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

CD Jazz Review: “Frankly” by Paquito Hechavarria

Paquito Hechavarría Frankly (Calle54/Sony Music) By Fernando Gonzalez You may not know who he is, but you have heard Miami-based Cuban pianist Francisco “Paquito” Hechavarría. He´s the one who played the exacting, driving tumbao (a repeated  pattern) in Gloria Estefan’s monster hit “Conga.” And well before that he played on Mongo Santamaría´s classic Our Man… Read More CD Jazz Review: “Frankly” by Paquito Hechavarria