Here, There & Everywhere: Micah Altshuler Sings About A La La Dream…

By Don Heckman When iRoM’s London-based, European correspondent Ella Leya told me she’d written a song for her ambitious teen-age son, Micah, I was intrigued.  I knew Ella was a gifted singer/songwriter – her songs have been featured on such films and TV shows as Ocean’s Twelve, PU-239, My Sassy Girl, Dirty Sexy Money, and… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Micah Altshuler Sings About A La La Dream…

CD Review: Greg Lewis “Organ Monk: Uwo in the Black”

Greg Lewis  Organ Monk: Uwo in the Black By Brian Arsenault Listening to jazz genius Thelonious Monk has always made me anxious after about eight minutes, confirming son Kurt’s belief that I am a music primitive.  Interestingly, however, it’s Greg Lewis’ composition on the second track of Organ Monk: Uwo in the Black, not surprisingly… Read More CD Review: Greg Lewis “Organ Monk: Uwo in the Black”

Live Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Performs Ravel, Gershwin and Bernstein at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman French and American musics of the early 20th century were linked by many common interests, not the least of which was jazz.  On Thursday night at the Hollywood Bowl, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the baton of Stéphane Denève, gave an illuminating performance of works by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Maurice… Read More Live Music: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Performs Ravel, Gershwin and Bernstein at the Hollywood Bowl

Dance and Visual Art: Sharon Lockhart/Noa Eshkol at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through September 9

By Jane Rosenberg Modern art and dance had a unique relationship in the world of twentieth century performance.  To name a few collaborations: Robert Rauschenberg and Merce Cunningham, Alex Katz and Paul Taylor, Isamu Noguchi and Martha Graham.  And early in the century, Ballet Russes choreographers such as Fokine, Massine, Nijinsky, and Nijinska utilized the… Read More Dance and Visual Art: Sharon Lockhart/Noa Eshkol at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through September 9

Live Soul: Smokey Robinson And The Los Angeles Philharmonic At The Hollywood Bowl

By Devon Wendell                Before Smokey stole a piece of the Hollywood Bowl stage forever Friday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic demonstrated its love for American standards.  Half of the evening’s program was a dedication to the American classic song books of Bernstein, Mancini, and Gershwin by the Philharmonic under the conduction of Sarah Hicks, but… Read More Live Soul: Smokey Robinson And The Los Angeles Philharmonic At The Hollywood Bowl