Picks of the Week: Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 31. (Wed.)  Bob Sheppard and Friends.  Halloween Party and Jam.  With Larry Koonse, guitar, Dave Robaire, bass, Charles Ruggiero, drums.  Wear a Halloween costume and get in free.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. –  Nov. 2. (Fri.)  David Grisman Sextet.  Special guest David Lindley. Mandolin virtuoso Grisman, moving easily across… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

Live Music: Armenia a la carte — a Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra event in Glendale

By Don Heckman The third event in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s a la carte season took place in Glendale Sunday night, at the House of Armenia, a historic mansion now serving as a permanent Consulate General of Armenia and cultural center.  Like other a la carte events, it began with cocktails, continued with a… Read More Live Music: Armenia a la carte — a Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra event in Glendale

Live Jazz: The Ron Carter Quartet and the Robert Glasper Trio at Royce Hall.

By Don Heckman Ron Carter made one of his far too rare Southland appearances Saturday night in a CAP UCLA performance at Royce Hall.  His quartet starred in a long show that also included an extended set by the Robert Glasper Trio. As the most recorded bassist in jazz history, it would be hard to… Read More Live Jazz: The Ron Carter Quartet and the Robert Glasper Trio at Royce Hall.

Live Jazz: Eddie Daniels Upstairs at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Eddie Daniels’ reputation as a gifted jazz clarinetist and saxophonist is secure. Always respected for his remarkable, genre-crossing clarinet abilities, his multi-woodwind work (especially tenor saxophone and clarinet) established him, as far back as the ‘60s, as a player at ease as a sideman and a soloist, comfortably expressive in jazz, classical… Read More Live Jazz: Eddie Daniels Upstairs at Vitello’s

Picks of the Week – Oct. 24 – 28

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 34 (Wed.)  Sally Kellerman.  Hot Lips herself, in action.  But Sally’s a one of a kind vocalist, too, bringing interpretive magic to everything she sings. Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Oct. 24. (Wed.)  Gabriel Johnson.  Emerging jazz trumpeter Johnson has been praised by Clint Eastwood and Chris Botti, and… Read More Picks of the Week – Oct. 24 – 28