Hello Again: The Songs of Allan Sherman by Linden Waddell at the Gardenia

By Don Heckman The Gardenia Restaurant and Lounge, Hollywood’s cozy and amiable cabaret room, has long been one of the great cabarets in L.A., as well as the nation. Under the thoughtful direction of owner Tom Rolla, a former Broadway dancer, the room has continued to provide an engaging schedule of appearances by world class… Read More Hello Again: The Songs of Allan Sherman by Linden Waddell at the Gardenia

Live Jazz: Susan Anton and the Pat Senatore Trio.. at Vibrato Grill, Jazz…etc

By Don Heckman The music one expects to hear in the elegant night club at the top of Beverly Glen is up front and apparent in its lyrical name: Vibrato Grill, Jazz…etc. Add the fact that the club has other significant jazz linkages. For one, it’s owned by the veteran jazz trumpeter, band leader (Tijuana… Read More Live Jazz: Susan Anton and the Pat Senatore Trio.. at Vibrato Grill, Jazz…etc

Live Jazz: The Paul McDonald Big Band, Les McCann, Lee Hartley and Jay Jackson at Typhoon

By Don Heckman Monday night was a great night for jazz at Typhoon. As it often is in the open spaces of this warm and amiable club on the fringe of Santa Monica Airport. I’d often intended to show up for one of the room’s frequent Monday night big band programs but never quite got… Read More Live Jazz: The Paul McDonald Big Band, Les McCann, Lee Hartley and Jay Jackson at Typhoon

Dead and Co at the Forum New Year’s Eve eve and New Year’s Eve

By Mike Finkelstein Improbable as it may seem, twenty years after Jerry Garcia’s death, 2015 was a very eventful year in the Grateful Dead community. In July, it seemed that the final Fare Thee Well show in Chicago, with Phish’s Trey Anastacio on lead guitar, would be it for the resurrected Grateful Dead. But, as… Read More Dead and Co at the Forum New Year’s Eve eve and New Year’s Eve

Live Musical Theatre: “Guys & Dolls” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Through December 20

By Jane Rosenberg Entering into the gambler’s paradise that is Guys & Dolls, with its beloved songs, is like sinking into a warm bath: comforting and rejuvenating all at once. In a pared down version by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, directed by Mary Zimmerman and happily ensconced at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing… Read More Live Musical Theatre: “Guys & Dolls” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Through December 20