Picks of the Week in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City, London, Copenhagen and Tokyo

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 23 & 24 (Mon. & Tues.) Manhattan Transfer and Take 6.  The two most masterful vocal ensembles of the past few decades get together for the first time. No wonder it’s called “The Summit” as they perform at the start of a national tour. Catalina Bar & Grill… Read More Picks of the Week in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City, London, Copenhagen and Tokyo

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Picks of the Week: Oct. 24 – 30

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 26. (Wed.)  Goran Bregovic Wedding and Funeral Orchestra.  Sarajevo’s wildly eclectic bandleader Bregovic leads an orchestra that combines Roma gypsy music, a brass band, strings, a male choir, Bulgarian back-up singers and traces of rock into an inimitable evening of mind-bending music.   Disney Hall.   (323) 8502000. – Oct.… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 24 – 30

Picks of the Week: May 17 – 22

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 18 (Wed.)  Bill in Brazil.  Grammy-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe, always unpredictable, displays his fascination with Brazilian music.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – May 18. (Wed.)  John Proulx Trio.  Pianist/singer Proulx mixes his crisp piano styings with the gentle vocals of his Chet Baker-inspired singing. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400.… Read More Picks of the Week: May 17 – 22

Picks of the Week: Nov. 1 – 7

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 2. (Tues.)  John Pisano’s Guitar Night.  Brasil Night.  Pisano expands his usual two-guitar format into an evening simmering with the irresistible rhythms of Brazil. With Federico Ramos, guitar, Jose Marino, bass, Enzo Todesco, drums.  Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Nov. 3. (Wed.) Ornette Coleman.  Jazz in the post-bebop era… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 1 – 7

Picks of the Week: Aug. 24 – 29

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 24. (Tues.) Sarah Chang.  The gifted young violinist takes on the fascinating musical demands of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Slatkin,  plays the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5.  The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 24. (Tues.)  Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 24 – 29

Live Jazz: The Count Basie Orchestra, the Dave Holland Big Band and the Dave Douglas Big Band at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It sounded like a good idea.  Big Band Jazz night at the Hollywood Bowl.  Lacking a resident ensemble such as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, L.A.’s fans of big band jazz are generally limited to hearing large ensemble sounds on occasional Monday nights at the clubs.  (And we can be grateful… Read More Live Jazz: The Count Basie Orchestra, the Dave Holland Big Band and the Dave Douglas Big Band at the Hollywood Bowl