CD Release: Sylvia Brooks “The Arrangement” at Catalina Jazz Club, June 7

by Faith Frenz Singers need words and music.  But arrangements are the secret to a good song and what distinguishes the singer.  A good example is Sinatra and Nelson Riddle. Catalina –the Doyen of jazz for LA — has always welcomed  and supported the jazz community to help showcase their aspirations and satisfy the Los… Read More CD Release: Sylvia Brooks “The Arrangement” at Catalina Jazz Club, June 7

Ballet: Matthew Bourne’s “Early Adventures” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

By Jane Rosenberg In Matthew Bourne’s 1991 dance, Town and Country, everything we Yanks love about the Brits and Masterpiece Theatre – from afternoon tea to riding to hounds to Noel Coward-esque sophistication – is presented in spades and tied up with a ribbon for our viewing pleasure. Next to Bourne’s vaudevillian tongue and cheek… Read More Ballet: Matthew Bourne’s “Early Adventures” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “I Hadn’t Anyone Till You”

By Roger Crane, the Song Scout Background/Discussion A piano bar (not many of those anymore), a few booths and some concealing drapes between plaster pillars with a big white piano in the center. Dix and Laurel (Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame), seated on stools around the piano, are directly across from the singer-pianist, Hadda Brooks,… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “I Hadn’t Anyone Till You”

LA Opera’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg As a reader of fairytales, with a particular devotion E.T.A. Hoffmann’s stories, Offenbach’s opera has always exerted a strong pull on my imagination. I approach every production with anticipation – much like a child eagerly awaiting a performance of The Nutcracker, another magical Hoffmann creation. Opening night of LA Opera’s The Tales… Read More LA Opera’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion