Live Jazz: Ginger and Scott at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By Don Heckman Seeing Ginger Berglund and Scott Whitfield at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. Thursday night had the vibe of a Swing Era performance. Most of the big bands of the thirties and forties prominently featured singers, sometimes two or more.  And among the most popular combinations was the dueting of the band’s guy and girl… Read More Live Jazz: Ginger and Scott at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

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CD Review: Cheryl Bentyne “Let’s Misbehave – The Cole Porter Songbook”

Cheryl Bentyne “Let’s Misbehave – The Cole Porter Songbook” (Summit Records) By Brian Arsenault You come back from cancer knowing you are mortal — you are therefore human — so Cole Porter’s ability to “cover the human condition” seems so right for Cheryl Bentyne, long of Manhattan Transfer. And it is. Thoughtful, playful, wry, romantic,… Read More CD Review: Cheryl Bentyne “Let’s Misbehave – The Cole Porter Songbook”

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

Live Jazz: Cheryl Bentyne at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Dynamic.  Enchanting.  High spirited.  Entertaining.  Hard swinging.  Those were just a few of the words that came to mind during Cheryl Bentyne’s appearance at Vitello’s on Thursday night.  And none of them were really adequate to describe her utterly mesmerizing performance. Everyone knows Bentyne from her long tenure with the Manhattan Transfer,… Read More Live Jazz: Cheryl Bentyne at Vitello’s