Picks of the Weekend: June 5 – 7 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, London, Paris and Milan

By Don Heckman Los Angeles June 5. (Fri.) Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway. The clarinet hasn’t been one of the lead jazz instruments since before the bebop era. But when it’s in the masterful hands of Eddie Daniels, lucky listeners have a chance to hear the full potential of the instrument that Mozart loved so… Read More Picks of the Weekend: June 5 – 7 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, London, Paris and Milan

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Q & A: Israeli Singer Noa (Achinoam Nini)

By Don Heckman Israeli singer/songwriter Noa, whose given name is Achinoam Nini, makes one of her rare Los Angeles appearances on Saturday night in a UCLA Live concert at Royce Hall.  Her remarkable resume encompasses performances and/or collaborations with artists reaching from Pat Metheny, Sting, Stevie Wonder and Andrea Bocelli to Lokua Kanza, Khaled and… Read More Q & A: Israeli Singer Noa (Achinoam Nini)

Live Jazz: Chris Botti at the Greek Theatre

By Don Heckman Chris Botti’s traveling road show made its annual appearance at the Greek Theatre Saturday night.  And the enthusiastic, near capacity crowd loved every minute of the two hour performance. And why shouldn’t they.  Botti’s warm and engaging trumpet sound is one of the most appealing timbres on the contemporary jazz scene.  He… Read More Live Jazz: Chris Botti at the Greek Theatre

OpEd Commentary: The Numbers in the Music

By Fernando Gonzalez The recently released Recording Industry in Numbers 2010, the report by the International Federation of Phonographic Industry, the London-based organization that represents record companies, offers a snapshot of the changing state of the business. Predictably, overall sales numbers declined (at 7% globally) — and the industry sees piracy as the most important… Read More OpEd Commentary: The Numbers in the Music