Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 5

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 1. (Wed.) A Celtic Christmas.  Irish Storyteller Tomaseen Foley creates a traditional night before Christmas, filled with dancing, music-making and holiday joy.  Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. (562) 916-8501. – Dec. 1. (Wed.)  John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension. The ever-exploratory guitarist performs with a group reaching… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 5

Picks of the Week: Aug. 24 – 29

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 24. (Tues.) Sarah Chang.  The gifted young violinist takes on the fascinating musical demands of the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Slatkin,  plays the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5.  The Hollywood Bowl. (323) 850-2000. – Aug. 24. (Tues.)  Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The… Read More Picks of the Week: Aug. 24 – 29

Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 30. (Mon.)  Gala Opera Night.  Demetra George and Ralph Cato perform “Villains and Heroines at the Opera,” selections from Puccini, Verdi and Strauss.  Frank Fetta is music director.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400. – Nov. 30. (Mon.)  Slide FX  Trombone Tentet.  Not quite enough trombones to play “76… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6

Picks of the Week: Sept. 28 – Oct. 4

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 30 (Wed.) Otmaro Ruiz and John Belzaguy Duo. Expect a musically stirring encounter between Venezuela-born Ruiz’s rich textured, Latin-tnged piano and Belzaguy’s sturdy, rhythmically versatile bass. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.  (310) 474-9499. – Sept. 30. (Wed.) Bob Sheppard Quartet. W. Larry Koonse, guitar, Gabe Noel, bass and Joe LaBarbera,… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 28 – Oct. 4

Live Jazz: Barbara Morrison’s 60th Birthday Celebration at the Ford Amphitheatre

By Devon Wendell The pure and joyful celebration of the life that exists in the blues was the central element of a most special performance for Barbara Morrison’s 60th birthday Saturday at the Ford Amphitheatre, when she was joined by a wide array of artists from the world of jazz, blues, and soul. After a… Read More Live Jazz: Barbara Morrison’s 60th Birthday Celebration at the Ford Amphitheatre

Picks of the Week: March 30 – April 5

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – March 30 (Mon.) The Frank Capp Juggernaut Big Band. It’s a juggernaut, all right – a hard driving, deeply swinging collection of L.A.’s finest players, working through the scintillating repertoire of the Great American Big Band Book. Charlie O’s. (818) 994-3058. http://www.charlieos.com – April 1. (Wed.) The Alan Broadbent… Read More Picks of the Week: March 30 – April 5