By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 31. (Tues.) The Karen Lovely Band. Rising vocal star Lovely is applying her powerful singing to classic blues, richly investing the styles of the ’30s and ’40s — Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, etc. — with her uniquely contemporary perspective. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Aug. 31.… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 30 – Sept. 5
By Mike Finkelstein On Thursday night two of the better tribute bands rocked a Twilight Dance program at the Santa Monica Pier to a hugely enthusiastic crowd of thousands. On a day that reached 104 F in some places, it was a pleasant 40 degrees cooler on the pier when the show started. The Pier concerts… Read More Live Rock: Led Zepagain and Abbey Road at the Santa Monica Pier
By Tony Gieske When the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra starts a set, John Clayton likes to have it sound a strong — never loud — chord that is shockingly lovely and foreshadows the rich and sonorous banquet of sound that is about to be served up. This he did at Vibrato Tuesday, and the night… Read More Live Jazz: The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman It was Gershwin night at the Bowl on Wednesday. And there wasn’t a moment’s doubt about the identities of the real stars of the show. Although the line up embraced a collection of singers ranging from BeBe Winans, Monica Mancini and Jason Mraz to Annie Clark and Nancy Wilson, I’m sure that… Read More Live Music: Gershwin Across America, with Nancy Wilson, Monica Mancini, BeBe Winans, Jason Mraz and Annie Clark at the Hollywood Bowl
By Michael Katz Norah Jones brought her world tour to a near-capacity audience at the Greek Theatre Wednesday, lending her rich vocals to a versatile mix of country, bluesy pop and a bit of bluegrass before the night was over. Since Jones burst on the scene in 2002 with the Grammy winning Blue Note release… Read More Live Pop: Norah Jones and Corinne Bailey Rae at the Greek Theatre
By Mike Finkelstein On Tuesday night Chris Isaak brought his unique take on American music of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s to the Greek Theater. For nearly two hours he and his superb band, Silvertone, sauntered, skipped and sidled through a set in which each song evoked the time period in musical and… Read More Live Pop: Chris Isaak at the Greek Theater
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 24. (Tues.) Sarah Chang. The gifted young violinist takes on the fascinating musical demands of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, plays the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 24. (Tues.) Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 24 – 29