By Don Heckman One of the first things Sheila Jordan said to her packed house listeners after she casually strolled on stage at Vitello’s Saturday night was an off-handed reference to her age – eighty-one, and heading toward eighty-two in November. And what became quickly apparent – before she’d finished her first number – was… Read More Live Jazz: Sheila Jordan at Vitello’s
By Tony Gieske Saturday night at Catalina’s in Hollywood, Jack Sheldon sat silently on his little stool while the hornfolk in one of his cherry-picked big bands did the same on theirs. Coming up was his classic vocal on Count Basie’s old track about yo’ mama’s absence of drawers, but first the left hand of… Read More Live Jazz: The Jack Sheldon Big Band at Catalina Bar & Grill
. . “Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.” Bill Cosby . To read more Quotations of the Week click here.
By Don Heckman The line-up for this year’s Playboy Jazz Festival was announced yesterday at the Playboy Mansion, with Hugh Hefner, Bill Cosby, producer Darlene Chan and a full crowd of media in attendance. Two significant aspects of the 32nd annual event – which takes place June 12 and 13 at the Hollywood Bowl —… Read More News: The 32nd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival
By Don Heckman Music doesn’t just magically appear on television shows and in films. Composers have to write underscores, songwriters have to write songs, and someone has to bring them together with the producers and directors who make the TV shows and the movies. Frankie Pine and her Whirly Girl Music company have been doing… Read More Q & A: Frankie Pine, Music Supervisor
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 23. (Tues.) John Proulx. At a time when male jazz singers are in the minority, Proulx, a fine jazz pianist, is carving a vocal identity of his own. He performs with trumpeter Warren Luening, bassist Chuck Berghofer and drummer Joe LaBarbera. Catalina Bar & Grill (323) 466-2210. –… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 23 – 28
By Tony Gieske You’d expect the guys from the Conan O’Brien show band to put on a pretty good set and play quite well to boot, and so they did Sunday night in a Red Carpet Jazz Series program at Vitello’s, the swanky little joint in Studio City. Tenor saxophonist Jerry Vivino, who sometimes leads… Read More Live Jazz: The Jerry Vivino Quartet Upstairs at Vitello’s