By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 5. (Tues.) “And Then She Wrote.” Peter Marshall, Carol Welsman, Calabria Foti. Five time Emmy Award-winning Marshall (Yes, he sings, too) is joined by the lovely singer/instrumentalists Welsman and Foti in an evening of great standards written by women. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – June 5. (Tues.) Corliss Dale… Read More Picks of the Week: June 5 – 10
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 27. (Tuesday) Opening Night Gala at Disney Hall. The new season kicks off with a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, performed by the stellar combination of Herbie Hancock, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Also on the program, An American in Paris and the… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 26 – Oct. 2
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April. 26. (Tues.) “The Music of Sonny Rollins.” Tenor saxophonist Benn Clatworthy takes on the challenging task of exploring the music of a great jazz master. Expect intriguing results. With the Chris Colangelo Trio. Charlie O’s. (818) 994-3058. – April 27. (Wed.) Phil Upchurch Quartet. Master blues and jazz… Read More Picks of the Week: April 26 – May 1
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 30 (Wed.) Bill Cantos Quartet. Pianist/singer/songwriter Cantos is a first call rhythm section player. But he’s also a gifted performer in his own right, a songwriter whose works have the feel and the quality of the Great American Songbook. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – April 1.… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 29 – April 3
By Don Heckman Hearing Alan Bergman perform a program of his songs Tuesday night at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. was like hearing Johnny Mercer sing “One For My Baby” or Antonio Carlos Jobim do “Aguas de Marzo.” I say “his” songs inclusively, since they really were songs with lyrics written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, with… Read More Live Music: Alan Bergman at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
ByDon Heckman Give Herb Alpert credit. As one of the most successful musician/entrepreneurs in music history, he could easily kick back in his ocean-side compound, paint his paintings, make his sculptures and play some trumpet on the side, just for fun. But no. Alpert and his wife, singer Lani Hall still seem compelled to put… Read More Live Jazz: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 16. (Tues.) Johnny Mandel Big Band. Multiple Grammy winner, gifted composer/arranger/songwriter Mandel is one of the Southland’s true musical treasures. This rare appearance with a big band serves as an early celebration of his 85th birthday on November 23. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 16. (Tues.) … Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 21
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 25. (Mon.) Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Los Angeles has a full crop of big bands, performing with some (if still not enough) frequency. And the Big Phat band is one of the best, collectively and individually. Hearing them at Vitello’s is like having them perform for your… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 25 – 31
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 6. (Tues.) Arturo Sandoval’s Big Band. The versatile Sandoval showcases his trumpet playing, piano playing, percussion and vocals in the company of a powerful large ensemble, Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – July 6. (Tues.) A Glorious Celebration. The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale… Read More Picks of the Week: July 6 – 11