To be honest, I wasn't receptive to going out for music tonight. Sometimes it is just that way. After a long day, an evening on the couch with "Julia" on HBO sounded pretty good. But I had a generous invitation from lovely people, and I promised, so I went.
Danny Janklow's focused intensity never fails to inspire and in short order I was all in. He is dedicated to creating music that doesn't just dazzle with cascades of notes and fiery virtuosity, he has something to say. Tonight as usual it all had the ring of truth, with heartfelt homage to masters Wayne Shorter, Benny Golson and Nina Simone. He certainly had the right band with Javier Santiago particularly impressive on piano and keyboard. Luca Alemanno, bass, Andrew Renfroe, guitar and Anthony Fung on drums all dug deep and were superb. Along with Danny's inspired and fresh new originals, it was great to hear one of my favorites, "Philafornia" from his 2017 "Elevation" album.
If you aren't checking out what KCRW DJ LeRoy Downs is doing with his Just Jazz series both on the air and live, you need to get on the stick. Mr. Musichead is easily one of the coolest venues in town.