By Norton Wright Los Angeles, CA. Trying to review a performance of pianist Alan Broadbent is like trying to describe lightning in a bottle. Broadbent’s playing is electrifying, so charged with power, substance, and beauty that descriptions like “swinging,” “groovy,” “funky,” etc. are wholly inadequate. On Saturday night at the elegant and so well-suited Zipper… Read More Live Jazz: Alan Broadbent At Zipper Concert Hall, Los Angeles.
By Don Heckman Friday and Saturday Oct. 23 & 24 Thelma Houston. “My Motown” Grammy-winning r&b singer Houston recalls the glories of the Motown era. Catalina Bar o& Grill. Friday Oct. 23 Doug Webb and the Webb Allstars. Saxophonist Webb is a master of every kind of woodwind instrument. Here he is, in action. The… Read More Picks of the Long Weekend in Los Angeles: October 23 – 25
By Don Heckman Sherman Oaks, CA. Call it a welcome double value for jazz fans Wednesday night at Jazz at the Cap. Why? First of all because it offered a performance by a group of the Southland’s prime jazz artists. And second, because they were appearing at an attractive new jazz venue. Let’s start with… Read More Live Jazz: Cat & Cip and More at Jazz at the Cap
By Norton Wright Los Angeles, CA. Over eleven hundred jazz buffs streamed into the Walt Disney Concert Hall last Saturday night for the first every KJAZZ Radio Summer Benefit Concert to hear three separate groups, each with its own unique style. There was something for every taste. Kicking off the evening was Harvey Mason’s powerhouse,… Read More Live Music: “Jazz At The Philharmonic.” The KJAZZ Radio Summer Benefit Concert At Walt Disney Concert Hall.
By Don Heckman The stage was almost empty Tuesday night at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. Almost, that is, except for one notable exception. Seated at the club’s large concert grand, pianist/arranger/composer Alan Broadbent performed several generous sets over a memorable three hours. Originally scheduled as a duo with bassist Pat Senatore, it became a solo night… Read More Live Jazz: Alan Broadbent at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 28. (Tues.) Alan Broadbent. Pianist/composer/arranger Broadbent was one of the Southland’s most gifted jazz artists for years. But he’s moved to New York, and his L.A. appearances are rare. Here’s one not to miss, as he performs in a duo with bassist Pat Senatore.. Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill… Read More Picks of the Week: May 28 – June 2
By Don Heckman Studio City CA. A loudly expressive full house crowd was waiting for singer Lauren White when she came on stage Saturday night at Vitello’s. Which was somewhat of a surprise, given White’s still emerging visibility as a jazz artist. But, although she hasn’t yet found the full audience her singing deserves, she… Read More Live Jazz: Lauren White at Vitello’s
By Don Heckman Hollywood CA. Steve Tyrell is back at Catalina Bar & Grill this week. No surprise there, since the veteran singer has become a regular at the Hollywood jazz room, frequently drawing overflow crowds to his performances of familiar standards. Which is what he did on Thursday night, with a program largely dedicated… Read More Live Music: Steve Tyrell at Catalina Bar & Grill
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 11. (Tues.) Sarah Chang. A gifted child prodigy, violinist Chang has matured into a superb interpretive artist. In this far-reaching program, she performs a suite from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Bramwell Tovey. Also on the bill – works by Copland… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 11 – 16
By Don Heckman Diana Krall just keeps getting better. She strolled across the stage at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night with all the confident panache of the major musical star she has become. What a difference from the Diana I knew nearly two decades ago. The Diana who then sometimes remarked about her recurrent fantasy… Read More Live Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl: Diana Krall and the Los Angeles Philharmonic