Live Music: Teka And The New Bossa Trio At The Gardenia Restaurant and Lounge

 By Devon Wendell Hollywood, CA. Today many Bossa Nova acts just phone it in and the romantically poetic aspects of the music are lost amidst an array of overly subdued and pedestrian vocals and redundant arrangements. This was not this case with Teka and her New Bossa Trio (featuring Chris Judge on guitar and Ruben… Read More Live Music: Teka And The New Bossa Trio At The Gardenia Restaurant and Lounge

Live Music: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Don Heckman It’s always a pleasure to hear Herb Alpert and Lani Hall up close and personal. The veteran showbiz couple, whose prolific careers reach back to the ’60s, are still at the peak of their considerable creative powers. On Thursday night at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc., the elegant, Bel Air night club founded by… Read More Live Music: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Live Music: “ModRock” at the El Portal Theater

By Mike Finkelstein ModRock had its official opening Sunday evening at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.   It’s an entertaining, feel good, romp through some very important times in popular culture. In the mid ‘60s London was ground zero for popular culture.   Long lasting fashion trends like the miniskirt came out of the London… Read More Live Music: “ModRock” at the El Portal Theater

Live Music: Steve Tyrell at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman Hollywood CA.  Steve Tyrell is back at Catalina Bar & Grill this week.  No surprise there, since the veteran singer has become a regular at the Hollywood jazz room, frequently drawing overflow crowds to his performances of familiar standards. Which is what he did on Thursday night, with a program largely dedicated… Read More Live Music: Steve Tyrell at Catalina Bar & Grill

Live Jazz Review: Judy Wexler’s “Talkin’ ’bout My Generation” at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman “Talkin’  ‘bout My Generation” was the title of jazz singer Judy Wexler’s presentation at Vitello’s Wednesday night.  And it was right on target – a compilation of songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s reaching from the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell to Richie Havens, Paul Simon and more.  In between numbers,… Read More Live Jazz Review: Judy Wexler’s “Talkin’ ’bout My Generation” at Vitello’s