Reviews and Comments

The Ed Vodicka Trio at Catalina Jazz Club
– Hollywood, California
L.A. Jazz Scene Review — July 2010
Pianist Ed Vodicka has appeared at Catalina’s recently on a monthly basis.  He has led a big band featuring singer Marlene VerPlanck, and played organ with Plas Johnson.  For his third appearance, Vodicka paid tribute to the records of his youth (by Oscar Peterson, Red Garland and Wynton Kelly) in a trio with bassist Jim Hughart and drummer Roy McCurdy.  He often sounded close to the pianists, particularly Oscar Peterson on “Soon,” “I’ve Got The World On A String” and “Tin Tin Deo,” and Kelly on “If You Could See Me Now” and “On Stage,” but also infused the music with his own fresh personality.  All  of the performances swung and Ed Vodicka showed throughout the evening that he is one of the finest jazz pianists currently in the Los Angeles area.
Scott Yanow
The Ed Vodicka Quintet at Catalina Jazz Club 
– Hollywood, California
L.A. Jazz Scene Review — June 2010
 
 
Pianist Ed Vodicka switched from piano to B-3 organ for an invigorating evening of jazz at Catalina’s.  He picked top-flight cohorts;  Plas Johnson on tenor sax, Nolan Shaheed on trumpet, guitarist John Chiodini and drummer Roy McCurdy. . .  [more]
 
 
The Ed Vodicka Big Band with Marlene VerPlanck
at Catalina Jazz Club
– Hollywood, California
L.A. Jazz Scene Review — May 2010
 
Talented pianist Ed Vodicka fronted his big band, which was roaring all night, then added the delightful vocalist Marlene Ver Planck for an extra special evening of jazz. When I arrived at 7:30 the room was already packed with a happy buzz as patrons ate dinner and enjoyed grown-up beverages. There was a definite excitement in the air, as vocalist Marlene Ver Planck was making a rare West Coast appearance.
 
After a funny introduction by the bartender, Mike Dusalt, Vodicka went right to work on his own arrangement of “It Might As Well Be Spring,” which was clever and very effective.  Billy Kerr took the first solo on alto sax and  (click here for full review)
 
Marlene VerPlanck with The Ed Vodicka Trio
LAX Crowne Plaza — April 15, 2010
by Roger Crane, International Review of Music
 
“. . . absolutely Rolls Royce trio, who could give lessons in how to accompany a singer.”