Picks of the Week: Dec. 4 – 9

By Don Heckman (Because of a software glitch there are no photos this week.) Los Angeles – Dec. 4 – 9. (Tues. – Sun.)  Roy Hargrove Quintet.  Versatile trumpeter Hargrove moves easily from big bands to small groups.  This time out, he’s leading his fine young quintet. Catalina Bar & Grill.   (323) 466-2210. – Dec.… Read More Picks of the Week: Dec. 4 – 9

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Live Jazz: The Johnny Crawford Orchestra and the Bill Cunliffe Septet at a free Playboy Jazz Festival Community Event in Beverly Hills

by Devon Wendell The 32nd annual Playboy Jazz Festival season kicked off with a free concert in Beverly Hills featuring Bill Cunliffe and his Septet, and the Johnny Crawford Orchestra — a pair of diverse acts preserving pivotal traditions in jazz history. Opening the program, Grammy-winning pianist/arranger/composer Cunliffe and his players performed a set almost… Read More Live Jazz: The Johnny Crawford Orchestra and the Bill Cunliffe Septet at a free Playboy Jazz Festival Community Event in Beverly Hills