Picks of the Week: Oct. 12 – 17

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 13. (Wed.)  Wayne Bergeron Big Band. Trumpeter Bergeron, whose skills reach from superb section work to solid soloing, steps into the spotlight as a leader.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Oct. 13. (Wed.)  Ed Vodicka Big Band with Marlene VerPlanck. New York singer VerPlanck brings an imaginative… Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 12 – 17

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Live Jazz: The La Vida Music Festival with Louie Cruz Beltran, Pete Escovedo, Hubert Laws, Chris Bennett, Robert Kyle, Chalo Eduardo, Mariachi Ellas Son and others at the Ford Amphitheatre

By Devon Wendell In honor of Hispanic heritage month amd RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner cities), the first annual La Vida Music Festival, held at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Sunday, was a fun filled evening, celebrating the rich heritage of Latin and Brazilian jazz with an eclectic blend of new and legendary artists. … Read More Live Jazz: The La Vida Music Festival with Louie Cruz Beltran, Pete Escovedo, Hubert Laws, Chris Bennett, Robert Kyle, Chalo Eduardo, Mariachi Ellas Son and others at the Ford Amphitheatre

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