By Don Heckman
– Feb. 7. (Tues.) Misha Piatigorsky and Sketchy Black Dog. Winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Composers’ Competition, Piatigorsky applies his adventurous composition and piano playing skills within the offbeat string quartet sounds of the Sketchy Black Dog. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com (310) 474-9400.
– Feb. 7. (Tues.) Guitar Night. John Pisano and Barry Zweig. The two veteran guitarists share a birthday celebration with a typical evening of Guitar night jamming. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905.
– Feb. 7. (Tues.) Joshua Bell in Concert. Versatile violinist Bell applies his rich interpretive skills to a program of Mendlssohn, Brahms, Ravel, Ysaye and Gershwin. Pianist Sam Haywood accompanies. Disney Hall. (323) 850-2000.
– Feb. 9. (Thurs.) Janis Siegel with the Elliot Deutsch Big Band. “Love: Swinging From the Heart.” The Manhattan Transfer’s eclectic singer takes a break from quartet life for an evening of love songs with Deutsch’s briskly swinging young band. Old Town Temecula Community Theatre. (866) 653-8696.
– Feb. 10. (Fri..) Pete Christlieb. Every bandleader loves to have tenor saxophonist Christlieb on stage with him (or her), knowing that – whatever the music demands – Christlieb will deliver it in world class style. Here’s a chance to hear him up front, doing his own thing. Expect the best. He’ll be backed by the Pat Senatore Trio. Vibrato. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400.
– Feb. 10. (Fri.) Hugh Masekela. South African trumpeter and human rights activist Masekela and his South African band survey his far reaching career – from “Grazing in the Grass” to straight ahead jazz and Afro-pop. Royce Hall. UCLA Live. (310) 825-2101.
– Feb. 10. (Fri.) The Glendale Pops Orchestra with Kenny Loggins. “This Is Romance.” Hitmaker and pop superstar Loggins has been producing soft rock romantic tunes since the ’70s, and he’s still going strong. He’ll be singing some of his classics with the Glendale Pops as the perfect lead-in to Valentine’s day. Matt Catingub conducts. The Glendale Pops Orchestra at the Alex Theatre. (818) 552-2787.
– Feb. 10 – 12. (Fri. – Sun.) and Feb. 16. – 19. (Thurs. – Sun.) Steve Tyrell. The warm and fuzzy baritone of Steve Tyrell can always be counted on to add the right romantic touch to an evening of songs for Valentine’s Day. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210.
– Feb. 11. (Sat.) Jaye Maynard’s Blossom Dearie Songbook. Maynard explores the delightfully whimsical material favored by the one and only Dearie, without falling into the trap of imitating her inimitable singing style. 1 p.m. matinee show. Also Mon., Feb. 13. 8 p.m. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905.
– Feb. 11. (Sat.) Judy Collins. It’s been more than four decades since Grammy winning Collins was first thrilling boomers with songs such as “Both Sides Now,” “Someday Soon,” “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” and much more. At 72, she continues to bring new life to everything she sings. Disney Hall. (323) 850-2000.
– Feb. 11. (Sat.) Inner Voices Valentine Show. The Southland’s primo vocal collective brings their lush harmonies and soaring solos to a program of holiday-appropriate love songs. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905.
– Feb. 11. (Sat.) Pasatono Orquesta. The first concert in this year’s “Sounds of L.A.” series showcases the indigenous music of Mexico performed on hand-crafted instruments. The Getty Center. (310) 440-7300.
– Feb. 11. (Sat.) Christian McBride Trio and Ravi Coltrane Quartet. Two of the contemporary jazz scene’s most gifted artists share the Royce Hall stage, as well as their individual quests to explore new jazz territories. Royce Hall. UCLA Live. (310) 825-2101.
– Feb. 12 (Sun.) Los Angeles Master Chorale. The LAMC take on a pair of compelling choral works: Bruckner’s lush textured Mass in E minor, performed with a wind orchestra, and Stravinsky’s three-movement, neo-classical Symphony of the Psalms. Disney Hall. (323) 850-2000.
– Feb. 12. (Sun.) Marian Petrescu. Bucharest-born pianist Petrescu brings astonishing technical virtuosity to a jazz style blending mainstream elements with a free flying, fiercely rhythmic improvisational inventiveness. Pierre’s Fine Pianos. (310) 247-0331.
– Feb. 12. (Sun.) Moscow Festival Ballet. Founded in 1989 by Bolshoi Ballet dancer Sergei Radchenko, the Moscow Festival Ballet offers their own version of the magical fairy tale, Cinderella. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. (562) 916-8501.
– Feb. 10 – 12. (Fri. – Sun.) The Manhattan Transfer. “Valentine’s Weekend.” The Transfer offer their richly harmonized versions of songs for the holiday. Singer Margaret Dorn steps in for Cheryl Bentyne, who is recovering from a serious illness. Yoshi’s Oakland. (510) 238-9200.
– Feb. 11. (Sat.) The Jacky Terrasson Trio. Born in Berlin to an American mother and a French father, pianist Terrasson has thoroughly established himself as a world-class jazz artist. In his first Florida appearance he’s backed by the sturdy swing of bassist Ben Williams and drummer Jamire Williams. The Miniaci Performing Arts Center. (954) 462-0222.
– Feb. 10 – 12 (Fri. – Sun.) Jerry “The Iceman” Butler. One of the original Impressions, Butler – and his smooth baritone — followed up with a string of solo hits. At 72, he’s still going strong, while also serving as a Cook County Board Commissioner. Blues Alley. (202) 237-4141.
– Feb. 7 – 12. (Tues. – Sun.) Roy Hargrove Big Band with Special Guest Roberta Gambarini. After a string of performances with his quintet, trumpeter Hargrove is back in front of his dynamic big band. But many of the high points will also be provided by the superb jazz singing of Gambarini. The Blue Note. (212) 475-8592.
– Feb. 9 – 12. (Thurs. – Sun.) Benny Golson. He’s written some of the great jazz standards, but tenor saxophonist Golson also has a lot to say through his horn. Don’t miss this rare club appearance. Jazz Standard. (212) 576-2232.
– Feb. 10. (Fri.) The American Symphony Orchestra. “Orientalism in France” The ASO takes a close look at the impact that the music of Asia had upon French composers of the late 19th and early 20th cenuries. The program includes works by Saint-Saens, Franck, Delage, Ravel and Bizet’s rarely heard one act opera, Djamileh. Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium, Perelman Stage. (212) 247-7800.
– Feb. 8 & 9. (Tues. & Wed.) Gilad Atzmon. “The Music of Charlie Parker.” Alto saxophonist Atzmon takes on some of the familiar Parker works, including pieces from the classic Bird with Strings recordings. Ronnie Scott’s. 020 7439 0747.
– Feb. 10. (Fri.) Gwilym Simcock. Although he is best known in the U.K., Welsh jazz 30 year old Simcock is one of the most innovative pianists of his generation, applying many of his classical skills to his improvisational excursions. He performs here on solo piano. A-Trane. 030/313 25 50
– Feb. 9 – 11. (Thurs. – Sat.) The Billy Cobham Band. Fusion, crossover, whatever one chooses to call it, drummer Cobham is one of the master chefs of the mixed musical stew of jazz, pop, rock and beyond. Blue Note Milano. 02.69.01.68.88.
Feb. 11 & 12. (Sat. & Sun.) Take 6. The six a cappella singers of Take 6 have taken every element in the history of jazz vocal ensembles, added their own unique talents and created the best new jazz ensemble singing of the 21st century. Blue Note Tokyo. 03.5485.0088.
Janis Siegel photo by Bob Barry.