By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 13 – 16. Thurs. – Sun. Steve Tyrell. Four days to enjoy Valentine’s Day at L.A.’s primo jazz room, captivated by Tyrell’s warm voice and engaging musical storytelling. Catalina Bar & Grill. (223) 466-2210. – Feb. 13 & 14. (Thurs. & Fri.) The Moscow Festival Ballet showcases a… Read More Picks of the (Valentine) Week: Feb. 12 – 16
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 8. (Fri.) Bill Holman Big Band. Holman’s music is always a pleasure to hear live. And this is an even better opportunity, since the band will be performing (on the first set only) its highly praised all-Thelonious Monk album, Brilliant Corners, in its entirety. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. –… Read More Picks of the Weekend: Nov. 8 – 10
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 27. (Wed.) Willie Nelson & Family. The inimitable Willie Nelson performs his memorable hits with the musical companionship of his talented family members. Click HERE to read an earlier iRoM review of Willie Nelson and his Family. Valley Performing Arts Center. (818) 677-3000. = Feb. 27. (Wed.) Shofar.… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 26 – Mar. 3
By the iRoM Staff With only a few short days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and with numerous clubs (especially in Europe) closed for the holiday week, we’ve decided to concentrate this week’s Picks on the celebratory musical pleasures of bringing in 2013. NEW YEAR’S EVE (DEC. 31) Los Angeles – Dec. 26 –… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 26 – 31.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 10 (Tues.) The Los Angeles Philharmonic. The summer classical at the Hollywood Bowl opens with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Also on the program — a trio of new works by female composers – Anna Clyne, Anne Lebaron and Cindy McTee. The… Read More Picks of the Week: July 10 – 15
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 18 – 20. (Tues. – Thurs.) John Scofield. Always looking for new musical adventures, guitarist Scofield has moved through every imaginable jazz variation, including – among others –blues, gospel, pop, funk and beyond. But he’s always been a solid bebop master, as well. Lately, he’s been going back… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 18 – 22
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 24. (Tues.) A Tribute to Gene Harris. This is as close as live music gets to the irresistible sounds of the late Gene Harris’ Quartet. Pianist Bradley Young takes the lead role, backed by a trio of alumni from the original Harris ensemble – Luther Hughes, bass,… Read More Picks of the Week: May 24 – 29
By Don Heckman Los Angeles Nov. 22. (Mon.) Judy Wolman’s Thanksgiving Sing-a-long. Great American Songbook. Here’s a chance to be thankful for Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Rodgers & Hart, etc. While having a lot more fun singing than you ever could in the shower. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Nov. 23. (Tues.) Jimmy Branley Quartet. Drummer… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 22 – 28
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 14. (Tues.) Michael Bolton. One World One Love Tour. The title says it all for the music of the two-time Grammy winner, Bolton, whose soft-rock style has been appealing to romantics since the ‘80s. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. (562) 915-8501. – Sept. 14. (Tues.) John Proulx… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 14 – 19.
By Don Heckman The Picks of the Week are late this week — the result of last weekend’s busy coverage of the Playboy Jazz Festival. But better late than never, and here are my selections for at least the last part of the week. Los Angeles – June 17. (Thurs.) Braziliato. An evening of entertaining… Read More Picks of the Week: June 17 – 20