Live Music: The Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra and Philippe Jaroussky in a UCLA Live Concert at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman “Handel and Vivaldi Fireworks.”  It’s an accurate title for the remarkable evening of music that took place at Royce Hall last Friday.  And all the more so because so much of it is rarely heard on concert stages, and even more rarely with the authenticity and bravura of the Apollo’s Fire baroque… Read More Live Music: The Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra and Philippe Jaroussky in a UCLA Live Concert at Royce Hall

Live Jazz: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman One of the unlikely words that came to mind Wednesday night while hearing Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette in a UCLA Live concert at Royce Hall was “playful.”  That, plus “groove-driven,” “entertaining” and a few more. Why unlikely?  Not because those qualities haven’t always been present in what was originally… Read More Live Jazz: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette at Royce Hall

Picks of the Week: Oct. 24 – 30

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 26. (Wed.)  Goran Bregovic Wedding and Funeral Orchestra.  Sarajevo’s wildly eclectic bandleader Bregovic leads an orchestra that combines Roma gypsy music, a brass band, strings, a male choir, Bulgarian back-up singers and traces of rock into an inimitable evening of mind-bending music.   Disney Hall.   (323) 8502000. – Oct.… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 24 – 30

Live Jazz: The Eddie Daniels Quartet at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Clarinetist Eddie Daniels’ masterful performance at Vitello’s Friday was – as his appearances often are – a gripping reminder of his instrument’s adventurous jazz past, present and future. For the first half of the jazz century, the clarinet was one of the music’s key voices.  Vital to the New Orleans style, a… Read More Live Jazz: The Eddie Daniels Quartet at Vitello’s