Representing the old guard here are Holloway and Walton. Equally at home on alto and tenor, whether playing blues or bop, swing or soul, the 73-year-old Holloway has a résumé that reads like a Who's Who in American Music, including dates with so many legendary names it would be absurd to try to list them all here. For all the eclectic nature of his career, though, Holloway is a bopper at heart, as evidenced by his always harmonically clever soloing. He's also an effective and amusing blues shouter.
Walton is a marvelously expressive and melodic bop pianist who loses nothing in the groove department, as his experiments with funk on electric piano in the '70s clearly demonstrated. At age 66, Walton has played with almost as many greats as Holloway and continues to keep unexpected company such as his recent work with Etta James, which helped transform the gritty soul diva into a surprisingly convincing jazz songstress.
Long Beach's BOURBON JONES have gone Hollywood on us! The raunchy gospel/country blues band, longtime regulars at the Blue Cafe, will have tracks from their debut CD, Glory Train, prominently featured in the upcoming film Poor White Trash—including the opening and closing credits. The flick is directed by Michael Addis (a veteran of San Diego new-wave group the Playground Slap) and stars William Devane, Sean Young and Jamie Pressly. You can catch the Jones boys Saturday night at the Abilene Rose.
John Lee Hooker performs at the Sun Theatre, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 712-2700. Thurs., April 6, 8:30 p.m. $38.50-$45; the Newport Jazz Millennium Celebration takes over the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-4646. Sat., 8 p.m. $33-$38; Bourbon Jones plays the Abilene Rose, 10830 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, (714) 963-1700. Sat., 9 p.m. $7.