Picks of the Week: Mar. 14 – 20

By Don Heckman

Los Angeles

– Mar. 15. (Tues.)  Misha Piatigorsky Trio and String Quartet.  Russian pianist/composer Piatigorsky, the winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Composers Competition, showcases his far-reaching compositions in a blend of his jazz trio with the classical sound of a string quartet.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.  (310) 474-9400.

– Mar. 15. (Tues.)  Luther Hughes “Cannonball Coltrane Project.” The recorded encounter between Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane was a rare and memorable musical blend.  Hughes’ group digs into some of the classic selections from that recording.  Charlie O’s. (818) 994-3058.

Kevin Mahogany

– Mar. 16. (Wed.)  Kevin Mahogany.  “A Night of Romance” Celebrating the Life and Music of Johnny Hartman.  The rich, dark timbre and smooth phrasing of Mahogany’s style makes him one of the few singers who can capture the Johnny Hartman magic. Vitello’s.  (818) 769-0905.

– Mar. 16. (Wed.)  Maya Angelou.  Her elegant, articulate writing beautifully blurs the line between poetry and prose.  Angelou’s presence has enlivened American culture for decades.  UCLA Live.  Royce Hall.  (310) 825-2101.

– Mar. 17 – 20. (Thurs. – Sun.) Pharoah Sanders Quartet.  Tenor saxophonist Sanders is often identified as a disciple of the John Coltrane style of the ‘60s.  But he’s much more than that, an important and imaginative voice in contemporary jazz.  Catalina Bar & Grill.     (323) 466-2210.

– Mar. 17 – 20. (Thurs. – Sun.) Dudamel Conducts Mozart and Beethoven.  The dynamic conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic gets down to basics with Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 (“Haffner”) and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. (with pianist Jeremy Denk).  Disney Hall.  (323) 850-2000.

Janis Mann

– Mar. 18. (Fri.) Janis Mann.  Vocalist Mann has the voice, the imagination and the creativity to sing jazz in the most emotionally and musically engaging fashion.  She’ll perform with the solid support of the John Heard Trio.  Charlie O’s. (818) 994-3058.

Mar. 19. (Sat.)  Jim Snidero.  Alto saxophonist Snidero is an A-list New York player who doesn’t make a lot of appearances in L.A.  Too bad, because he’s a player with something to say musically, beyond his admirable skills as a teacher and dependable sideman.   Vitello’s.  (818) 769-0905.

– Mar. 19. (Sat.)  Rosanne Cash. Singer/songwriter Cash has moved well beyond her roots (as the daughter of Johnny Cash) to fashion an intriguing musical identity of her own, reaching across country, roots music, rock and pop.  Valley Performing Arts Center.    (818) 677-8800.

– Mar. 19. (Sat.)  Ticket To Ride MusicalA Fusion of Theatre and Beatles Music.  The award-winning show is a delightful musical biography of the Beatles, as seen through the eyes of their long time manager, Brian Epstein.  Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.   (562) 916- 8501.

Wu Man

– Mar. 20. (Sun.)  Wu Man. One of the world’s leading masters of the lute-like pipa, Wu Man has designed a stylistically transcendent show supporting the current Getty exhibition, Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China. The Getty Center.  (310) 440-7300.

New York

– Mar. 15 – 20. (Tues. – Sun.)  Kenny Werner Quintet.  With special guests Randy Brecker and David Sanchez. Pianist, composer and bandleader Werner has also written an imporant inner guide to the practice of music – Effortless Mastery:Liberating the Inner Musician Within. The Blue Note.  (212) 475-8592.

– Mar. 15 – 20. (Tues. – Sun.)  The Heath Brothers.  Drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath and saxophonist Jimmy Heath get together to recall and celebrate the admirable legacy of the Heath family and the memory of brother Percy Heath.   Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola.  (212) 258-9800.

San Francisco

– Mar. 17. (Thurs.) Steve Coleman and the Five Elements.  Alto saxophonist Coleman’s probing musical imagination has been impacting progressive jazz thinking for several decades via his work for the M-Base ensemble as well as his own, always compelling groups.  Yoshi’s Oakland. (510) 238-9200.

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