Picks of the Week: Mar. 8 – 13.

March 7, 2011

By Don Heckman

Los Angeles

Corky Hale

- Mar. 8. (Tues.)  Corky Hale and Friends.  “I’m Glad There Is You.”  Pianist, harpist, singer and imaginative producer Hale assembles most of the cast of prime talent on her album I’m Glad There Is You. The impressive line up includes Sally Kellerman, Ariana Savalas, Tricia Tahara and Brenna Whitaker, backed by Jeff Lass and Jim DeJulioCatalina Bar & Grill.  (323) 466-2210.

- Mar. 8. (Tues.)  Chris Walden Big Band.  The Grammy nominated Walden Big Band play some of their leader’s newly-crafted, jazz-driven arrangements of classic film music.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. 

- Mar. 9. (Wed.)  Jackson Browne.  Singer/songwriter Browne wrote some of the most memorable songs of the singer/songwriter era.  And he’s still performing them with the emotionally moving qualities they had several decades ago.  The Fred Kavli Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.  (805) 449-2787.

- Mar. 10. (Thurs.)  Angela Carole Brown. Versatile singer Brown has done everything from voiceovers, movie cues and jingles to back up for artists such as Josh Groban.  Here’s a chance to hear her own estimable skills alive and up close. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400.

- Mar. 10. (Thurs.)  Ana Gazzola.  Brazilian born Gazzola is frequently seen as part of the duo (with Sonia Santos) Brasil Brazil.  This time out, singing and playing sax, she leads her own Brazilian jazz-tinged quartet.   Jazz at the LAX Jazz Club.  LAX Jazz Club at the Crown Plaza LAX.  (310) 258-1333.

Gustavo Dudamel

- Mar. 10 – 13. (Thurs. – Sun.)  Dudamel conducts Tchaikovsky.  The Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel performs three single movement works inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and The Tempest.  Preceding each work, selections form the plays will be read by Orlando Bloom, Malcolm McDowell, Matthew Rhys and Anika Noni Rose Disney Hall. (323) 850-2000.

- Mar. 11. (Fri.)  A Sixties Evening.  An evening overflowing with nostalgia for the irresistible music of a memorable decade.  Featured acts include Gary Lewis & the Playboys, as well as the lead singers with the Outsiders, the Buckinghams, the Archies and the CufflinksCerritos Center for the Performing Arts.  (562) 916-8501.

- Mar. 11. (Fri.)  Swing, Swing, Swing.  It’s a swing era evening packed with talent.  TV actor and singer James Darren headlines, along with Las Vegas entertainer/mujsician Pete Barbutti, the Gene Krupa Tribute Band and the Swingtime Dancers. The Fred Kavli Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.   (805) 449-2787.

Sheila Jordan

- Mar. 11 & 12. (Fri. & Sat.)  Sheila Jordan.  Here’s one of the special events of the year, featuring one of the jazz vocal art’s most incomparable performers in two different nights of music and memory.  On Fri. night Jordan will share her personal stories through song, while author/singer Ellen Johnson reads excerpts from Jordan’s upcoming biography Jazz Messages: The Sheila Jordan Story. On Sat. night she’ll perform a concert of the songs that have made her one of the classic jazz vocalists.  Pianist Alan Pasqua, bassist Darek Oles and drummer Peter Erskine back Jordan on both nights.  Vitello’s.   (818) 769-0905.

- Mar. 11 – 13  (Fri. – Sun.)  Oleta Adams. Soulful singer Adams displays her lush sound, gospel-driven phrasing and intimate style in one of her too-infrequent Southland appearances.  Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210.

Bale Folclorico da Bahia

- Mar. 12. (Sat.)  Bale Folclorico da Bahia.  The colorfully garbed performers from Bahia make their Los Angeles debut with an evening of physically dynamic, erotically charged dances and passionately rhythmic music.  The featured work will be the U.S. premiere of Sacred Heritage.  Wilshire Ebell Theatre.  A Brazilian Nites production.   (818) 566-1111.

- Mar. 13. (Sun.) All Star Spring Jazz Fest.  Celebrate the approaching arrival of Spring with a mid-day jazz program honoring pianist Tom Garvin.  Also on the full bill of music: the Bill Holman Big Band, Sue Raney, Alan Broadbent, Tom Ranier, Bob Sheppard, Madeline Eastman and more.  Vitello’s.   (818) 769-0905.

San Francisco

- Mar. 11 & 12. (Fri. & Sat.)  Albita.  Grammy and Emmy winning Cuban singer/actress Albita has been transfixing audiences since she arrived in the U.S. in the early ‘90s.  Most recently, she starred in the musical “The Mambo Kings,” but she is an electrifying night club performer, as well.Yoshi’s Oakland (510) 238-9200.

New York

Chris Potter

- Mar. 8. (Tues.)  The Potter Binney Group.  A pair of contemporary jazz’s most gifted saxophonists —  Chris Potter and David Binney — team up for an evening of stimulating musical interaction.  They’ll be backed by David Virelles, keyboards, Eivind Opsvik, bass and Dan Weiss, drums.  55 Bar.   (212) 989-9883.

- Mar. 8 – 13. (Tues. – Sun.)  Ann Hampton Callaway. Her lush sound, adept musicality and intimate storytelling abilities one of the contemporary jazz world’s finest – if not as acknowledged as she should be – singers.  She’s backed by pianist Bill Cunliffe, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Tim Horner Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola.   (212) 258-9800.

- Mar. 10. (Thurs.) Alan Pierson and Alarm Will Sound. “1969.” The Beatles and composer Karlheinz Stockhausen never managed to fulfill their plan to get together for a joint concert in the ‘60s.  But here’s a staged event, with music and dialog, imagining what that encounter – along with the added presence of the music of Luciano Berio, Leonard Bernstein and others — might have sounded and looked like.  NY Premiere.  Zankel Hall (212) 247-7800.

Mose Allison

- Mar. 10 – 13. (Thurs. – Sun.)  Mose Allison Trio.  A true Mississippi original, singer/songwriter/pianist Allison has been combining the blues, the bayou and his own unique lyrical and musical imagination to jazz since the late ‘50s.  The Jazz Standard.  (212) 447-7733.


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