Live Music; Natalie Cole and Chucho Valdes at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It’s no mystery that singer Natalie Cole has followed in the musical footsteps of her extrordinary father, pianist/singer Nat “King” Cole. Along the way, she’s won nine Grammy Awards after 21 nominations. Her 1991 album Unforgettable, which included an interactive duet, with her late father, on the song “Unforgettable,” triggering the granting… Read More Live Music; Natalie Cole and Chucho Valdes at the Hollywood Bowl

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Picks of the Week: Feb. 14 – 19

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Feb. 14. (Tues.)  Nedra Wheeler.  Bassist/vocalist Wheeler is a convincing performer as an instrumentalist and a singer. and she’ll no doubt be in rare form with the backing of  Lanny Hartley, piano, Clarence Webb, saxophone and Munyungo Jackson, drums.  Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.   (310) 474-9400. – Feb. 15. (Wed.)  Spanky… Read More Picks of the Week: Feb. 14 – 19

Here, There & Everywhere: The Jazz Winners at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

By Don Heckman The jazz Grammys have been awarded and – Surprise! – there are no surprises.  Which, given the nominations, is not particularly surprising. Even so, that’s not to question the worthiness of winners such as the Joe Zawinul album 75, (recorded a couple of months before the composer/keyboardist’s death) – despite its peculiar… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Jazz Winners at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards