Picks of the Week: Nov. 29 – Dec. 4

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 30. (Wed.)  Sting. One of the iconic masters of popular song makes a rare Southland appearance as part of his extended, “Back To Bass” tour.   The  Wiltern.     (877) 686-5366. – Nov. 30. (Wed.)   The Ron McCurdy Collective.  Trumpeter/educator McCurdy blends his soaring trumpet sounds with the lush harmonies… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 29 – Dec. 4

Picks of the Week: Nov. 22 – 27

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 22. (Tues.) Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Trey McIntyre Project. New Orleans roots, at their most convincing authenticity are delivered by the Preservation Hall players in a fascinating collaboration with the entrancing choreography of the McIntyre Project’s modern dance.  Disney Hall. 638 (323) 850-2000. – Nov. 22.… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 22 – 27

Here, There & Everywhere: Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” — 44 years later and still timely

By Don Heckman Looking at the videos of police using pepper spray on U.C. Davis demonstrators, and using violent tactics on protestors elsewhere, has triggered a whole bunch of distant memories.   As has much of the media coverage of the Occupy movement as it has grown in size and intensity around the country.  The goals… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” — 44 years later and still timely