By Don Heckman Studio City, CA. Sue Raney was at it again last night at Vitello’s, offering a pre-New Year’s Eve seminar in jazz singing. And, yes, I know the word “seminar” has an academic inference that doesn’t really capture the full quality of her performance. But there was no denying the effectiveness of Raney’s… Read More Live Jazz: Sue Raney at Vitello’s
By Brian Arsenault I really don’t feel comfortable calling a column like this “The Best of 2012.” It’s not that I’m not opinionated enough to do so, it’s that integrity would require me to have listened to a whole lot more during the year. Wouldn’t one have to hear just about everything to do an… Read More Short Takes: Of My Favorites in Twenty-Twelve
By Don Heckman Jane Monheit is at Catalina Bar & Grill this week, following up on last year’s stellar performance at the venue. Once again, she’ll be there for the rest of the week, through New Year’s Eve on Monday night. And her opening night appearance on Wednesday was a superb display of the warm,… Read More Live Jazz: Jane Monheit at Catalina Bar & Grill
By the iRoM Staff With only a few short days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and with numerous clubs (especially in Europe) closed for the holiday week, we’ve decided to concentrate this week’s Picks on the celebratory musical pleasures of bringing in 2013. NEW YEAR’S EVE (DEC. 31) Los Angeles – Dec. 26 –… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 26 – 31.
A Christmas Jazz Tale by Don Heckman ‘Twas the night before Christmas and the gig was running late; No sugar plums, no candy canes, just another overtime club date, Holidays are work days in a jazz musician’s life, A chance to make some extra bucks to take home to the wife. Chanukah’s over, Kwaanza starts… Read More A Christmas Jazz Tale
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
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