Picks of the Week: June 24 – 29

By Don Heckman Summer has arrived, with all its distractions, and many of the music venues — in the U.S., Europe and beyond — are either closed or booking with reduced schedules.  But there’s still good music to be heard. Los Angeles – June 25. (Wed.) Annie Trousseau. Multi-lingual singer Trousseau is described in her… Read More Picks of the Week: June 24 – 29


Picks of the Week: Feb. 5 – 10

By Don Heckman Los Angeles  – Feb. 6. (Wed.)  Sally Kellerman.  The inimitable Ms. Kellerman is back, this time with an evening of Valentine’s Day songs in a program titled, appropriately, “Love.”  Don’t miss it.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Feb. 7 – 10. (Thurs. – Sun.)  Robben Ford. Guitarist Ford, who moves easily across boundaries… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 5 – 10

Live Jazz: The Mike Lang Trio at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman It’s easy to take many musicians for granted.  The musicians, that is, who create the infinite array of melodies, textures and rhythms that are the soundtrack of daily life.  On television and film screens, Muzak, iTunes, videogame music tracks, favorite CD collections, and so on. “Studio musicians,” they’re called, usually with a… Read More Live Jazz: The Mike Lang Trio at Catalina Bar & Grill

Q & A: Nathan East

By Devon Wendell Nathan East’s long, illustrious career has firmly established him as one of the world’s top bass players and an impressive composer.  Recently I had the chance to speak with with him about his latest release with the group Fourplay, “Let’s Touch The Sky,” as well as some of the high points in… Read More Q & A: Nathan East