By Norton Wright Wondrous was on November 2nd to see and hear Stephan Oberhoff and his “Heartbeat Brazil” quintet DAZZLE at the Catalina Jazz Club. Large visual screens displayed gorgeous photographic sequences of Brazilian beaches, beautiful people, sunrises, and sunsets synced to Oberhoff’s bossa nova compositions. Vocals, and instrumentals were backed by spectacular woodwindist Robert… Read More “Heartbeat Brazil” CD Release at Catalina Bar & Grill in Los Angeles
by Don Heckman Any evening of Brazilian music is almost always a night to remember. Stephan Oberhoff brings his Heartbeat Brazil group to Catalina Bar & Grill to celebrate the release of their new CD.For this event you will experience not only the familiar Brazilian jazz classics but the high energy street music called Maracatu.… Read More Highlight of the Week in Los Angeles: Heartbeat Brazil celebrates CD release at Catalina Bar & Grill, Wednesday, November 2.
By Don Heckman There aren’t a lot of performers for whom I would take on a major weather front to hear. But that’s exactly what Faith and I did last Thursday, when we drove down from Oregon, past Mount Shasta, through a wind-swept snow storm. To be sure, we were also heading south to spend… Read More Live Song: Sally Kellerman @ Catalina Bar & Grill
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – July 10 and 11. (Fri. & Sat. Barbara Morrison. She’s been busy around town lately, but Barbara Morrison is always a musical pleasure to experience. Here’s another welcome opportunity to hear her up close in action. Steamers. (714) 871-8800. – July 10 and 11. Fri. & Sat. Jack Jones.… Read More Picks of the Weekend in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York City
By Roger Crane Los Angeles. In 2013 jazz pianist, Keith Jarrett, who issued a series of albums that featured the standards, was asked “What do standards mean to you and why have you recorded so many?” Jarrett replied, “First of all, they are anything but standard by today’s standards. But they are exceptional.” These exceptional… Read More Live Music: The Great American Songbook is Alive and Well at Catalina Bar & Grill with Barbara Morrison, Stephanie Haynes and Jackie Ryan
By Don Heckman – Feb 27 & 28. (Fri. & Sat.) Stanley Clarke and Friends. Bassist Clarke’s “Friends” aren’t identified in the program for this gig. But Clarke, a world class artist with a stellar resume, can be counted on to surround himself with players capable of functioning at his Olympian jazz levels. In… Read More Highlights of the Weekend: In Los Angeles
By James DeFrances Hollywood, CA. The Sally Kellerman show came to town in a big way last Wednesday night at Catalina Bar & Grill. The multi-talented Academy Award nominated actress, singer and artist extraordinaire wowed the capacity crowd as they watched her soar gracefully across the stage and through the music with her trio. It… Read More Live Music: Sally Kellerman at Catalina Bar & Grill