Live Jazz: Ken Peplowski and the Ed Dunsavage Trio in a Siskiyou Music Project Concert

By Don Heckman Ashland, Oregon. In a fast happening program Wednesday night, a full collection of jazz perspectives were showcased in an entertaining evening of music reaching from small groups to the Rogue Valley All-Star Big Band. Topping it off, there was the stellar presence of veteran, award-winning clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Ken Peplowski and the briskly… Read More Live Jazz: Ken Peplowski and the Ed Dunsavage Trio in a Siskiyou Music Project Concert

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Live Music: Corky Hale and Eloise Laws at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman Hollywood. Any evening of music with the names of Corky Hale and Eloise Laws at the top of the program is pretty much guaranteed to offer plenty of memorable moments. Which is exactly what happened Wednesday night at Catalina Bar & Grill. The overflow crowd of enthusiastic fans, filling virtually every table… Read More Live Music: Corky Hale and Eloise Laws at Catalina Bar & Grill

Live Jazz: Jackie Ryan in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musicians Institute

By Don Heckman Los Angeles. Jackie Ryan made one of her far too rare Southland appearances on Saturday night. The program was a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musicians Institute featuring Ryan with the stellar backing of tenor saxophonist Rickey Woodard, pianist Tamir Hendelman, drummer Dean Koba and bassist Alex Frank. That’s an impressive… Read More Live Jazz: Jackie Ryan in a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast at the Musicians Institute

Live Jazz: Bob Sheppard with the Pat Senatore Trio at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Don Heckman Bel Air, CA.  Some of the best nights for jazz in Los Angeles take place on the week nights when the city’s prime jazz destinations – Catalina Bar & Grill, Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc., the Blue Whale and beyond – schedule appearances by the Southland’s finest side men (and side women). By the… Read More Live Jazz: Bob Sheppard with the Pat Senatore Trio at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Live Music: Robert Davi at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Don Heckman Bel Air. Robert Davi was back at Herb Alpert’s elegant Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. at the top of Beverly Glen last night. And, as always happens in his performances, he spent most of his program demonstrating his belief in the Great American Songbook as “America’s Shakespeare.” Davi, whose acting career began in a… Read More Live Music: Robert Davi at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Live Music: “Get On Up: A James Brown Celebration” at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman Hollywood CA. The Hollywood Bowl‘s diverse set of Wednesday night programs – from jazz and pop to blues and soul – hit a peak this week with an entertaining tribute to the incomparable James Brown, timed, no doubt, to the recent release of the Brown biopic, Get On Up. Given the “Godfather… Read More Live Music: “Get On Up: A James Brown Celebration” at the Hollywood Bowl