Picks of the Week: Feb. 15 – 20

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 15. (Tues.)  Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The JLCO under Marsalis has firmly established itself as the definitive jazz repertory big band, performing programs that keep the spirit of large ensemble jazz – from Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson to the present – alive and… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 15 – 20

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Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 5

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 1. (Wed.) A Celtic Christmas.  Irish Storyteller Tomaseen Foley creates a traditional night before Christmas, filled with dancing, music-making and holiday joy.  Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. (562) 916-8501. – Dec. 1. (Wed.)  John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension. The ever-exploratory guitarist performs with a group reaching… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 5

Picks of the Week: July 26 – August 1

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 27. (Tues.) and 29. (Thurs.) Heroic Beethoven.  A pair of evenings overflowing with the splendor of Beethoven’s boundless imagination.  Pianist David Fray plays the Piano Concerto No. 3.  And Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Eroica Symphony No. 3.  The Hollywood Bowl.   (323) 850-2000. –… Read More Picks of the Week: July 26 – August 1

Live Jazz: “A Night at the Beats” with Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman, John Handy, Kurt Elling, Michael McClure, Exene Cervenka and others at Disney Hall

By Michael Katz Disney Hall and the LA Phil continued their West Coast Left Coast series Tuesday night with A Night at the Beats, featuring two fine jazz ensembles, two classic West Coast poets and two singers from divergent backgrounds. A slight disclaimer before I go further: I was seated in the so-called “Orchestra View”… Read More Live Jazz: “A Night at the Beats” with Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman, John Handy, Kurt Elling, Michael McClure, Exene Cervenka and others at Disney Hall

Live Jazz: Hilary Kole at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman Singer Hilary Kole has attracted a considerable following in New York City via performances at places such as the Rainbow Room, the Oak Room, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.  She also co-created and originated the lead female roles in Off-Broadway hit musicals, “Our Sinatra” and “Singing Astaire.” But when she arrived at… Read More Live Jazz: Hilary Kole at Catalina Bar & Grill

Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 30. (Mon.)  Gala Opera Night.  Demetra George and Ralph Cato perform “Villains and Heroines at the Opera,” selections from Puccini, Verdi and Strauss.  Frank Fetta is music director.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 30. (Mon.)  Slide FX  Trombone Tentet.  Not quite enough trombones to play “76… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6