THE BEST MUSIC TO SEE AND HEAR THIS WEEK JUNE 13 – 19 IN LOS ANGELES

By Don Heckman Monday (6/13) …Monday nights have long been favorite occasions to hear big bands in action. As is often the case in L.A. Here are two of this week’s most bountiful opportunities: Stellar guitarist Kenny Burrell and the his swinging L.A. Jazz Unlimited Orchestra are at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood. Also… Read More THE BEST MUSIC TO SEE AND HEAR THIS WEEK JUNE 13 – 19 IN LOS ANGELES

Live Jazz: The Art Lande/Paul McCandless Quartet

By Don Heckman Medford, Oregon. Adventurous music was in the air Sunday night at Medford’s Artistic Piano Gallery in another stirring musical offering from the Siskiyou Music Project. What made it “adventurous” and “stirring?” Start with the world class musical inventiveness of pianist Art Lande and the multi-instrumental versatility of woodwind artist Paul McCandless. Then… Read More Live Jazz: The Art Lande/Paul McCandless Quartet

CD Review: Leonardo Amuedo’s “Guitar Stories” (Sony-Masterworks)

By Don Heckman Jazz of every stripe, from New Orleans to Smooth, with all stops in between, has always been America’s gift to the world. Honored in countries reaching from Asia to Europe, South America, Africa and beyond, it has also stimulated a flow of unique creativity from musicians in every part of the globe.… Read More CD Review: Leonardo Amuedo’s “Guitar Stories” (Sony-Masterworks)

LA Opera’s “The Magic Flute” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Comical, effervescent, and packed with visual stimulation, LA Opera’s The Magic Flute returned to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday after its acclaimed run here in 2013. From the minds of director Barrie Kosky and the English theater team of Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt, and a production of the Komische Oper… Read More LA Opera’s “The Magic Flute” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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