Here, There & Everywhere: The Music (And More) That I’m Thankful For

By Don Heckman It’s that time of year again.  Thanksgiving Day has arrived.  And here’s my annual, continual and growing list of the many  reasons I have to be thankful. Let’s start with my most important reasons to be thankful: For my beautiful, loving, caring wife: Faith For my two incomparable children: Allegra and Alexander… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Music (And More) That I’m Thankful For

L A Opera: Bellini’s “Norma” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg On Saturday night the angels were singing in Los Angeles. Angela Meade in the title role of the Druid high priestess and Jamie Barton as Adalgisa sang Norma, Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece, to sublime effect. If the staging seemed a bit flat, the celestial singing of Meade more than compensated for the… Read More L A Opera: Bellini’s “Norma” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Picks of the Week- November 18 – 22′ in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, London, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen and Milan

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov.18, (Wed.) Brian Auger Trio. Organist Auger, one of the first jazz-rock crossover players of the ’60s, is still in action, still digging deep grooves. The Blue Whale. (213) 620-0908.   – Nov. 19 – 22 (Thurs. – Sun.) Steve Tyrell. Always adept at bringing a song to life,… Read More Picks of the Week- November 18 – 22′ in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, London, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen and Milan

Live Jazz: The New West Guitar Group with Halie Loren

By Don Heckman Medford, Oregon. At first glance, an ensemble consisting of three guitars and a singer would seem to possess limited areas of musical expressiveness – however much one loves the guitar. And there it was, on stage Wednesday night at Medford’s Artistic Piano Gallery – The New West Guitar Group with vocalist Halie… Read More Live Jazz: The New West Guitar Group with Halie Loren

Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Alive: “Autumn Leaves”

By Roger Crane the Song Scout “Autumn Leaves” – two words that sound like a line from Haiku and, in fact, the song’s origin was a French poem “Les Feuilles Mortes,” written by Jacques Prevert. That title roughly translates to “Dead Leaves.” Prevert’s poem was set to music by composer Joseph Kosma and introduced in… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Alive: “Autumn Leaves”

Hubbard Street and The Second City Perform “The Art of Falling” at the Ahmanson

By Jane Rosenberg If you’re looking for a production that reflects the human comedy of contemporary life in dance, song, and word, then this hybrid entertainment from the collaborative efforts of the dance company, Hubbard Street, and the improvisation-based comedy establishment, The Second City, is for you. It goes down like a favorite cocktail –… Read More Hubbard Street and The Second City Perform “The Art of Falling” at the Ahmanson