Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 5

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 1. (Wed.) A Celtic Christmas.  Irish Storyteller Tomaseen Foley creates a traditional night before Christmas, filled with dancing, music-making and holiday joy.  Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. (562) 916-8501. – Dec. 1. (Wed.)  John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension. The ever-exploratory guitarist performs with a group reaching… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 5

Live Jazz: Jack Sheldon’s Birthday Bash at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Tony Gieske Jack Sheldon began his birthday serenade to himself Saturday night with one of his favorite rousers, “Yo Mama,” his 16 piece band riffing behind him in their boisterous way, the crowd at Catalina’s cheery and full of good wishes for the guy celebrating the first moments of his 79th year. Naturally, he… Read More Live Jazz: Jack Sheldon’s Birthday Bash at Catalina Bar & Grill

Here, There & Everywhere: A Few (More) Things I’m Thankful For

By Don Heckman Here’s my annual, continual and growing list of the many musical reasons I have to be thankful. – Every note Charlie Parker ever played. – Ditto for Louis Armstrong. – Bebop, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, Ray Brown, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Clifford Brown and more. – The magical spells of… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: A Few (More) Things I’m Thankful For

Live Music: Richard Thompson’s “Cabaret of Souls” at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein Richard Thompson gave a memorable performance of his folk oratorio Cabaret of Souls in a UCLA Live concert at Royce Hall on Friday night.   Perhaps it was the tall stone walls and arches of the building, and perhaps it was the layers of costuming on everyone working at the venue, but as… Read More Live Music: Richard Thompson’s “Cabaret of Souls” at Royce Hall