BY DON HECKMAN
Oct. 11. (Thurs.) Dr. John, the Lower 911 and the Blind Boys of Alabama. “Spirituals To Funk.” The title is right on target, with Dr. John’s inimitable, funk-driven, Crescent city swing and the gripping spirituals of the Blind Boys. Valley Performing Arts Center. (818) 677-8800.
- Oct. 11. (Thurs.) Frank Petrilli. The jazz accordion is alive and well in the talented hands of Frank Petrilli. He’s backed by the equally skilled John Chiodini, guitar, Pat Senatore, bass and Enzo Tedesco, drums. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400.
- Oct. 11 – 14. (Thurs. – Sun.). “Where the Wild Things Are.” Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a mixed media performance of Oliver Knussen’s one act opera based on the famous children’s book by Maurice Sendak. Also on the program: Ravel’s charming Mother Goose. Walt Disney Hall. (323) 850-2000.
Oct. 12. (Fri.) Bajofondo. Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla leads an eight person collective of musicians from Argentina and Uruguay in a program of innovative Latin music ranging from tango and electronica to contemporary and alternative sounds. A CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall. (310) 825-2101.
Oct. 12. (Fri.) Marilyn Crispell and Myra Melford. Pianist/composer Crispell performs a solo/duo set, followed by pianist Melford and Snowy Egret, her six person music and dance ensemble. At REDCAT as part of the ANGEL CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL. (213) 237-2800.
Oct. 12. (Fri.) Smoky Joe’s Cafe. The immensely popular, Tony-nominated musical features a program of memorable songs by Mike Stoller and Jerry Lieber. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. (562) 916-8501. /production.aspx?productionSeasonId=4128
Oct. 12 & 13. (Fri. & Sat.) Denise Donatelli. The gifted, Grammy nominated Ms. Donatelli is backed by music director/pianist Geoffrey Keezer and his quintet in a release party for her new CD, Soul Shadows. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905.
Oct. 12 – 14. (Fri. – Sun.) Chris Minh Doky and the Nomads. Danish/Vietnamese bassist Doky leads a hard driving, jazz fusion band featuring Dave Weckl, drums, Dean Brown, guitar and George Whitty, keyboards. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210.
Oct. 13. (Sat.) Bill Frisell & Bill Morrison. “The Great Flood.” A creative collaboration between the music of guitarist/composer Frisell and Morrison’s film based on the 1927 Mississippi River flood. A CAP UCLA/Angel City Jazz Festival concert at Royce Hall.
Oct. 14. (Sun.) An Evening with Vijay Iyer: Trio, Quartet and Sextet. The much praised keyboardist leads several different group formats featuring saxophonist Steve Coleman. A CAP UCLA/Angel City Jazz Festival concert at Royce Hall.
- Oct. 10. (Wed.) “Monk’s Birthday.” With Barry Harris, Jacky Terrasson and Alfredo Rodriguez. Three cross-generational jazz pianists celebrate the 95th anniversary of the birth of the incomparable Thelonious Monk. An SFJAZZ concert at the Herbst Theatre. .
- Oct. 10 – 14. (Wed. – Sun.) “GRP 30th.” Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, a pair of long time musical companions, get together for the 30th anniversary of GRP Records, the company founded by Grusin and Larry Rosen. The Blue Note. (212) 475-8592.
- Oct. 13 & 14. (Sat. & Sun.) The SFJAZZ Collective Plays Chick Corea. The stellar members of the SFJAZZ Collective perform the far-reaching, ever-fascinating music of Chick Corea. SFJAZZ Collective is David Sanchez, Miguel Zenon, Avishai Cohen, Stefon Harris, Robin Eubanks, Edward Simon, Matt Penman and Jeff Ballard. Jazz Standard. (212) 576-2232.
- Oct. 11 & 13. (Thurs. & Fri.) Soulive. Carrying the torch for the jazz organ trio format, the trio of Soulive – Eric Crasno, guitar, Neal Evans, keyboards and Alan Evans, drums, continue to keep the jazz groove alive. Ronnie Scott’s. (0)20 7439 0747.
- Oct. 10 – 13. (Wed. – Sat.) The John Scofield Trio. Guitarist Scofield, always in search of challenging playing environments, performs with a pair of great, veteran players – bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart. Blue Note Tokyo. 03.5485.0088.