Picks of the Week: April 10 – 15

By Don Heckman  Los Angeles – April 12. (Thurs.) Carol Welsman. Traveling the world is at the heart of singer/pianist Welsman’s engaging new CD, Journey. She celebrates its release with an evening’s sampling of the rich, emotionally far-reaching songs from the album. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – April 11. (Wed.) Pacifica Quartet. The talented young, Grammy-winning… Read More Picks of the Week: April 10 – 15

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Picks of the Week: Dec. 19 – 25

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Dec. 19. (Mon.)  The Klezmatics.  Somewhere between Eastern European Jewish music, ecstatic Middle Eastern sounds and the rhythmic lift and improvisations of jazz is the territory in which the Klezmatics practice their musically creative magic.  Disney Hall. – Dec. 20. (Tues.) Jessica Molaskey and John Pizzarelli.  A Swingin’ Christmas.… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 19 – 25

Live Jazz: Chris Botti, Bobby McFerrin and the Yellowjackets at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman Chris Botti made his third consecutive L.A. appearance in July Wednesday night.  This time, he was at the Hollywood Bowl, following July concerts in 2009 and 2010, almost to the day, at the Greek Theatre. And this performance, like the earlier ones, defined why Botti has become the music world’s best selling… Read More Live Jazz: Chris Botti, Bobby McFerrin and the Yellowjackets at the Hollywood Bowl

Picks of the Week: Jan. 5 – 9

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Jan. 5. (Wed.)  Tierney Sutton Band.  Vocalist Sutton doesn’t just sing with a band; she brings her songs alive in an intimate, creative, musical companionship.  And the results are always fascinating.  Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Jan. 6. (Thurs.)  Elliot Deutsch Big Band.  Trumpeter Deutsch celebrates his birthday leading his… Read More Picks of the Week: Jan. 5 – 9