8 p.m., 2014
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