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
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
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.
Paul Simon Live in New York City (Hear Music) By Brian Arsenault Deep into Paul Simon Live in New York City, on “Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes,” Paul’s voice seems to strengthen and the song becomes one of the jewels of the album. At least until the gratuitous, hackneyed drum solo at the… Read More CD Review: “Paul Simon Live in New York City”
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
By Don Heckman Sally Kellerman started her set Wednesday night at Vitello’s with a gesture toward the season. Stalking on stage in an all black outfit, she held up her cape and serenaded the packed house crowd with “I Put A Spell On You.” (All of which she enhanced by sitting in a director’s chair… Read More Live Music: Sally Kellerman at Vitello’s
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