Notes From the Left Coast: The Dave Damiani Big band and Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman The right musical group, the right venue and the right book got together early last week at Catalina Bar and Grill. And the results were superlative. The group, Dave Damiani and his No Vacancy Orchestra, celebrating the Frank Sinatra 100th birthday, offered one of their high quality displays of hard swinging big… Read More Notes From the Left Coast: The Dave Damiani Big band and Catalina Bar & Grill

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Live Music: Corky Hale and Eloise Laws at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman Hollywood. Any evening of music with the names of Corky Hale and Eloise Laws at the top of the program is pretty much guaranteed to offer plenty of memorable moments. Which is exactly what happened Wednesday night at Catalina Bar & Grill. The overflow crowd of enthusiastic fans, filling virtually every table… Read More Live Music: Corky Hale and Eloise Laws at Catalina Bar & Grill

Here, There & Everywhere: A Tribute to Myrna Daniels at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman “A Tribute” was the nominal title of the event that took place Sunday afternoon at Catalina Bar & Grill. But it was actually much more than that. Some called it a Love Feast, celebrating the accomplishments of Myrna Daniels and her L.A.,Jazz Scene Newspaper. Others referred, repeatedly, to the coming together of… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: A Tribute to Myrna Daniels at Catalina Bar & Grill

Live Jazz: The Arturo Sandoval Big Band Performs for the California Jazz Foundation at Catalina Bar & Grill

By Don Heckman Hollywood, CA.  “Let’s Give the Band A Hand” was the title for the jazz celebration at Catalina Bar & Grill Sunday night.  It was right on target.  The program was the annual fund-raiser for the California Jazz Foundation.  And the very worthy honoree was Catalina Popescu.  Both the CJF and Catalina have… Read More Live Jazz: The Arturo Sandoval Big Band Performs for the California Jazz Foundation at Catalina Bar & Grill