Picks of the Week: April 12 – 19

By Don Heckman

Los Angeles

– April 13 – 15. (Mon. – Wed.) Chris Potter’s Underground. Potter continues to successfully assert that there’s something to say on the post-Coltrane tenor saxophone. Jazz Bakery (310) 271-9039.  www.jazzbakery.com  

– April 16. (Thurs.) Kendra Shank. Shank’s appropriately titled, ear-grabbing new album ‘’Mosaic” includes a selection of material embracmg Irving Berlin, Carole King and her own well-crafted tunes. Crowne Plaza LAX Hotel. (310) 642-7500. www.CrownePlaza.com.

– April 16. (Thurs.) Janis Mann. She’s one of the contemporary jazz scene’s too little acknowledged vocal talents, a “star in her own right,” according to Diane Schuur. Charlie O’s. (818) 994-3058. www.charlieos.com

– April 16. (Thurs.) Mon David. The Filipino jazz singer is that rarity – a male jazz vocal artist with a distinctly original style of his own. Jazz Bakery (310) 271-9039. www.jazzbakery.comlionel-loueke

– April 17 – 18. (Fri. – Sun.) Lionel Loueke. The Benin-born guitarist is setting new standards for the integration of contemporary jazz sounds with the traditional African qualities which are elemental aspects of the music’s roots. Jazz Bakery (310) 271-9039. www.jazzbakery.com

– April 17 – 19. (Fri. – Sun.) Tony Martin. Now 96, Martin’s been applying his lush tenor voice to creamy ballads since the mid-1930s (that’s not a misprint). Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a performer whose impressive resume includes films with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and radio shows with George Burns and Gracie Allen. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. www.catalinajazzclub.com.

– April 17. (Fri.) Ray Brown, Jr. with the Joel Scott Trio. The name’s familiar, but Brown, the adopted son of bassist Ray Brown and singer Ella Fitzgerald, chose to follow in his mother’s footsteps. In his recent album, “Friends and Family,” he sings with the likes of Jane Monheit, James Moody, Dionne Warwick, Melba Moore and others. Spazio. (818) 728-8400. www.spazio.la/jazz.php .

– April 17. (Fri.) Richie Cole Quartet. Bebop lives whenever alto saxophonist is on stage. He’ll be backed by the sterling rhythm section of pianist Mike Melvoin, bassist Tony Dumas and drummer Ralph Penland. Culver Club in the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Westside. (310) 649-1776. http://www.radisson.com/hotels/caculver/dinings.

annie-sellick– April 17. (Fri.) Annie Sellick brings the engaging qualities of her Nashville background to everything she touches, reaching out to charm her listeners into her briskly atmospheric vocals. Steamers. (714) 871-8800 www.steamersjazzcafe.com

– April 18. (Sat.) Larry Goldings. Upstairs at Vitello’s continues to establish itself as one of the Valley’s attractive new jazz venues. This time, with the ever-swinging, always intriguing B-3 organ playing of the versatile Goldings. Vitellos Restaurant. (818) 769-0905. www.vitellosrestaurant.com

– April 18 & 19. (Sat. & Sun.) LACO presents the debut of pianist David Fung in Ravel’s jazz-influenced Piano Concerto in G Major. Sat. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Sun. at UCLA’s Royce Hall. (213) 622-7001 ext/ 215. www.laco.org

– April 19. (Sun.) “El Padre de la Patria,” an evening of Cuban Dance music celebrating the birth of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes de Castillo.  With Lazaro Galarraga, Candi Sosa, Charanga Cubana, Perico Hernandez, Iris Cepeda and others The 740 Downtown, Los Angeles. (323) 660-1655. www.elpadrecubanfestival.com.

mark-turnerSan Diego

– April.18. (Sat.) FLY. Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner displays his convincing musical wares with two thirds of the Brad Mehldau trio — drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier. The Atheneum.Music and Arts Library in La Jolla. (858) 454-5872 www.ljathenaeum.org.

San Francisco

– April 16. (Thurs.) Country Joe McDonald’s Tribute to Woody Guthrie. A combination of musical elements in which nostalgia manages to be utterly timely. Yoshi’s San Francisco. (415) 655-5600. www.yoshis.com

– April 19. (Sun.) Jacqui Naylor’s sweet-toned vocals are the ideal vehicle for a program titled, “Remembering Blossom Dearie.” Yoshi’s San Francisco. (415) 655-5600. www.yoshis.com.


– April 17, 18 & 19. (Fri. – Sun.) Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Dozens of acts and over 100,000 fans gather for a three day Woodstockian weekend. Among the numerous headliners – Paul McCartney, Morrissey, The Killers, The Cure, Leonard Cohen, My Bloody Valentine, Conor Oberst, Thievery Corporation.  Empire Polo Field, Indio, CA www.coachella.com.

New York City

– April 13. (Mon.) The Mingus Orchestra, a sibling of the Mingus Big Band, offers a continuing reminder of the greatness of the Charles Mingus legacy – and of the too rarely appreciated value of jazz repertory ensembles. The Jazz Standard (212) 576-2252.  www.jazzstandard.net/red/index.html

– April 14. (Tues.) Marian McPartland celebrates the 30th Anniversary of her “Piano Jazz” on NPR with a host of special guests. Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. (212) 258-9595. www.jalc.org/dccc

– April 14 – 19. (Tues. – Sun.) Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Perez and John Patitucci explore some fo the far-ranging material from their new trio CD, “Music We Are.” The Blue Note. (212) 475-8592. www.bluenote.net/newyork/index.shtml.

claudia-acuna– April 15 – 19. (Wed. – Sun.) Claudia Acuna Quartet. Acuna focuses on Spanish language songs – by Victor Jara, among others — in her latest album “En Este Momento.” But she does so from a more distinctly jazz-oriented perspective than on several of her previous releases. Which is all to the good, since Acuna, at her best, has mastered the art of what an imaginative voice can do with a jazz-based song. Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. (212) 258-9595. www.jalc.org/dccc .

– April 16 – 19 (Thurs. – Sun.) Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra. One of the pianist’s several adventurous groups,the Pocket Orchestra features his compositions performed by trumpeter Avishai Cohen, percussionist Richie Barshay and vocalist Jo Lawry. The Jazz Standard (212) 576-2252. www.jazzstandard.net/red/index.html

St. Louis

– April 16 – 18. (Thurs. – Sat.) Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival. John Pizzarelli, Jon Faddis, Peter Erskine, Lou Marini and the UMSL Jazz Ensemble. Touhill Performing Arts Center. (314) 516-4949. www.gsljazzfest.com.


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