MUSICAL PICKS OF THE WEEK (JUNE 20 – 26) IN LOS ANGELES

By Don Heckman

Seth MacFarlane
Seth MacFarlane

June 20 (Mon)… Seth MacFarlane with the Joel McNeely Band. MacFarlne’s singing is a convincing echo of the Sinatra, Martin, Rat Pack  big band era. In his spare time, the versatile MacFarlane also has a convincing career as the producer of such major animation series as Family Guy, American Father and much more. He displays his full musical skills at Vibrato Grill Jazz..etc.

June 21. (Tues.)… Make Music Day. The Skirball Center’s celebration of Make Music Day, a free festival of music held every June 21 in more than 700 cities in 120 countries around the world. Open to everyone—all ages and levels of musical experience. At the Skirball Center.

June 21 (Tues.)… John Pisano‘s “Guitar Night”. Another swinging evening of guitar jazz at its best. Pisano leads a group that includes guitarist Cary Denigris, bassist Chris Conner and drummer Tim Pleasant. At Cody’s Viva Cantina in Burbank.

June 21 (Tues.).. Open Mic. hosted by Keri Kelsey. Do you have ambitions to sing songbook standards in a cabaret setting? Here’s your chance. Actress, singer and vocal teacher Kelsey leads a regular Tuesday night opportunity to show off your skills in an appealing open mic setting at The Gardenia in Hollywood.

Tierney Sutton
Tierney Sutton

June 23 – 25… (Thurs. – Sat.) The inimitable Tierney Sutton performs the music of Alan and Marilyn Bergman. On Thursday, she will perform with very

Alan Bergman
Alan Bergman

special guest Alan Bergman and pianist Christian Jacob. On Friday, she’ll be joined by the Tierney Sutton Band with special guests Chuck Berghoffer (bass), Christian Jacob  and Ray Brinker (drums). On Saturday, Tierney will sing with pianist Terry Trotter, Chuck Berghoffer, and Ray Brinker. At Catalina Bar and Grill.

June 24 -25 (Fri. & Sat.) …“The California Saga.” The Tribe presents an all-star multi-media tribute celebrating the music of iconic Southern California bands. Featuring the music of Jackson Browne, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Doors, Linda Ronstadt, Loco, and the Mamas & Papas. The Beach Boys, Carole King, Joni Mitchell and more. Performers tba. At the El Ray Theatre.

June 25.(Sat)… The Fourth Annual KJAZ Benefit Concert. With a great line up including Ramsey Lewis, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jane Monheit. At Walt Disney Concert Hall.

June 26. (Sun.)… Hefti Plays Hefti. Paul Hefti pays tribute to the incomparable music of his father, the iconic composer/arranger Neal Hefti. A composer himself, Paul Hefti attributes his own music to the creative impulses he experienced in his late father’s inventive development. Here’s a rare opportunity to hear a captivating blending of both father and son. Vibrato Grill Jazz..etc.

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