By Don Heckman
– April 11. (Mon.) Cabaret Cares. A Song For Japan. A benefit performance to aid the stricken populace of Japan features cabaret artists Andrea Marcovicci, Daisy Eagan, Lee Lessack, Sharon McNight and others. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. .
– April 12. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar Night. With Sid Jacobs and John Leftwich. Pisano’s Tuesday Guitar Nights just keep on cooking. And with Jacobs and Leftwich also on stage, the rhythms will be crisp and the imagination wide open. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905.
-April 12. (Tues.) John Daversa Big Band. Trumpeter Daversa’s exploratory approach to big jazz band sounds is producing some consistently adventurous music. To read a recent iRoM review of the Daversa Big Band click HERE. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400.
– April. 12. (Tues.) Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band. The always swinging, always entertaining Big Phat Band celebrates the release of their new CD, That’s How We Roll. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. .
– April 13. (Wed.) Mike Lang Trio. Pianist Lang has a resume that includes gigs with the likes of Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand and more, recordings with Henry Mancini, John Williams, Elmer Bernstein, and a long string of film and TV credits. This time out, he’s doing it his own way, backed by bassist Michael Valerio and drummer Jim Keltner. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. .
– April 14. (Thurs.) Duran Duran. They’re back. The sounds of the eighties that made all the young girls quiver, still playing the hits. Fox Theatre Pomona. (909) 784-3671.
– April 14. (Thurs.) Denise Donatelli. Grammy-nominated Donatelli’s dark-timbred voice and imaginative singing will prove, once again, why she really should have won that award. Charlie O’s. (818) 994-3058.
– April 14 – 16. (Thurs. – Sat.) Victor Wooten Band. Five time Grammy Award winner Wooten displays the bass playing dexterity and free-roving imagination that make him one of the important artists of his generation. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. .
– April 15. (Fri.) Michael Wolff. Pianist Wolff, heard to rarely in these parts, plays his second Vitello’s gig in a couple of weeks. This time, his musical companions will be trumpeter Mark Isham, bassist John B. Williams and drummer Michael Barsimento. Click HERE to read an iRoM review of a recent Wolff performance. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905.
– April 15. (Fri.) 2nd Proverb Trio. An unusually intriguing approach to small ensemble jazz features Dafnis Prieto, drums, Kokayi, vocals and poetry and Jason Lindner, keyboards. A Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musicians Institute Concert Hall. \.
– April 15. (Fri.) Tom Peterson/Andy Martin Quartet. Saxophonist Peterson and trombonist Martin, first call players on their instruments, take a break from playing for everyone else, and step to the front of the stage. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400.
– April 16. (Sat. ) Improvisatory Minds: Chamber Music by Jazz Musicians. It’s an evening that promises to provide some of the more intriguing musical explorations of recent memory. On the bill: works by Bevan Manson, Ed Neumeister, and Gernot Wolfgang, with guest composers Billy Childs and Alan Broadbent. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905.
– April 16. (Sat.) Judy Wexler. Versatile Ms. Wexler is a singer who finds the essence of jazz in everything she sings, regardless of genre. She celebrates her birthday with a prime evening of music. Café 322. (626) 836-5414
– April 16 & 17. (Sat. & Sun.) Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks. They may not have found musical companionship in their early years, but Stewart and Nicks seem perfectly attuned to share a stage in the prime maturity of their careers. Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000.
– April 16 & 17. (Sat. & Sun.) The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Music Director Jeffrey Kahane leads the LACO in a performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Also on the program: Dvorak’s lyrical Serenade in E Major for Strings and composer John Harbison’s whimsical Gli accordi piu usati (“The most often used chords”). Saturday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Sunday at UCLA’s Royce Hall. For information click HERE. (213) 622-7001 Ext. 215.
– April 15. (Fri.) Dr. Lonnie Smith and Barbara Dennerlein. It’s a night for B-3 organ fireworks. The groove pyrotechnics of Dr. Lonnie and the hard driving rhythmic charge of German-born Dennerlein. SFJAZZ Spring Season at the Herbst Theatre. (566) 920-5299.
– April 15 & 16. (Fri. & Sat.) Maceo Parker. Alto saxophonist Parker’s funk roots trace back to his highly visible work with James Brown. Since then, he’s performed with every imaginable funk band, including his own “greatest little funk band on earth.” He makes his debut performance at Yoshi’s San Francisco. (415) 655-5600.
– April 12 & 13. (Tues. & Wed.) The Three Cohens. Tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Anat Cohen, trumpeter Avishai Cohen and soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen. Three impressive jazz artists from the same Israeli family are a jazz
rarity. But aside from that, they’re always a pleasure to hear, and never more so than when they’re in an infrequent public family jam. Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. (212) (212) 258-9595.
– April 12 – 17. (Tues. – Sun.) Martial Solal & Francois Moutin Duo. There’s no better proof of France’s love affair with jazz than the teaming of these two extraordinary French artists in a cross generational gig – the great, veteran pianist Solal and the talented young bassist Moutin. Village Vanguard. (212) 255-4037.
– April 13 (Wed.) Kendra Shank – Steve Wilson – Frank Kimbrough. Vocalist Shank, saxophonist Wilson and pianist Kimbrough will be performing standards, originals, songs by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Abbey Lincoln and others. With the additional highlight of Shank’s imaginative “voice collages” – vocal improvisations with electronic loops. Kitano Hotel. (212) 885-7119.
– April 14. (Thurs.) Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. Fast rising composer arranger Argue’s writing for his big band, Secret Society, has been praised in media of every stripe. Here’s a chance to hear the work of this gifted young artist in an up front and live setting. Iridium. (212) 582-2121.
– April 14 – 17. (Thurs. – Sun.) Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet. Trumpeter Akinmusire leads a stellar collection of young players in a celebration of the release of his debut album on Blue Note, When the Heart Emerges Glistening. Jazz Standard. (212) 576-2232.
John Pisano photo by Bob Barry. Denise Donatelli and Judy Wexler photos by Faith Frenz. Anat Cohen photo by Tony Gieske.