Live Jazz: Highlights From the 37th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival At The Hollywood Bowl.

By Devon Wendell It’s hard to believe it’s that special time of year again. Yet another annual Playboy Jazz Festival has come and gone. And with it, memories of drunken conga lines, the smell of cheap weed in the summer air, and a plethora of musical acts ranging from actual jazz, r&b, rock, and even… Read More Live Jazz: Highlights From the 37th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival At The Hollywood Bowl.

Picks of the Week – Oct. 24 – 28

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 34 (Wed.)  Sally Kellerman.  Hot Lips herself, in action.  But Sally’s a one of a kind vocalist, too, bringing interpretive magic to everything she sings. Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – Oct. 24. (Wed.)  Gabriel Johnson.  Emerging jazz trumpeter Johnson has been praised by Clint Eastwood and Chris Botti, and… Read More Picks of the Week – Oct. 24 – 28

Picks of the Week: June 28 – July 4

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – June 28. (Tues.)  Satoko Fujii.  The envelope stretching music of pianist Fujii, a brilliant composer/improviser will be enhanced by the presence of the similarly adventurous trumpeter (and her husband) Natsuki Tamura.  The Blue Whale.    (213) 620-0908. – June 29. (Wed.)  Bob Sheppard’s East West Band. Saxophonist-flutist Sheppard can always… Read More Picks of the Week: June 28 – July 4

Picks of the Week: June 21 – 26

By Don Heckman Los Angeles June 21. (Tues.) Misha Piatigorsky with Sketchy Black Dog.  The winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Composers Competition, pianist Piatigorsky’s extraordinary skills reach from soundtrack composing for major films to collaborations with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks and Joe Lovano. His piano trio combines with a string quartet… Read More Picks of the Week: June 21 – 26

Picks of the Week: May 17 – 22

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – May 18 (Wed.)  Bill in Brazil.  Grammy-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe, always unpredictable, displays his fascination with Brazilian music.  Vitello’s.    (818) 769-0905. – May 18. (Wed.)  John Proulx Trio.  Pianist/singer Proulx mixes his crisp piano styings with the gentle vocals of his Chet Baker-inspired singing. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400.… Read More Picks of the Week: May 17 – 22

Picks of the Week: Nov. 1 – 7

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Nov. 2. (Tues.)  John Pisano’s Guitar Night.  Brasil Night.  Pisano expands his usual two-guitar format into an evening simmering with the irresistible rhythms of Brazil. With Federico Ramos, guitar, Jose Marino, bass, Enzo Todesco, drums.  Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905. – Nov. 3. (Wed.) Ornette Coleman.  Jazz in the post-bebop era… Read More Picks of the Week: Nov. 1 – 7