The Diana Krall concert at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night, kicked ass! The LA Philharmonic opened the first half with "Times Square, 1944" (from Three Dance Episodes from On the Town) Leonard Bernstein, followed by "Caravan" Juan Tizol & Duke Ellington , and ending a short first half with "Suite from Porgy and Bess" George Gershwin. Beautiful music beneath the stars tucked away in the Hollywood Hills. How cool is that!?
During intermission I smoked a bit of cigar as we wandered about. The second half of the evening featured Krall with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Both Krall and the jazz band are familiar to Bowl audiences - she has performed at the legendary venue numerous times and the band served as the resident jazz orchestra from 1998 to 2001.
With Polly cuddled up to me I thought how very wonderful this night was. We started our evening at a quaint Italian Restaurant, in Polly's old neighborhood, where we enjoyed sauteed calamari and some pesto lamb chops, Polly had the linguini with sea scallops. Yummy.
At the bowl we uncorked a bottle of wine and soaked in the beautiful music and atmosphere. Diana Krall belted out a beautiful selection of jazz standards, Nat King Cole, Sinatra, Cole Porter. This my friends is great music. The band was great. Another wonderful evening in LA.