I made a last minute decision last night. At 5 pm, I was trying to decided whether or not to go see Jamie Cullum at the Hollywood Bowl. I didn’t have tickets yet and they were unavailable online. But I thought I’d try and see what I could get at the box office. I my good friends Caleb and Katy decided to come as well. We parked at the park and ride 15 minutes from my aparment and for 5 bucks, got a round trip bus ticket to and from the Bowl. When we got there, the cheapest tickets available were the $13 tickets. I was more than okay with this, as $18 is a fantastic price to pay for what happened that night.
The night began with Elizabeth Shepherd. The Canadian born jazz singer also plays piano, and was accompanied by a bassist and drummer. I really liked their music. She had almost a Bjork/Fiona Apple sound, but with a definite jazz feel. This was very much “progressive” jazz, with odd harmonizations and frequent time changes. A few times I was thrown off by the time changes, but that’s not a complaint. The bassist and drummer were very good, and Elizabeth’s piano playing was great, although I wasn’t crazy about her singing. It’s not that she has a particularly bad or unpleasant voice, it’s that she doesn’t have a particularly pleasant, or memorable voice. She can sing just fine, but her voice wasn’t all that memorable. All in all, they were very good though, and I plan on checking them out online.