Picks of the Week: April 26 – May 1

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

Live Music: Alan Bergman at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

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.

Live Jazz: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall 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.

Picks of the Week: Nov. 16 – 21

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