Picks of the Week: Mar. 13 – 18

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 13. (Tues.)  Willie Nelson and Family. Legendary is a word that actually has some veracity when applied to the music and the career of superstar Nelson.  He makes his first appearance at Disney Hall on a bill that also includes his family members, as well as a group… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 13 – 18

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CD Review: Magnolia Memoir — “The Perfect Crime”

Magnolia Memoir  The Perfect Crime (Peak/eOne Music) By Devon Wendell For the past two years, the Los Angeles five piece ensemble Magnolia Memoir has attracted a large fan base with captivating live shows in which the group combines traditional jazz with R&B and poetry-fueled alternative rock. Finally, Magnolia Memoir has released its long awaited major… Read More CD Review: Magnolia Memoir — “The Perfect Crime”

Live Music: Nellie McKay at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Tony Gieske It’s a Churchillian task to write about Nellie McKay‘s performance Saturday at Catalina’s. There she stood  in all her Debbie Reynolds-ness, offering  a figurative “blood, toil, tears and sweat,” among other exudations, in a skit that rivalled the works of Imogene Coca, Fran Leibowitz, Dorothy Parker, Fran Landesman  or Alice  Ghostley, with… Read More Live Music: Nellie McKay at Catalina Bar & Grill

CD Review: James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt, “All Wood and Doors”

James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt All Wood and Doors (Beachwood Recordings) By Brian Arsenault In my imagination, two old folkies walk into a bar and after a bucket of beers one of them says: “You know, we ought to record a CD of Doors songs.  They still got lots of fans, you know.” The… Read More CD Review: James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt, “All Wood and Doors”

Live Jazz; Dee Dee Bridgewater and Al Jarreau at Disney Concert Hall

By Don Heckman The combination of Al Jarreau and Dee Dee Bridgewater, performing at Disney Hall Sunday night on the same stage was an inspired booking.  One could make a good case for the event as a rare display of brilliant jazz singing at the highest level.  The only missing element, in fact, was the… Read More Live Jazz; Dee Dee Bridgewater and Al Jarreau at Disney Concert Hall