Live Jazz: the Bob Sheppard/Otmaro Ruiz Quartet at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Studio City, CA.  On any given night in Los Angeles, world class jazz can be found in venues stretching from Orange County to Ventura County, with many stops in between.  And Saturday night was no exception, when the prime quartet of saxophonist Bob Sheppard and pianist Otmaro Ruiz (with bassist John Belzaguy… Read More Live Jazz: the Bob Sheppard/Otmaro Ruiz Quartet at Vitello’s

Live Music: Judy Collins at the Valley Performing Arts Center

By Don Heckman Los Angeles, CA. Judy Collins was back in town Friday night for her second major Southland appearance in less than a year.   This time, she was performing at CSUN’s beautiful almost-new Valley Performing Arts Center. Once again, her performance was a virtual spoken memoir with songs.  Collins’ musical and personal history has… Read More Live Music: Judy Collins at the Valley Performing Arts Center