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
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 30. (Wed.) Sting. One of the iconic masters of popular song makes a rare Southland appearance as part of his extended, “Back To Bass” tour. The Wiltern. (877) 686-5366. – Nov. 30. (Wed.) The Ron McCurdy Collective. Trumpeter/educator McCurdy blends his soaring trumpet sounds with the lush harmonies… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 29 – Dec. 4
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 8. (Tues.) Corky Hale and Friends. “I’m Glad There Is You.” Pianist, harpist, singer and imaginative producer Hale assembles most of the cast of prime talent on her album I’m Glad There Is You. The impressive line up includes Sally Kellerman, Ariana Savalas, Tricia Tahara and Brenna Whitaker,… Read More Picks of the Week: Mar. 8 – 13.
By Tony Gieske Waiting for the great Chris Walden band to begin its performance at Vibrato Tuesday, that old Louis Jordan classic “Coleslaw” kept going through my head. Down in Arkansas They call it coleslaw… It wasn’t because of anything on the dinner plates on the tables of the waiting listeners; you don’t order coleslaw… Read More Live Jazz: The Chris Walden Band with Tierney Sutton at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Sept. 7. (Tues.) Chris Walden’s Big Band with Tierney Sutton. The combination of Walden’s well-crafted arrangements, a band full of L.A.’s finest players, and the superb musicality of Sutton’s vocals should make for a memorable, entertaining evening. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. – Sept. 9. (Thurs.) Music of the… Read More Picks of the Week: Sept. 7 – 12
By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Aug. 4. (Tues.) Chuck Berghofer’s Midnight Jazz Band. Whenever bassist Berghofer steps into the leader’s role, you can count on the fact that he’ll be surrounded by world class players. And the Midnight band is no exception, with Gary Foster on alto sax, Tom Ranier on piano and Joe… Read More Picks of the Week: August 3 – 9