Picks of the Week: Mar. 8 – 14

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 9. (Tues.) John Pisano’s Guitar Night.   John Pisano trades riffs with Pat Kelley, who has transformed his Oklahoma roots into an amiable, highly personal guitar style. Ralph Humphrey, drums and John Belzaguy, bass, provide sturdy back-up.  Vitello’s.   (818) 769-0905. – Mar. 9. (Tues.) Bill Watrous and the San… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 8 – 14

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Picks of the Week: Jan. 11 – 17

By Don Heckman Los Angeles ………………..HIGHLIGHT……………….. – Jan. 12. (Tues.)  John Pisano’s Guitar Night.  “A Tribute to Joe Pass” with Frank Potenza and many others. Pisano’s Tuesday night guitar jams have been one of the Southland’s most dependably engaging jazz gigs for years.  Now Pisano – and his talented guests – are moving to Vitello’s,… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 11 – 17

Here There & Everywhere: “Civil Rights — Jazz Document 1963”

By Don Heckman I’m willing to bet that anyone who was actually around in the sixties remembers the decade as a whirling kaleidoscope of people, events and  places.  Yes, I know the line – if you remember the sixties, you weren’t there.  But I was there, and I remember it well.  Or, at least, I… Read More Here There & Everywhere: “Civil Rights — Jazz Document 1963”

Picks of the Week: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1

Los Angeles – Jan. 26. (Mon.) Remembering Russ Freeman.  A long overdue remembrance of the bop-driven pianist/composer who was so vital to the West Coast jazz of Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne and others.  Featuring trumpeter Bobby Shew, vocalist Tyia Wilson and a string ensemble performing Nathan Tanoue‘s new arrangements of Freeman works. Jazz… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1